La Canasta is a community based response to poor food access and rampant diet based illness in the Bronx. It is a program of the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center. Each week we purchase fresh whole vegetables and fruits at the Hunts Point Cooperative ProduceMarket. We also include beans, or peas and a grain: rice, whole wheat, corn meal, oats. We divide it into bags and distribute it to "drop-off sites" throughout the Bronx. The food in the bag changes from week to week (see our flyer), but always contains staples to provide 5 healthy vegetable based meals. We do not include lean meats, dairy products, spices or oil.
La Canasta has been chosen as a "food as medicine" program working with Saint Barnabus Hospital to control diabetes. La Canasta has been chosen by the Bronx Borough President to provide healthy, convenient nutritional support for seniors in the Bronx.
Bags are only $20 ($15 if you use EBT). The value of the food in the bag, if you purchased it at a supermarket, is $30-$35! We accept cash, checks, credit cards and EBT (food stamps). To get more information about the program or to set up a drop-off site please contact Brian Hynes at (718) 838-2636 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
La Canasta is supported by the Citgo Foundation and the Kenneth Cole Fellowship at Columbia University. La Canasta is the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize winner for 2017.
We participate in the #not62 campaign to improve health outcomes in the Bronx.