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BP Brewer, DCAS Commissioner Cumberbatch launch winter Food Box program for city employees in cooperation with GrowNYC

Program allows week-in-advance ordering of full bag of freshest produce from area growers for $10

NEW YORK, NY– GrowNYC, the nonprofit which manages the city’s Greenmarket program, is beginning the winter season of its Fresh Food Box program, and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, City Department of Administrative Services (DCAS) Commissioner Stacey Cumberbatch, and GrowNYC Executive Director, Marcel Van Ooyen, today announced a new Civic Center outpost of the program for City employees, located under the arch of the Municipal Building this and every Thursday through the winter. The program has also begun at four other locations.

“I’m so proud to help expand the Food Box program downtown to city workers, in cooperation with DCAS,” Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer said. “GrowNYC has created a win-win for both local growers and local eaters: a selection of fresh, locally sourced fruit and vegetables, in a manageable quantity and for a great price– ready to pick up near your office– is hard to beat.”

“We are proud to be working closely with Borough President Brewer on increasing our local food purchases, and thrilled to partner on this successful initiative that keeps our workforce healthy by making fresh, affordable produce available to our employees,” said Stacey Cumberbatch, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

“GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box program is one of the most affordable ways for New Yorkers to access fresh, local fruits and vegetables while putting more money into the pockets of our regional wholesale family farmers,” said GrowNYC Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen. “We are thrilled that the Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer and Commissioner Cumberbatch recognize the importance of eating healthy and locally and are committed to helping city workers access local produce at an affordable price throughout the year.”

The winter Fresh Food Box allows participants order on a weekly basis to pick-up a bag of fresh fruits and vegetables for the bargain price of $10, which would otherwise retail for more than $20. The Municipal Building location is open only to city employees, but these four other locations also offer week-in-advance ordering of fresh-grown produce for any New Yorker:

1025 41st Avenue, Long Island City
December – Spring
Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
First order 11/25/14, first pick up 12/3/14
Community Partners: Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House

Two Bridges
265 & 275 Cherry Street
December – Spring
Thursdays 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
First order 11/20/14, first pick up 12/4/14
Community Partner: Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Inc.

Bellevue Hospital
462 1st Ave
December – Spring
Wednesdays 11 am – 2 pm
First order 11/25/14, first pick up 12/3/14

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
331 East 70th Street
December – Spring
Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
First order 11/25/14, first pick up 12/2/14
Community Partner: Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box Program is a food access initiative that allows New Yorkers, many in underserved communities, to purchase a curated selection of fresh, healthy, regionally-grown produce; the best of what’s seasonally available. Fresh Food Box customers can take advantage of the cost benefits of buying in a group, and enjoy the quality and variety of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, with the flexibility of week-to-week purchasing. July through November Fresh Food Box produce is grown on farms in the Northeast; December through Spring, Winter Box produce is grown on farms on the East coast, within a one day drive of NYC.


GrowNYC is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that works to make New York City more sustainable, and improve the lives of all New Yorkers. Reaching two million New Yorkers every year, GrowNYC operates Greenmarket farmers markets, engages New Yorkers in recycling education and resources, builds and maintains green spaces and engages young people in hands-on education. Learn more at

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