New York City Food Policy Watch
March 2015

The Advocate: 

 Interview with Dara Cooper
NYC Food and Fitness Partnership,
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Dara Cooper serves as the director of the NYC Food and Fitness Partnership, with extensive experience in local food systems, community access, community health and community economic development.



Race, Racism and Food Justice 

Simran Noor (Center for Social Inclusion) and Naa Oyo A. Kwate (Rutgers University) present at the February 17 Food Policy for Breakfast Seminar on Race, Racism and Food Justice.

Nicholas Freudenberg and Diana Johnson reflect on our recent Food Policy for Breakfast Seminar, Race, Racism and Food Justice: Advancing a More Equitable Food System in New York City.

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NYC Mayor Announces $150 Million Investment in Hunts Point Market

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that his administration will invest $150 million over 12 years in the South Bronx Hunts Point distribution center, a critical source of fresh food in New York City. We asked some NYC food observers to comment.

Community Partner Spotlight: 
Boriken Neighborhood Health Center  
Ribbon cutting at Boriken Neighborhood Health Center, June 2014
Boriken's mission is to provide the highest quality comprehensive medical, dental, health education and social services to the residents of East Harlem without regard to the individual patient's ability to pay.

Around Town:
Healthy Food Retail Networking Group
Quarterly Meeting  & Summit Report 
John Stepanian (Community Solidarity, Inc.), Molly Hartman (Mayor's Office of Food Policy) and Nicholas Freudenberg (NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College) present at the February 2015 Healthy Food Retail Quarterly Meeting.
Interested in healthy food retail? Download the 2014 Healthy Food Retail Summit Report and read our recap of the Healthy Food Retail Networking Group's recent quarterly meeting. 
NYC Food by the Numbers: 
New York State Agriculture 
A recent publication from the NYS Comptroller summarizes statewide data from the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. Here we highlight some key numbers.

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Current Food Policy News  

Eating a Burger or Driving a Car: Which Harms Planet More? (National Geographic) 


Interesting Food-Tech Innovations, Websites and Apps (Diet Detective) 


Feeding Kids Well (NY Times) 

Food Policy Journal Watch 

Influence of food companies' brand mascots and entertainment companies' cartoon media characters on children's diet and health: a systematic review and research needs. (Obesity Reviews) 


Consumer judgments of explicit and implied health claims on foods: Misguided but not misled (Food Policy) 


Use of a new availability index to evaluate the effect of policy changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) on the food environment in New Orleans (Public Health Nutrition) 

New York City Food Policy Watch is the monthly e-newsletter of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College. We keep an eye on food policy in New York City and on urban food policy around the nation and the world. We also provide updates on our own policy analyses and research activities and on the food policy activities of City University of New York faculty, students and staff. To subscribe to our newsletter click here >>>

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In This Issue
The Advocate: Dara Cooper
Race, Racism and Food Justice
Investing in Regional Food Distribution
Community Partner Spotlight
Healthy Food Retail
NYC Food by the Numbers
Food Policy News
Center News Brief
Upcoming Food Policy for Breakfast Seminars

March 17, 2015
Food Policy for Breakfast:
Eric Holt Gimenez,
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy: Putting the Public Back in Food
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April 21, 2015
Food Policy for Breakfast:
Barbara Turk, Mayor's Office of Food Policy: Toward a Global Urban Food Policy Pact

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

FPC News 

Student-created counter marketing campaigns against fast food companies in a pilot workshop

We are pleased to announce that we are the recipients of a grant from the Levitt Foundation to support our East Harlem Youth Food Educators Pilot program. This grant will enable us to engage young people in learning about healthy eating and food systems, improving access to affordable fresh and nutritious foods in their own neighborhoods.


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.