The People's Money (2022-2023)
Your Money, Your Community, Your Voice.
A Food Garden to Promote Health and Community
What problem would you like to solve?
Food insecurity, obesity, poor health, excessive carbon footprints, inactivity, community apathy, loneliness
Why is it important to solve? Why is it relevant for the community?
Before the pandemic, Northern Queens had some of the best neighborhoods in New York City boasting high household incomes, excellent health and fitness profiles, as well as a strong sense of community. Since that time, food insecurity, a rise in debilitating health conditions and obesity, community apathy, loneliness and more, have stealthily crept in dulling once shiny neighborhood reputations. Those most active in these communities see this and hear about it daily. Northern Queens neighborhoods, particularly Forest Hills and Rego Park, would benefit greatly from a food garden, which would easily stem the tide of what is a slow and steady slide to poverty for seniors and working class residents. It would promote health, fitness, community and sustainability all in one blow. It would connect people to their food, bodies, each other and the earth. Successful food gardens already grow in other parts of the city.
What idea do you have to address the problem? A food garden. The advantages are many: better access to affordable, organic produce, increased awareness of the importance of eating a healthy diet, decreasing carbon footprints, improving well-being and promoting volunteerism. It would also engage people in the community, provide a a social location that benefits everyone and create a sense of purpose for all involved.
Who would that help?
What NYC borough would benefit from your idea?
All of them, but especially Queens.
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