• April 24, 2022

    The pandemic has been a harsh teacher for food justice advocates. We have seen long-term goals grab renewed public attention, win additional resources, and spark more sustainable solutions, only to have these new opportunities fizzle away as policy maker and public attention turns elsewhere. At the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, we have been working to illuminate the struggles and needs of low wage food [...]

  • February 1, 2022

    Research has shown that gentrification and its associated socioeconomic changes can be a factor in destabilizing food environments, affecting food access and health.A new article by Associate Professor Nevin Cohen and University of Toronto colleagues Olivia Caruso and Michael Chrobok adds to the emerging literature on gentrification’s effects on food environments.The authors used Google Street View to record changes to all food stores in the [...]

  • February 1, 2022

    Local Law 52 requires the Mayor’s Office to prepare a Food Metrics Report for New York City every year. This report documents the performance of a variety of city food programs. On December 30th 2021, the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy released the 2021 Food Metrics Report the 10th edition of this publication. Producing the report is an enormous task and we applaud the Mayor’s [...]

  • February 1, 2022

    Setting the Agenda On December 10, 2021, the Environmental Justice Working Group (EJWG) of the Professional Staff Congress of CUNY (PSC) hosted a mass meeting of over 150 CUNY faculty, staff and students on Zoom. The purpose of the meeting was to define a Climate Justice Agenda for CUNY. This highly participatory meeting had extensive breakout groups for all to envision the CUNY and the [...]

  • January 11, 2022

    At our December 14, 2021 Forum on Ending Hunger and Food Insecurity in New York City and the Nation: What Role for SNAP? Lessons from the Pandemic, 50 or so participants completed a poll ranking 10 measures to strengthen SNAP proposed by our panelists. Each proposal was rated from 1 (highest) to 3 (lowest) on importance for ending food insecurity and hunger in New York [...]

  • December 2, 2021

    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 the limits of prior approaches to ensuring food access and [...]

  • December 2, 2021

    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 equipment to make healthier, scratch-cooked meals; $250 million for a [...]

  • October 29, 2021

    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 how to play Ode to Joy by Beethoven on the [...]