NY Food 2025

This research brief is one part of a 5-part series of research briefs published as New York Food 2025, a collective pursuit by the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute to examine the effects of the pandemic on New York City’s food policies and programs and propose specific policy measures the NYC Mayor and City Council can consider and implement to build a stronger, healthier, more just, and sustainable food system in New York City. This series of briefs builds on our group’s earlier report, New York Food 20/20: Vision, Research, and Recommendations During COVID-19 and Beyond, on the impact of the pandemic on New York City’s food system and food workforce.


We would like to thank the participating food pantries for taking the time to participate in this study and capture photos of the contents of emergency food bags. We also would like to thank the research assistants who assisted in data collection and analysis for this study, including: Rachel Kim, Shanay Porter, and Jennifer Keys. Finally, thank you to early readers of this report and graphic designer John Kuehn.

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