About the Vision

ART is what we imagine and create that shapes how we live. FOOD is the sustenance we need to live. LIFE is how we use, value, and share what we create to survive and thrive. Project EATS - in its design, work and relationships - operates from the interweaving of these key aspects of being.

Project EATS’ mission is for everyone to have the opportunity - regardless of income - to live healthily and to thrive. To achieve our mission, we join with residents and other stakeholders in neighborhoods to work as both a catalyst and support in creating community-based enterprises that grow and distribute food and programs that inspire, engage, cultivate understanding and strengthen ties between neighbors. The end goal is to increase the well-being of individuals and to improve the social, economic, and cultural viability of their communities.

Through our Enterprise Program, we work with residents and other neighborhood stakeholders to create a network of a community-based small plot, high-yield farms that naturally grow and distribute fresh produce for locals and non-locals. Our small-scale manufacturing operations produce food-based and agricultural products. These enterprises provide youth and adult residents with skills, experience, employment and careers, and support aspiring entrepreneurs. Through our Community Programs, we provide a range of activities and opportunities that includes the integration and creation of art as a mode of communication, action, and reflection in which individuals and groups of residents engage. We also provide food and wellness-oriented workshops, community meals and events, and “food-as-medicine” programs to support people’s efforts to live healthier lives.

Project EATS is a New York City-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves all members of the community regardless of age, race, color, creed, religion, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected status under applicable laws. 


I don't know what I would like to be yet, but Project EATS helped me to realize that I love to work with people and be close to the community.
-- Project EATS Youth Fellow, Summer 2014

Meet the team

LINDA GOODE BRYANT is the Founder and President of Project EATS, originally from Columbus, OH. She developed Project EATS while filming the 2004 Presidential Elections and developed Project EATS during the 2008 Global Food Crisis. Linda is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Peabody Award recipient. She was Founder and Director of Just Above Midtown, Inc. (JAM), a New York City non-profit artist space. Linda has a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in painting from Spelman College.

Linda believes art is as organic as food and life. It is a conversation anyone can enter. It is a place where we all reside. An energy that is always renewable. It is the essence of humanity. It is our promise to care and take care.


Meet the Board

BARRY ROSEN, BOARD CHAIRMAN has worked in the arts in New York for over 40 years. Rather simultaneously, 1977 brought him to the founding staff of the New Museum, a book project at ARTnews (The Art World, a 75-Year Treasury of ARTNews, edited by Barbaralee Diamonstein) and a brief internship with John Hanhardt at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Following that, beginning in 1978, work in galleries led him to what has become his professional focus: an intimate engagement with the works of Eva Hesse and Dale Chihuly and commitments to Ida Applebroog and the estates of Allan Kaprow and Dieter Roth. Despite constant travel, a belief in community, and the importance of sharing knowledge and culture is prime. Working with art institutions as diverse as an alternative space in New York City, an artist’s colony in Massachusetts, an arts education program for elders in Seattle; a glassblowing studio for at-risk youth on the Taos pueblo, and a small art museum in Tacoma, Washington; and now Project EATS, it’s been his good fortune to be of help to others.


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