BSCAH is the Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger and is located in Bed Stuy, a neighborhood located in Central Brooklyn. 142,058 call Bed Stuy home, with a density of 55,142 people per square mile, compared to 34,920 people per square mile in Brooklyn as a whole. Unemployment, under-employment, poverty and the accompanying inability to buy food continues to plague Bed Stuy and the rest of central Brooklyn. And with a frayed social safety net, the Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger is increasingly relied upon to help feed the neediest of our neighbors.
- Today, the poverty rate in Bedford-Stuyvesant remains near 30%, which is higher than the rest of Brooklyn (19%), New York State (11%) and the country (10%). Source: Social Explorer
- In 2008, 51 percent of Brooklynites experienced difficulty in affording food. This number is up from 24 percent over rates seen in 2003 (more than double) and up from 39 percent in 2007 (a 31 percent increase).
- The average salary of seniors living in BSCAH’s immediate community is less than $25,000.
- In 2008, BSCAH served 10,000 additional children over the number served in 2007.
- 98% of children served by BSCAH receive free and reduced lunch.
- 23% of the total client population served by BSCAH suffers from high blood pressure and/or diabetes. This is a direct correlation to the unhealthy diets often associated with poverty and the lack of consistent access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Currently, BSCAH is the only client choice pantry/urban farm available to the citizens of Bed Stuy.
- Almost half (44%) of low income New Yorkers reported reducing their food intake during the recession and 45% said they reduced the quality of the food they purchased (Source: Food Bank For NYC)