Bodega Down Bronx

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? Where do all those chips come from? This film, made with students from New Settlement’s Bronx Helpers and the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), investigated how bodegas operate, what role they play in urban communities, and how they fit into the larger question of food access in low-income neighborhoods.

Over 6 months, participants learned about the business, politics, and science of food while building skills as video producers. Students played every role on a film crew and used what they learned to interview bodega owners, elected officials, food distributors, professors, health care workers, and members of the community. These diverse opinions were combined with skits, tours, puppets, and animation to create a lively video addressing timely issues with humor and imagination.