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How to Reduce Hunger and Food Insecurity at Colleges Serving Low-Income Students in New York State

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, in New York and across the nation, college students were among the millions of Americans regularly facing food insecurity and hunger. The pandemic pushed many more, including students enrolled at City University of New York (CUNY) and State University of New York (SUNY), into food insecurity. It also highlighted [...]

How to Reduce Hunger and Food Insecurity at Colleges Serving Low-Income Students in New York State2022-07-20T14:35:08-04:00

Keeping Build Back Better’s Food and Nutrition Provisions Intact

On November 19 the House of Representatives passed President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation.[1] Food advocates have widely praised the bill for several important child nutrition initiatives including: Expansion of the Community Eligibility Provision, which allows many more school districts to offer free meals to all students; $30 million to enable schools to invest in [...]

Keeping Build Back Better’s Food and Nutrition Provisions Intact2022-07-20T16:58:14-04:00

Christal Yu: Fellowship Interview

VCN: Tell us a little about yourself. What is your favorite food and why? CY: My name is Christal, I’m a Junior at John Jay, and I’m the Food Justice Fellow at Swipe Out Hunger currently. I’m a big believer in growth and taking whatever’s thrown at me to create something positive. I just learned [...]

Christal Yu: Fellowship Interview2022-07-20T17:02:35-04:00

Opinion Regarding New Salt Reduction Recommendations by the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a voluntary salt (sodium chloride) reduction recommendation for commercially processed, prepared, and packaged food on October 13th, 2021 [1]. The guidance is intended to be voluntary and short-term (~2.5 years) in duration. The guidelines are important because most salt consumption comes from processed food and packaged food [...]

Opinion Regarding New Salt Reduction Recommendations by the FDA2022-07-20T17:04:32-04:00

SNAP, Campus Food Insecurity, and the Politics of Deservingness

My new publication, SNAP, Campus Food Insecurity, and the Politics of Deservingness, digs into the history of SNAP restrictions and the consequences of these policies for CUNY students today. SNAP student restrictions for full time college students were put in place in the early 1980’s. These rules bar full time college students from receiving SNAP [...]

SNAP, Campus Food Insecurity, and the Politics of Deservingness2022-07-20T17:06:32-04:00

Lecture: 21st Century Capitalism and the Future of Public Health in the 2020s

The UIC School of Public Health is pleased to host Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health at City University of New York School of Public Health and Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. Dr. Freudenberg will be speaking about the effects of corporate practices on health (aka commercial determinants [...]

Lecture: 21st Century Capitalism and the Future of Public Health in the 2020s2022-07-20T17:08:54-04:00

Building Back a Better New York City Food Sector

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity to re-envision a food sector in New York City and beyond where workers all along the food chain have access to high-quality employment and are valued for their labor. The next New York City Mayor and City Council – and the new New York State Governor – have [...]

Building Back a Better New York City Food Sector2022-07-20T17:10:45-04:00

Testimony: Proposed Zoning Text Changes to the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Program

Good morning, commissioners. My name is Nevin Cohen, and I am the Research Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute at CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The Institute conducts community-based research and provides evidence and insights to support healthy and just urban food systems. A substantial area of our work [...]

Testimony: Proposed Zoning Text Changes to the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Program2022-07-20T17:11:49-04:00

Fellowship Interview Questions – Alec Chi

VCN: Tell us a little about yourself. What is your favorite food and why? AC: My name is Alec Chi. I’m from Houston, Texas, and my family is from Taiwan and Japan. I like cooking, farming, swimming, and skateboarding. My favorite food is stinky tofu which is fermented tofu that can be cooked in a [...]

Fellowship Interview Questions – Alec Chi2022-07-20T17:14:08-04:00

Time for a Reset for New York City Food Policy; Here’s 6 Key Steps

The Institute’s Nicholas Freudenberg, Katherine Tomaino Fraser & Yvette Ng provide recommendations for the next New York City Mayor. In less than six months, a new Mayor and dozens of City Council members will join their returning colleagues to chart a course for governing the city in the coming years. Even sooner, a new New [...]

Time for a Reset for New York City Food Policy; Here’s 6 Key Steps2022-07-20T17:15:15-04:00
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