Canarsie and Flatlands residents flocked to the South Shore Educational Campus field, at Flatlands Avenue and East 77th Street, on Saturday, August 26th, for the 2nd Annual Community Health and Back-to-School Fair, hosted by Councilwoman Mercedes Narcisse.
Vendors from both private and government agencies were on hand to educate locals about their services and products. Also in attendance was long-term Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who encouraged residents to vote every Election Day, not just during the Presidential Election, to ensure that all voices are heard.
Following a fun round of Zumba, the Canarsie Courier caught up with Councilwoman Narcisse, who planned this event a year in advance. She shared the importance of bringing meaningful resources to the community. One of her main goals as a local leader is to help constituents have access to quality education, healthcare and housing. The councilwoman says she’s motivated by life; she believes life is a gift, and that’s what energizes her to get out and create programs for her community.
One of the many vendors bringing change to the communities they serve is “The Campaign Against Hunger.” This food pantry allows residents within seven miles of the pantry to have their food delivered. One of the pantry workers, who started as a volunteer over 11 years ago and is now in management, said that anyone who needs food can visit tcahnyc.org and register to do their online shopping. The pantry also assists residents with filing their SNAP applications.
The Campaign Against Hunger also has several urban farms throughout Brooklyn. The farms allow locals to pick free vegetables throughout the day, and these vegetables can be delivered. The Campaign Against Hunger also has a Fresh Vibes Mobile Farmers Market at the Canarsie Pier on Tuesdays and at Floyd Bennett Field on Saturdays. Both markets run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Community Health and Back-to-School Fair also featured a backpack giveaway and health screenings. The event was held in partnership with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Congresswomen Yvette Clarke, State Senator Roxanne Persaud, Assemblywoman Jaime Williams, District Leader Frank Seddio and Community Board 18.