New York City Food Policy Watch
April 2015

The Advocate: 

 Interview with Meserete Davis, 
NYC SchoolFood

With 12 years of experience within the NYC Department of Education SchoolFood Program, Meserete Davis manages all products from conception to menu. 
NYC Food by the Numbers: 
Youth Directed Sugary Beverage Marketing  
Youth and Adult sugary drink consumption: New York City, 2007-2013
Despite the mounting pressure exerted by sugar-sweetened beverage companies to influence preferences in children and youth nationally, rates of sugary drink consumption in NYC high school students are declining. 
Nicholas Freudenberg Presents Testimony
at NYS Assembly Hearing on Sugary
Beverage Labeling 
NYS Assembly Bill 2320-A would require manufacturers of sugary beverages to place a safety warning on those beverages and in places where they are served.

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 Universal Free School Lunch Supporters Present Testimony at NYC Council Preliminary Budget Hearing on Education 
L4L student leaders from Bushwick Youth Policy Council deliver testimony at the NYC Council Committee on Education's FY2016 Preliminary Budget Hearing on March 25, 2015
Download testimonies and read our summary of the food contingent's remarks and highlights of the day.  

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Community Partner Spotlight: 
Harlem RBI's DREAM Charter School
Photo courtesy of Harlem RBI
DREAM Charter School, founded by Harlem RBI in 2008, prepares students for high-performing high schools, colleges and beyond. 
IFPRI Launches 2014-2015 
Global Food Policy Report 
Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico may be rising economic powerhouses, but these five fast-growing, middle income countries are still home to nearly half of the world's hungry, or 363 million people.

Current Food Policy News  

From Civil Eats: Academy for Global Citizenship students enjoy a healthy lunch. Photo credit: USDA

America's Immortal Cereal The weird, wonderful story behind Corn Flakes, an Object Lesson (The Atlantic) 


As Global Food Chain Grows, So Does Risk of Illness (National Geographic) 


Don't Let Food Industry Stir the Pot (The Huffington Post) 


The "Dr. Evil" of climate denial: Meet the legendary P.R. exec with a sinister anti-science agenda (Salon) 

Food Policy Journal Watch 

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


High School Nutrition Policy: Case Study of Intended and Unintended Consequences (The FASEB Journal) 


Impact of School Lunch Period Length on Meal Consumption (The FASEB Journal) 


Food concerns and support for environmental food policies and purchasing (Appetite) 


Relation between diet cost and Healthy Eating Index 2010 scores among adults in the United States 2007-2010 (Preventive Medicine)

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In This Issue
The Advocate: Meserete Davis
NYC Food by the Numbers
Sugary Beverage Labeling
Policy in the Making: NYC
Community Partner Spotlight
Global Food Policy Report
Food Policy News
Healthy Food for Upper Manhattan
Center News Brief
Upcoming Food Policy for Breakfast Seminars

April 21, 2015
Food Policy for Breakfast: Barbara Turk, Mayor's Office of Food Policy: Toward a Global Urban Food Policy Pact (and update on PlaNYC)

May 19, 2015
Food Policy for Breakfast:
Fines, Fees and Permits: Barriers and Opportunities to Improving the Food Retail Environment in NYC
Speakers to be announced.

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

We are pleased to announce the inaugural meeting for Healthy Food For Upper Manhattan (HFUM), a workgroup and collaborative space focused specifically on food-related work in Upper Manhattan.  


Together with two leading community organizations, the Partnership for a Healthier Manhattan at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and SCAN-NY, we will bring partners together to work on targeted campaigns and identify how to can expand or fund projects.


Monday, April 20th, 2015
12pm - 1:30pm
SCAN's Johnson Cornerstone Community Center
1833 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029


FPC News 

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

Center Policy Director Jan Poppendieck and Faculty Associate Nevin Cohen both spoke at last week's Gotham on a Plate Conference, hosted by the New School on April 10th and 11th. Cohen moderated a panel entitled "The Crisis of the Empty Plate: Hunger, Resilience, Recovery" with panelists Kate MacKenzie, Rozanne Gold, Michael Ottley. Poppendieck closed out the conference on a panel moderated by Marion Nestle entitled "The Power of the Public Plate: Policy and Procurement", alongside Barbara Turk, NYC Food Policy Coordinator and Thomas Forster.


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.