Heidi's Healthy Canasta
Heidi's Healthy Canasta also formerly known as La Canasta is at a crossroads. Launched as a volunteer-run program from the Mary Mitchell Center to deliver low-cost healthy food; it was transformed into a mutual aid donated food distribution tool for six months of Covid-19 quarantine in New York City. Now it must restructure again, to meet emerging needs in the community with a self-sustaining model. Specifically, a large number of immune-compromised families want to avoid grocery shopping and would benefit from a delivery service, and even more families are in need of reduced-cost healthy food to improve their health without breaking their limited budget.
Your donation today can go to helping us provide bags to those in need and are unable to purchase Heidi's Healthy Canasta due to financial hardship further threatened by COVID-19.
Heidi's Healthy Canasta is a community-based response to poor food access and rampant diet-based illness in the Bronx, originated by the Mary Mitchell family and Youth Center. Each week fresh whole vegetables and fruits are purchased from the Hunts Point Cooperative Produce Market. What is purchased depends on availability, but most often includes: Beans or peas and a grain: rice, whole wheat, corn meal, or 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, but always contains staples to provide 5 healthy vegetable-based meals. We do not include meats, dairy products, spices, or oils. Heidi's Healthy Canasta accepts: EBT, Cash, and Check as forms of payment. If you are interested in purchasing Heidi's Healthy Canasta for you and your family please contact us today and we can get you enrolled.
914-810-4115 or [email protected]