In the Bronx, bodegas are a way of life. You can get everything from snacks to supper. But who chooses what they sell? Why is their stuff so cheap? And where do all those chips come from? In 2008, students from New Settlement’s Bronx Helpers, CUP, and CUP teaching artist Jonathan Bogarín investigated bodegas in the Bronx.
Through interviews with bodegueros, food distributors, government officials, health professionals, and alternative Bronx food establishments, the group learned about how bodegas operate, what role they play in urban communities, and how they fit into the larger question of food access in low-income communities.
We debuted the video at The Point Community Development Corporation to pass along what we learned on the potato chip trail. It has since been screened at such venues as MoMA, CUNY Law School, Weeksville Heritage Center, El Puente, the Department of Juvenile Justice, NYC food justice organizations, and in classrooms ranging from Economics to Health.
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