The Bronx Salad
The Bronx Salad was a direct response to the Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings Report that placed the Bronx in the last place, 62 out of 62; the unhealthiest county in New York. The rating sparked the initiative #NOT62; a campaign to improve health outcomes for Bronx residents by 2020. It is known that the South Bronx is considered a food desert and doesn’t have access to affordable and healthy food options. To challenge this, the United Business Cooperative, SOBRO, and the Bronx Health REACH collaborated in making a healthy dish that would also be unique to the Bronx. After 8 months of sampling and collecting community votes and input, the salad evolved into a cohesion of flavors with mixed greens, red peppers, red onions, olives, tomatoes, corn, black beans, plantain chips, mango and avocado to represent the diversity of the borough. The vegetables for the Bronx Salad are grown using revolutionary technology, with local youth-led hydroponic gardens to harvest the vegetables, and the remaining ingredients locally sourced. The salad is currently being served throughout the Bronx in schools, restaurants, and in private and public institutions to bring awareness and access in order to meet the needs of the borough.