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BK Urban Farming Nonprofit Celebrates Growth at Annual Fest

The harvest celebration commemorates Services for the UnderServed's work to build and sustain urban farms and address food insecurity.

Services for the UnderServed commemorated its annual Harvest Celebration last Friday. The annual event celebrates the organization’s commitment to community food security and the growth of urban farming in New York City. 

“In the face of ongoing challenges, including economic disparities and environmental concerns, we remain resolute in our commitment to promoting access to fresh, healthy food for New Yorkers in need,” said Perry Perlmutter, CEO of Services for the UnderServed in a press release. 

“We will continue to advocate for sustainable practices, equitable distribution, and innovative solutions that address the root causes of food insecurity.”

Services for the UnderServed currently assists with 75 growing spaces – from community gardens to full urban farms – operating throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. The organization continues to make strides in promoting access to fresh, healthy food for all New Yorkers. 

“We consistently hear from the people we serve that food insecurity is a real and pressing issue for New York families, especially since COVID-19. Urban farming is a key part of our broader work to bring affordable, nutritious food to our communities,” said Mike Hollis, Vice President of Community Food Security. “This year, our Urban Farms grew more than 10,000 pounds of fresh produce, which is equivalent to more than 7,500 meals, with an estimated market value of more than $45,000. We are excited to keep growing that aspect of our work in the coming years.”