New York City Food Policy Watch
 July/August 2015

The Advocate: 

 Interview with David DeVaughn, Manager of Policy & Government Relations, City Harvest 
David works to reduce the underlying causes of hunger and food insecurity by advocating for the long-term changes that improve community self-sufficiency. 
NYC Food by the Numbers: 
Summer Meals
Summer meals are available to all children 18 and under, free of charge, at many locations across the city.
ReZone New York
By Nevin Cohen, Assistant Professor, CUNY School of Public Health, Faculty Fellow, NYC Food Policy Center
Rezoning can have a substantial impact on local food environments and on access to healthy, affordable food.

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New York State Council on Food Policy
2015 Annual Summer Meeting
Read our testimony, minutes and presentations from the meeting held on July 15th in Brooklyn. 

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Community Partner Spotlight: 
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is a frontrunner in the farm-to-institution movement, creating a program that serves 400,000 healthy, locally sourced meals to low-income New Yorkers each year. 

Current Food Policy News  

Photo Contest: What Does Food Policy Look Like? (The Daily Meal) 


House To States: Don't You Dare Demand GMO Labels (NPR) 


Unique food service program aimed at Department of Probation clients ( 


Trust Me. Butter Is Better. (NY Times)  

Food Policy Journal Watch 

Photo: ean_pierre_gallot_69009/Flickr/Creative Commons License (image cropped)

Prevalence of and Racial Disparities in Risk Factor Control in Older Adults With Diabetes: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (Diabetes Care) 


Fast-Food and Full-Service Restaurant Consumption and Daily Energy and Nutrient Intakes in U.S. Adults (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition) 


Environmental Intervention in Carryout Restaurants Increases Sales of Healthy Menu Items in a Low-Income Urban Setting (American Journal of Health Promotion) 

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: David DeVaughn
ReZone New York
Community Partner Spotlight
Food Policy News
Food Policy Journal Watch
Center News Brief
Food Policy for Breakfast Seminars

We will announce the Fall 2015 program later this summer.

FPC News 

This month the NYC Food Policy Center launched its East Harlem Youth Food Educators program. This program seeks to engage young people in East Harlem in designing and launching community campaigns that reduce the appeal of unhealthy food (defined here as processed foods high in sugar, saturated fat and salt and with low nutrient values) by creating social environments in East Harlem that encourage consumption of healthier food and discourage consumption of less healthy food.

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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.