Who’s Behind Food in the ‘Hood?

The Food in the ‘Hood Committee is comprised of a diverse group of community residents, business owners, organizational partners, and BSHC staff/interns.   Formed in 2006, the coalition provides leadership surrounding the implementation of various food access initiatives in the Bowdoin Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester.

Committee meetings are open to the public and are held from 6-7:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month from November thru June at the Bowdoin Street Health Center.  Contact us anytime with questions by email or phone at 617-754-0026.

Here’s a sampling of some of the people and entities involved in our work:

Bowdoin Street Health Center Staff
Maura Ackerman, Healthy Food Access Coordinator*
Philly Laptiste, Operations Manager for Community Health
Tien Le, Nutritionist*
Jen French, Health & Wellness Coach

Community Residents
Linda Loska
Coretta Brown
Ronald Bennett

(A multitude of community members have been involved with our work over the years since its inception in 2006.  To protect their privacy, their names are shared only with explicit permission.)


Healthy Food Access Interns, Volunteers, & Alumni

Deise Mendes*
Damian Jones*
Monica Fontes*
Oriana Barbosa*
Jenaire Dautruche*
Joicenina Carvaino
Bethany Pires
Robyn Lightner

Business Owners
America’s Food Basket – Bowdoin Street
Sobrino Market – Geneva Avenue
Cruz Market – Bowdoin Street
Ramirez Grocery – Geneva Avenue
Dorchester Community Coop
Heavens Harvest Organic Farm
Proofed Artisinal & Traditional Breads
Cape Cod Fish Share
Red’s Best Fish
Meadow River Farm
Ward’s Berry Farm
Mei Mei Street Kitchen

Organizational Partners
Bowdoin Street Health Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
The City of Boston
The Food Project
The Trustees of Reservations – Powisset Farm and City Harvest
Heavens Harvest Organic Farm
Healthy Urban Initiative
Ward’s Berry Farm
Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter’s
ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center
ABCD Geneva Avenue HeadStart/Early HeadStart
The Family Nurturing Center/Dorchester CARES
Boston Public Health Commission
Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness
Boston Natural Areas Network
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
Mattapan Coalition for Food & Fitness
ReVision Urban Farm
Land’s Sake Farm
Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets
Uphams Corner Health Center
Green Dorchester

…and more!

*Denotes contributor to blog content and stories.

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