Two Bridges Neighborhood Council Launches ‘NeighborFood’ Campaign

Posted on: December 18th, 2013 at 6:03 am by

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Two Bridges Neighborfood Grocery Guide

To put it bluntly, the loss of the Cherry Street Pathmark soured the food shopping experience for many in the immediate vicinity. It’s been well over a year since it’s closure, but a silver lining of sorts has emerged from the adverse affair. Two Bridges Neighborhood Council has been working tirelessly to rally residents, organizations, businesses, and elected officials in an effort to cultivate a local and affordable food option to meet the needs of a diverse community. And they are making this happen by way of a food guide – Neighborfood Grocery Guide, to be exact.

Available in English, Spanish and Chinese, the guide not only points residents in the right direction for local goods and services, but aims to add fuel to drive small business economy (bodegas, butchers, vegetable stands), on which the LES depends. The map is also mindful of special dietary provisions (halal, kosher, gluten-free, etc).

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Two Bridges Neighborfood Grocery Guide, available in three languages

In the words of Victor Papa, President of Two Bridges Neighborhood Council:

We want to foster a bond between local residents and their local grocers. This bond keeps the money here, increases choices, assures prosperity for local businesses, and better healthier choices for our families.

There’s more – a second phase is also in the works: “NeighborFood Ambassadors, a series of resident-led food tours and corresponding cooking classes focusing on simple, healthy recipes using fresh, affordable ingredients available in the neighborhood.”

The campaign has also procured the support of Margaret Chin:

This Neighborhood Grocery Guide will be an excellent resource for Two Bridges residents and the local community who want to learn about the affordable, healthy, diverse food options this area has to offer.  This guide will also help support our small business neighbors, stimulate our local economy, and keep our hard-earned money in the community

The official release is happening Thursday, December 19, at 11:00AM, at 80 Rutgers Slip (Frank Modica Community Room). The Neighborfood Grocery Guide is reproduced below. For more info, visit Two Bridges Neighborhood Council.

Two Bridges NeighborFood Grocery Guide (Trilingual) by eetbnc

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