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On Monday, April 27, 2015, Brooklyn Born, a community enrichment food vending service, will kick off the new location of its Green Cart, a mobile food cart that offers fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods. The produce pop-up will be set up outside the back entrance of Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Arnold & Marie Schwartz Comprehensive Health Care Center, One Brookdale Plaza, Brooklyn, N.Y. Brooklyn Born Green Cart will be open five days a week, Mondays – Fridays, 10am-5pm, and accepts EBT and credit cards.
“We are honored that Brookdale Hospital invited Brooklyn Born to help their patients have access to fruits and vegetables,” says Kelebohile Nkhereanye, Brooklyn Born co-owner. “This is a powerful community collaboration where we can address the gaps. We get to provide foods that celebrate the diverse cultures in Brooklyn and debunk the myth that people in low-income neighborhoods do not want to eat fruits.”
Sponsored by East New York Farms as a part of the Food Dignity Project to help increase access to high quality produce, the Brooklyn Born Green Cart will also create opportunities for Brookdale patients and local residents to connect with one another, create a sense of community, and even learn cooking skills through demos, such as preparing salads and sautéing vegetables without losing all of the nutrients. Brooklyn Born also plans to practice environmental sustainability by using the produce they are unable to sell for juicing and salads that they will sell on the Brooklyn Born Food Truck. Additionally, there will be a food compost service where community members can bring their fruit and vegetable waste to be transformed into a fertile soil.
“The main objective is that we want people to have good food,” adds Nkhereanye. The street vendor runs the Green Cart with Brooklyn Born founder, Renee Boyd, where the dynamic duo combines their entrepreneurial spirit with their commitment to food justice and community. Boyd, a New York native, has been selling on the streets of Brooklyn for more than 20 years—starting with socks and jeans to now owning Brooklyn Born Food Truck and several vending machines. Back in Lesotho, Southern Africa, Nkhereanye’s grandmother taught her how to grow food, harvest it, and make a profit.
“In the winter, she would buy a sack of oranges—some would be for us, some we would sell,” she explains. “It was something that kept us financially independent.” Hitting close to home is an underestimate in terms of what helping locals eat healthy means to the Brooklyn Born team. But Nkhereanye admits, she’s not just doing this for the community.
“I also want to take care of myself,” she shares. “I want to be healthy. This work—food justice—this is part of me.”
Nkhereanye and Boyd are advocating for more licenses for street vendors. For the pair, it is also about job creation—and planting an important seed in Brooklyn that they hope will continue to spread. To learn more about the Brooklyn Born Green Cart and updates on the location, visit brooklynbornfood.com.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Jin’s Journey Brooklyn Chef Battle. Congrats to Team Oldways (pictured above) for winning the competition but more importantly we must give a shoutout to all the teams that competed along with the wonderful dishes they created. Check out more photos of the event on our Facebook page.
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EAST VILLAGE — A food truck fit for the Midtown lunch crowd has started feeding the homeless and hungry in the East Village.
Soul Food Truck, a new initiative of Middle Collegiate Church on Second Avenue and East Seventh Street, serves savory free meals including fried chicken and collard greens to anyone who steps up to its window in Tompkins Square Park on Sunday afternoons.
“You are not only serving food, but also dignity and respect,” said the Rev. Jacqui Lewis, 54, who has been at the helm of the church for 10 years. “Our goal is to balance nutrition with what tastes good.”
Soul Food Truck [Brooklyn Born Food Truck] started serving at least 100 hot meals from 1 to 2 p.m. each Sunday on East Seventh Street last month, and plans to continue through Palm Sunday on April 20. Recent menu offerings at the truck included vegetable chili and pancakes and turkey sausages.
“To get a hot meal on a cold day, that’s something,” said Belizaire Macary, 43, who stopped by Soul Food Truck on Sunday for a steaming bowl of chili. “I really appreciate what you are all doing,” Macary told the church volunteers, adding that he’s currently homeless and has been on the streets on and off since 1996.
The church said the truck, which belongs to a pair of church members who own and operate it as Brooklyn Born and sell South African food out of the truck in East New York during the week, has allowed it to expand its 25-year mission of giving groceries and other food to the homeless in Tompkins Square Park.
Renee Boyd, founder Brooklyn Born,LLC has been selling on streets of Brooklyn for more than 20 years. She started selling tube socks, jeans, t-shirts, and owns candy machines. This experience has inspired Renee to work hard and put resources together to buy the brooklyn born food truck. The intention was to have a beautiful truck which will serve delicious African-American traditional food to family, friends, customers, and the community.
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