New York City Food Policy Watch
February 2015

The Advocate: 

 Interview with Nadia Johnson, Just Food
As Policy and Advocacy Director at Just Food, Nadia works to increase awareness and action around local food and farm issues. 


Improving East Harlem's

 Local Food Environment

Ten representatives from various East Harlem community organizations have joined the 
2015 East Harlem Research Action Workshop at Hunter College to plan, develop and implement projects to improve food environments in East Harlem.


Community Partner Spotlight: 
Corbin Hill Food Project
Community Organizer Renata Thakurdyal manages a CSA pickup at the  
Urban Garden Center in East Harlem
Corbin Hill Food Project was founded with a singular purpose: Llevar alimentos frescos a las áreas más necesitadas, to supply fresh food where it is needed most.

Public Sector in Food:
Promoting Health and Equity
On January 28, NYC Food Policy Center Director Nicholas Freudenberg presented at the Annual New Partners for Smart Growth in Baltimore, Maryland. 
NYC Food by the Numbers: 
Fast Food 
The fast food industry represents a significant segment of New York City's food workforce and fills the stomachs of many New Yorkers with highly processed food. Here are several eye-opening local and national statistics on fast food establishments and their workers.  Can you guess the largest fast food chain in NYC? 

Read more here>>> 

Current Food Policy News  

The vegetarian restaurant will levy an admin fee of roughly 20 percent on all checks. No tipping required. (Dirt Candy 2.0 Just Opened, Photo

GOP senator: Forcing food workers to wash hands in bathroom not necessary (The Hill) 


Studies may shed light on food-stamp purchases (USA Today) 


Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress (USDA Economic Research Service) 

Food Policy Journal Watch 

Obesity follows growth of big box retailers and restaurants, Georgia State economist finds. Impatience, Incentives and Obesity  Photo From Wisegeek  

Food and nutrition policy: A biological anthropologist's experiences from an academic platform (American Journal of Human Biology ) 


Rising Food Prices, Food Price Volatility, and Social Unrest (American Journal of Agricultural Economics) 


What's on the Menu for an Equitable Approach to Nutrition Labeling in Restaurants? (Public Health Ethics) 


Planning for food security in a changing climate (Journal of Experimental Botany)  


Does SNAP improve your health? (Food Policy) 

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In This Issue
The Advocate: Nadia Johnson
East Harlem Food Environment
Community Partner Spotlight
Public Sector in Food
NYC Food by the Numbers
Food Policy News
Center News Brief
Upcoming Food Policy for Breakfast Seminars

February 17, 2015
Food Policy for Breakfast: Race, Racism and Food Justice: Advancing a More Equitable Food System in NYC
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March 17, 2015
Food Policy for Breakfast:
Eric Holt Gimenez:
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, Putting the Public Back in Food

Spring 2015 seminars held at
CUNY Graduate Center
9am - 10:30am
365 5th Avenue @34th St.
9th Floor
New York, NY 10016

FPC News 

Director of Community Projects Diana Johnson tables at Harlem Children's Zone

We are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Nevin Cohen as Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the CUNY School of Public Health. His current research examines the potential for cities to transform the food system through policies that support healthy and sustainable everyday food practices, including comparative research on food system governance and food practices in New York and Amsterdam. Professor Cohen brings his skills and experience in urban planning and policy development to his role as faculty associate at the NYC Food Policy Center.

Community Tool Box 
The Community Tool Box is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting an Out of the Box Prize to honor innovative and promising approaches to promoting community health and development happening in communities worldwide. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 USD.


About Us


The New York City Food Policy Center develops intersectoral, innovative and effective solutions to preventing diet-related diseases and promoting food security in New York and other cities. The Center works with policy makers, community organizations, advocates and the public to create healthier, more sustainable food environments and to use food to promote community and economic development. Through interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, evaluation and education, we leverage the expertise and passion of the students, faculty and staff of Hunter College and the CUNY School of Public Health and other CUNY campuses.   


The Center aims to make New York a model for smart, fair food policy.