New York, NY

Reaching More Youth Starved for Meaning

New YorkYouth Starved for Meaning

Since 2005the Reciprocity Foundation (RF) has been working to support homeless and foster-care youth aged 13-26 in their transformation from impoverished homeless kids to employed persons playing a leadership role in society. In 2011, Reciprocity opened the first Holistic Center for Homeless Youth in the US, which offers counseling, meditation, yoga, retreats, coaching, college admission support, and digital media training. In 2012, because of food shortages at homeless shelters, students were arriving hungry and unable to focus. To address this need, BGR provided Reciprocity with a grant to enable them to start a vegetarian meal program called “Starved for Meaning” to serve the youth a communal meal. Over the past two years, funding from BGR helped Reciprocity expand its kitchen facilities and double the number of meals served from two to four per week; the number of youth coming to the center for food also increased. In a questionnaire, 100% of the youth said their life improved as a result of the meals. They experienced a greater sense of belonging and felt more optimistic about their life. For 2015, Reciprocity’s goals are to increase the capacity of the vegetarian meal program, start an urban farming project, take the food program to the streets, and provide nutritional education.Annually renewable project.

Our Projects

BGR projects are designed to provide direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, to promote ecologically sustainable agriculture, to support the education of girls and women, and to give women an opportunity to start right livelihood projects to support their families. This is a selection of nine of our current 29 projects. Please select "Current Projects" from the menu on the left to see them all.