“You want me to be honest? This here is good food,” said Monti Harris, 22. He expressed his disdain for the fast food restaurants in the neighborhood. “I’m tired of buying sandwiches and Chinese food. I want some soul food.”
More importantly for local residents, supporters of the project say the expansion would provide Bronxites with easier access to fresh fruits and vegetables and will generate 95 permanent jobs.
The catering business started with Bascom investing $30,000 of his life savings. He said it expanded from there after “people ate my food and said, ‘we gotta use this guy more often.’”
While some in the community say that there are economic benefits to having the food distribution markets as neighbors, others say they are a burden, not a blessing.
A popular Longwood community garden is clawing its way back after it was broken into on three consecutive days in early August, and most of its tools and produce stolen.
Marley Spoon, an e-commerce meal-kit business — a burgeoning trend in the food industry – has taken a lease on a 20,000-square-foot warehouse on Manida Street.
Despite the Hunts Point Distribution Market’s command over the peninsula and the entire New York City restaurant scene, its reach doesn’t extend far into the part of town it calls home, where many residents struggle to afford or even find fresh, healthy food.