-Enable more New Yorkers to put ample food on their tables by seeking State legislation empowering the City to enact a living minimum wage and leveraging the City's economic power, through economic development programs, contracts, subsidies, and land use policy, to support and create living wage jobs;-Focus the City's welfare to work programs on job creation and training and create a public works program to break the post-recession cycle of high unemployment;-Maximize participation in food assistance programs by removing barriers and disincentives, providing leadership and ample staff to improve effectiveness and civility, expanding education and enrollment efforts, taking full advantage of federal waivers and initiatives, and simplifying application processes and extending recertification periods;-Increase the Emergency Food Assistance Program budget to $15 million and increase funding to expand senior center meal service and homebound meal delivery; and-Be the nation's greatest municipal advocate for protecting and strengthening federal nutrition assistance programs, including advocating for aligning the SNAP food budget with the USDA Low Cost Food Plan.
-Extend cost-effective SNAP EBT processing capabilities to more farmers’ markets and other food providers, including Green Carts, increase Health Bucks funding, and supplement Farmers Market Nutrition Program funding;-Decrease the human and financial costs of preventable, diet-related illness and death by discouraging the promotion of unhealthy – high fat, sugar, and salt – food, especially to parents and children; and-Promote access to healthy food by supporting community gardens, farmers’ and mobile markets, food vendors and other markets offering fresh and healthy choices, and CSAs and food co-ops.
-Implement free school lunch for all, mandate breakfast in every homeroom, and increase the number of sites serving summer and after-school meals;-Continue to increase the nutritional value and quality of school meals by enhancing kitchen staff skills and increasing kitchen capital investment, so more tasty meals, that our children will want to eat, can be made from scratch, with more fresh, local ingredients; and-Increase food literacy by continuing school garden support and mandating food and nutrition education, K to12, developing curricula with parents, teachers, and students to start in elementary school with homeroom gardens and to continue through middle and high schools with healthy food choice, cooking, and food justice education.
-Support regional farms and local food hubs, public markets, food vendors, food business incubators, urban agriculture, and community kitchens that provide healthy food, entrepreneurial opportunity, and living wages;-Use the power of the City’s food budget to improve the nutritional quality of the meals it serves and support New York and other regional farms and food processors by aggressively employing regional preference and freshness criteria in food purchasing for meals served by City agencies, including the Department of Education;-Eliminate wage theft and support safe working conditions, availability of paid sick days - in lieu of ordered shift swaps, health benefits, and the right to organize for every City food chain worker.
-Establish high-level coordination of the City's food activities to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness through a Department of Food, or another empowered, adequately resourced mechanism;-Enhance Food Metrics reporting by adding goals, integrating food purchasing source information, and adding additional information about food programs, including nutrition program participation, emergency food programs and food distribution preparedness, and urban agriculture land availability; and-Support and fund an inclusive, participative process that engages New Yorkers from every food system intersection - public, private, not-for-profit, community/production, processing, distribution, consumption, waste - to give them a voice in shaping our City’s food future.
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
Beth-Hark Christian Counseling Center, Inc.
Bronx Health REACH
Brooklyn Food Coalition
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York
Community Food Advocates
Down to Earth Markets
East New York Farms
Food & Water Watch
Food Bank For New York City
Food Chain Workers Alliance
Food Systems Network NYC
Greenpoint Reformed Church Hunger Program
Harlem Health Promotion Center
Hunger Action Network of New York State
Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
Laurie M Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
Leviticus Church / Five Loaves and Two Fishes
LSA Family Health Service
Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project (MARP)
New York City Coalition Against Hunger
New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College
NRDC Action Fund
NY Faith & Justice
NYC Food and Fitness Partnership
Ocean Hill-Brownsville Coalition of Young Professionals
Program in Nutrition, Teachers College Columbia U
Public Health Solutions
Queens County Farm Museum
The River Fund New York
Scenic Hudson Inc.
Slow Food NYC
Slow Money NYC
Southside United HDFC (Los Sures)
St. Edward Food Pantry
St. Mary's Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
The Sylvia Center
Waste to Wealth Ventures
Welfare Rights Initiative
Wellness in the Schools
West Side Campaign Against Hunger