New York City Food Policy Watch
May 2015

The Advocate: 

 Interview with Smita Narula, 
Fellow in Human Rights and Public Policy
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute
at Hunter College
Smita Narula is a human rights advocate, attorney and academic who has worked globally to promote and defend sustainable access to nutritious food as a fundamental right.
NYC Food by the Numbers:
Urban Agriculture 

What does the landscape of NYC urban agriculture look like? We summarized recent statistics and survey results from several new publications.

Food and One New York 
How does food figure into NYC's new sustainability and equity blueprint?

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National Commission on Hunger
in the United States 
I am honored to have this opportunity to testify before this hearing of the National Commission on Hunger. I want to address three points: School lunch should be free for all students; the SNAP benefit should be raised; and we should have a White House Conference on Food and Hunger.

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Community Partner Spotlight: 
Partnership for a Healthier Manhattan 
Diana Johnson (NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College), Lisa Herron (Partnership for a Healthier Manhattan, and Emily Hanlen (Partnership for a Healthier Manhattan) facilitate the inaugural Healthy Food for Upper Manhattan Meeting in collaboration with SCAN-NY on April 20,2015.
Partnership for a Healthier Manhattan is housed at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.
Riverpark Farm at Alexandria Center
Photo From Riverpark Farm at Alexandria Center
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released, How Our Gardens Grow, Strategies for Expanding Urban Agriculture, a report with recommendations for expanding urban agriculture in Manhattan's schools, senior centers, and public housing facilities. Brewer also announced that her office will allocate up to $1 million in capital funding for innovative school gardening projects - such as hydroponics labs - in the next fiscal year.

Current Food Policy News  

From The New York Times: Credit Bryan Thomas for The New York Times


Will the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Support Meatless Mondays? A Food Policy Expert Weighs In (Huff Post) 


Cuomo's Push to Raise Wages Lifts Spirits of New York's Fast-Food Workers (NY Times) 


School Lunch May Be Next to Nudge Antibiotics Off the Plate (National Geographic) 

Food Policy Journal Watch 

Using a Grocery List Is Associated With a Healthier Diet and Lower BMI Among Very High-Risk Adults (Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.) 


Association between competitive food and beverage policies in elementary schools and childhood overweight/obesity trends - differences by neighborhood socioeconomic resources (JAMA Pediatrics) 


Changes in children's meal orders following healthy menu modifications at a regional US restaurant chain (Obesity) 


Impacts of a farmers' market incentive programme on fruit and vegetable access, purchase and consumption (Public Health Nutrition) 


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

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: Smita Narula
NYC Food by the Numbers
OneNYC and Food
Community Partner Spotlight
New Report
Food Policy News
Upcoming Events
Center News Brief
Upcoming Food Policy for Breakfast Seminars

May 19, 2015
This breakfast has been postponed until the Fall 2015 semester.
Fines, Fees and Permits:
Barriers and Opportunities to Improving the Food Retail Environment in NYC

June 9, 2015
Finding Synergy:
Strategies for Coordinating Multiple Food Initiatives to Magnify Impact and Reduce Duplication

Rick Luftglass, Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

Colleen Flynn, Green and Healthy Neighborhoods Director, Local Initiative Support Corporation

Diana Johnson, Director of Community Projects, NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College

Cathy Nonas, Senior Adviser, Center for Health Equity, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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

Save the Date: 

Food Insecurity and SNAP Participation in LGBT Communities 

The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, in collaboration with the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law and the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College will conduct a New York City release of its study of high rates of food insecurity in the LGBTQ community


Gary Gates, Distinguished Scholar and Research Director, Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Author

Jan Poppendieck, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Policy Director, NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College


Elana Redfield, Director of LGBTQI Affairs, Office of Community Engagement and Access, NYC Human Resources Administration


Triada Stampas, Vice President for Research & Public Affairs, Food Bank For New York City


Moderated by Kim Kessler, former Director of the NYC Mayor's Office of Food Policy, Policy and Special Programs Director, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law 


Barbara Turk, Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Food Policy, will provide welcome remarks.   


Panel discussion and reception will be held at the law offices of O'Melveny and Myers

7 Times Square

New York, NY, 10036

6:00pm - 9:00pm   

Center Director Nick Freudenberg shows his support for #lunch4learning
Universal free school meals for all NYC public school students was not included in the Mayor's FY2016 Executive Budget- which means the Lunch4Learning Campaign needs your help more than ever!
Share your support on social media by printing out the selfie template, snapping a pic, and uploading it to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Don't forget to tag @BilldeBlasio!  

FPC News 

Students of NYC College of Technology poses with the food they prepared for the Spring 2015 CUNY Food Talks meeting.
Recently the NYC Food Policy Center helped convene the third in a series of CUNY-wide dialogues on teaching, research and service on
food and food policy at the City University of New York.

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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.