Give to the Bed-Stuy Farm & Food Pantry

$31,899 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 387 people in 19 months
Created December 28, 2017

Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest Center (BRMUHC) grows and distributes nutritious food to families in need of assistance promoting a healthy lifestyle for both body and soul to the Central Brooklyn Community.

Who we are:
Co-founders Robert and Devanie Jackson have spent over 28 years in public service and outreach work among New York City’s neediest residents and shared a vision of creating a place that would do much more than rescue people from hunger.  We set out to create a place of healing and pride. Our dream was to create a secure food system in a community with limited access to fresh and healthy food, to transform a decrepit urban landscape into a thriving urban farm, and to inspire local residents to take control of their own nutrition.

Fresh food grown at the Bed-Stuy farm for the Pantry

What the funds are for:
We need your help to save the Bed-Stuy Farm from going into foreclosure and the Urban Harvest food pantry from closing. The Bed-Stuy Farm is need of $18,000 to pay off it’s mortgage arrears by the end February 2018.  Everyday it is a hard struggle for urban farmers to maintain their land in New York City. Developers are always at door asking us to sell the farm so that they can build another construction project.

Hungry families who shop (for no-cost) at Urban Harvest food pantry rely on the fresh hyper local food we grow on the Bed-Stuy farm both conventionally and in our greenhouses during the growing season. The pressure to close our farm is not just being felt at our organization but there is also pressure from the building management company to evict our food pantry for a commercial business that can pay higher rental fees.  This is a monthly struggle for our organization even though we feed many needy families in the community. (This $12,000 request for support will pay for one year of pantry rent and utilities).

With your help we can maintain our urban growing and our food pantry spaces with a donation from caring friends like you.

Our community impact:
Urban Harvest food pantry  provided fresh food to the 48,000 needy seniors and families with children at-risk of hunger.
The food programs served over 468,000 meals.
The Bed-Stuy Farm produced over 2600 lbs of food for the community.
The Urban Harvest food pantry distributed over 28,000 lbs of produce to hungry families.

Bed-Stuy Farm mentors neighborhood youth

Our story:
Taking up residence in an old brownstone on a residential block near a major thoroughfare, BRMUHC was conceived of as both a part of and a resource to its neighborhood. BRMUHC first began operating an emergency food pantry program for the elderly, disabled, and low-income residents of their neighborhood.

“We decided to find a way to distribute fresh, organic produce through our food pantry at no-cost to the pantry guests.” -- The Jackson’s

Long before they planted the first seed in the Bed-Stuy Farm, Robert and DeVanie revolutionized the concept of emergency food with the belief that people with limited options deserve healthy choices, and that all people deserve access to fresh food, even if they cannot afford to pay for it.

And in just these 10 short years, the community has embraced the Bed-Stuy farm. Robert and DeVanie are not only beloved neighbors and missionaries to the people of their community, but have become community leaders to seniors and youth alike. The ambition and success of BRMUHC’s efforts has been recognized with many awards.

Your gift will help us continue our hunger relief work in 2018.

This is where you can help:
To all of our Bed-Stuy farmers, our friends, our families, our dedicated followers …and to all of those who just learned about us by reading this post, I am asking you personally to help us save the Bed-Stuy farm and Urban Harvest food pantry.

Your gift will help us continue to feed hungry families and grow more food.

Please consider sharing this campaign with your friends and family on Facebook, email, Twitter, and text messages. Each share makes a real difference!  

Everyone needs fresh healthy food to live.

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We are to providing you a summer update from Rev's Robert and DeVanie Jackson of the Brooklyn Rescue Mission Bedstuy farm and food pantry.
We want to thank you for your support and willingness to give. Many families are glad the pantry is open this summer, and many other pantries have closed because of lack of budget. The guests with kids at our doors have increased because school is out and the children are eating breakfast and lunch at home, therefore, increasing parent's families food budgets. It is fantastic to watch when children shop with their parents at the food pantry. The children pick many of food choices by pointing and suggesting what they want to eat. It is serious business picking the fresh apples over those oranges or those carrots instead of that cabbage. Your support also helps grandparents who spent time with grandchildren this summer provide summer meals. Seniors are on fixed incomes but don't miss those beautiful visits from their grandchildren.

Can you help by giving a gift of $10, $ 25 or $50 to help us this summer?

Your Support helps to provide meals kids this summer and allows Brooklyn Rescue Mission to feed hungry children and families year-round.
Thank you
Rev. Robert Ennis Jackson
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Good evening I would like to update on the status of Bed-Stuy farm and Urban Harvest Food Pantry. This week May 5 thru May 10 will be a time of spring planting. This is Brooklyn Rescue Mission's second season of cultivation after the mortgage arrears where paid. Our food pantry continues to serve people weekly. We were able to increase our service days and are open four days a week feeding hungry seniors, families, and children. We continue to mentor young people in civic and community service. The young people after three months serving in paid internships are referred to our employment partners for full-time jobs. We are open because of your kind generous support and that not forgotten at Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest Center.
We want to thank you again because of your gifts and sharing we were able to keep the doors of the mission open, We feed New Yorkers, of all races and cultures and ages.
Rev. Robert & Devanie Jackson
Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest Center
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Yesterday, we had a visit from News 1 Brooklyn. They are going to air a story of Brooklyn Rescue Mission today about our food Justice work.

We shopped some new families yesterday.
Your support of has made a difference in so many peoples lives. over 230,000 meal was served to Brooklyn residents and over 40% people serve in 2018 were seniors. Your donated dollars became chickens, hamburger, cabbage, potatoes, rice, and cereal and milk, peanut butter and other items.

BRMUHC 10 hours before midnight. You can help us start New Year ready to feed another 300 thousand meals in 2019.

Brooklyn Rescue MIssion is only $ 4,000 dollars from its goal, 100 people helping with $ 40.00 donation will help the organization reach its mark.

Please help us by sharing this message or making a much needed a year donation today.

Thank you Sincerely
Rev. Robert Ennis Jackson
Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest
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Dear Friends

We want to thank you again for your support in 2018. This year you helped us keep our program doors open and helped Brooklyn Rescue Mission feed hundreds of thousands of meals to hungry New Yorkers. We are a year-round, a full-time monthly feeding program.

Your support this past year also helped BRM encourage over 20 young people to gain job experience thru our workforce development partnership. The young men and women learned 12-weeks of work experience at the food pantry and the Urban Farm. We are in connection with a job bank placement agency.

Below is a short video featuring one of our past interns. The video explains how families and seniors are shopped in our program.

We could not have been successful this year, without your support.

To continue to support BRM in 2019 and the work we do, please consider making a donation to help us into 2019.

Thank you, Rev. Robert Ennis Jackson
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$31,899 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 387 people in 19 months
Created December 28, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest Center
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New York, NY
EIN: 320019367
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