The Bronx Salad
The creation and implementation of the Bronx Salad aims to improve access to healthy eating options in local restaurants. This initiative employs a holistic approach rooted in community engagement.
The Bronx Salad will help to increase access to healthy food options and create opportunities that will empower residents to work towards creating a more healthy and vibrant neighborhood.
The initiative consists of a collaboration between SoBRO, the South Bronx-based United Business Cooperative (UBC), and Institute for Family Health/Bronx Health Reach. The Bronx Salad will be served in South Bronx restaurants and eventually in Bronx restaurants borough-wide. During numerous community events, residents were able to sample and then vote on several salad options. As a result, the salad that will be served in area restaurants was selected by community vote and as the ingredients illustrate are a cohesion of ethnic flavors that are a representation of the diversity of the borough. The harvesting of many of the salad ingredients will be conducted on a local youth lead hydroponic roof garden, with the remaining salad ingredients will be locally sourced.
To complete the project, we need assistance in supplementing the cost of the salad ingredients for some of the small businesses.
why we’re doing it
This project contributes to a community culture of health because it allows the Bronx to be a “self-healing community.” It is a strategy that increases the capacity of a community to reduce cultural habits that affect their health. In the Bronx, we are not always consciously aware of our unhealthy cultural eating habits; instead, culture becomes our autopilot.
We unconsciously follow cultural norms, such as eating “comfort foods” that are detrimental to our overall wellbeing. This initiative allows all stakeholders to play their part in creating a culture where individuals, income, national origin, and geographical location does not impede their ability to eat fresh food, thereby making health a shared value.