In 2007, the Kellogg Foundation selected nine US cities to participate in its Food and Fitness program, awarding funding to bring about healthy change in low-income neighborhoods. Funding was provided for two years of assessment and planning work with the expectation that these efforts would lead to implementation funding over the next three to five years. Project for Public Spaces was chosen to join the New York City team, working alongside the Mayor’s Office, City Harvest, Transportation Alternatives and the NYC DOHMH in three New York City communities: South Bronx, East Harlem and Central Brooklyn.
PPS, as a member of the Partnership’s Steering Committee, collaborated on developing a planning strategy for improving food access and fitness opportunities in selected neighborhoods. PPS also facilitated a mini-grant project, funding smaller organizations to plan for small-scale projects to improve the health of their communities. PPS and partners provided technical assistance and arranged convenings throughout the duration of the project.
Currently, PPS continues to serve on the Steering Committee advising the Partnership on their efforts to move into the implementation stage, advocating for access to quality, affordable healthy foods and safe public spaces and environments for active living.