New York City Food Policy Watch
 June 2015

The Advocate: 

 Interview with Liz Accles, Executive Director,
Community Food Advocates 
Liz Accles works to expand and improve child nutrition programs and increase access to nutritious food for all New Yorkers.
NYC Food by the Numbers: 
Universal Free Lunch in NYC Middle Schools
Student leaders at a Lunch 4 Learning Press Conference at Tweed Hall on June 4, 2015
Universal free lunch was piloted in NYC middle schools this year- here's how the expansion has fared so far.
Hunger and Food Insecurity in the LGBT Community

By Kim Kessler, Policy and Special Programs Director, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law

Elana Redfield, Barbara Turk, Triada Stampas, Gary Gates, Jan Poppendieck, and Kim Kessler at a recent panel discussion and release of the Williams Institute at UCLA's report on food insecurity in the LGBT community.
Reflections on the findings of an important new report and highlights from the recent panel discussion.

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Six Things You Can Do to Improve the Food Served at Your Institution 
By Ashley Rafalow (NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College), Claire Uno (Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy at Teacher's College, Columbia University), Thomas Forster (The New School)
Tips and best practices on committing to real food in a university setting, from the New School food service management team.

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Community Partner Spotlight: 
Harlem District Public Health Office 
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Center for Health Equity District Public Health Offices (DPHOs) work to promote health equity and reduce health disparities across New York City.
Food Policy Center Staff Lead Workshop on Food Access For Immigrants
The CUNY School of Public Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Center for Health Equity, NYC Immigrant Coalition and NYU/CUNY Prevention Research Center brought together immigrants right advocates, policy makers, and public health professionals to discuss immigration and health in NYC.

Current Food Policy News  

From Ugly Fruit & Veg @UglyFruitAndVeg

The Man Who Uses Ugly Fruit to Make Us Stop Wasting Food (Yahoo Food)  

Nutrition expert discusses how research changes food policy, politics (Medical Xpress) 


Monsanto, Angling For Global Pesticide Dominance, Woos Syngenta (NPR) 


280+ Groups Urge Congress to Reject Effort to Repeal COOL (Food & Water Watch)  


Fast-food pay hike would kill half of my restaurants, McDonald's franchise owner says  

Food Policy Journal Watch 

Photo by Wally Gobetz ( NYC - Financial District: Zuccotti Park - Double Check) Photo cropped  

Study finds weight loss in obese adults can reduce severity of asthma (Chest) 


Getting food policy on the Mayoral table: a comparison of two election cycles in New York and London ( Public Health) 


Spending at Mobile Fruit and Vegetable Carts and Using SNAP Benefits to Pay, Bronx, New York, 2013 and 2014 (Preventing Chronic Disease) 


Accuracy of body weight perception and obesity among Chinese Americans (Obesity Research & Clinical Practice) 

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.  
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In This Issue
The Advocate: Liz Accles
NYC Food by the Numbers
LGBT Food Insecurity
6 Things To Improve Institutional Food
Community Partner Spotlight
Food Access for Immigrants
Food Policy News
Food Policy Journal Watch
Event Resources
Center News Brief
Food Policy for Breakfast Seminars

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


Tracey Capers, Executive Vice President, Programs/Organizational Development, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

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

Watch videos and see photos of this event

We will announce the Fall 2015 program later this summer.

FPC News 

This spring, food advocates across the city have moved into high-gear. The NYC Food Policy Center and our coalition partners are working to advance shared food priorities across several sectors- here we highlight the work being done around hunger, school meals, federal food legislation and healthy food retail.

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Sign-On to the NYC4CNR Policy Platform!

The 2015 NYC4CNR Policy Platform is here! This document is reflective of numerous local and national organizational stakeholders and includes four goal areas and three key strategies for a strong Child Nutrition Act.

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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.