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  • 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 [...]

  • October 29, 2021

    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 [7, 8]. Salt is added during food manufacturing as a [...]

  • October 29, 2021

    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 unless they are working 20 hours a week or they [...]

  • October 8, 2021

    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 of health) as addressed in his recent book, At What [...]

  • September 28, 2021

    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 a chance to build back a better and more equitable [...]

  • September 28, 2021

    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 is on policies and programs to increase food security and [...]

  • September 28, 2021

    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 stew or deep fried, and it’s usually sold as a [...]

  • August 18, 2021

    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 York Governor will need to determine her priorities. While policy [...]

  • July 23, 2021

    Growing up, I always wanted to help people. As a child, I watched my mom host food giveaways in the neighborhood, advocate against police brutality, connect people with resources, and serve as a go-to person for people in need around us. It would be easy to think we had a lot, but we did not. We were also struggling and living paycheck to paycheck. But [...]