Ending Hunger and Food Insecurity
Hunger and food insecurity undermine physical and mental health and interfere with work and school for more than a million residents of New York City, and an estimated 800 million people around the world. Pandemics, the climate emergency, and rising economic inequality are increasing food insecurity.
- Hunger Free America
- Swipeout Hunger
- CUNY Office of Student Affairs
This project explores how existing and new Covid-19-related programs contribute to achieving goals such as reducing food insecurity, ensuring access to healthy affordable food, restoring the local and regional food economy, and protecting food workers. The findings from this effort enables public officials to better prepare the food system to solve its current problems and respond to future crises.
- Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center
- The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food
- Hunger Free America
This project explores how communities can improve diffusion and adoption of online retail food shopping innovations, while building their own power as consumers, by developing new institutions that help to expand market choice. Residents of Farragut Houses, a New York City public housing development, co-created with the Institute an alternative food buying system using online grocers, and implemented a pilot test of this alternative.
- Enterprise Community Partners
- New York City Housing Authority
Our work in this area brings together immigrants’ rights and food security advocates, social service providers, researchers on immigration and on food security, policy makers and public officials to develop and advocate feasible strategies for improving immigrant access to food benefits in New York City.
- Make the Road New York
- YMCA of Queens
- Center for Immigrant Health
Key Related Resources
- NY FOOD 2025 Vision, Research and Recommendations During COVID-19 and Beyond. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy. 2022.
- New York Food 20/20: Vision, Research, and Recommendations During COVID-19 and Beyond. The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. 2020.
- Healthy CUNY, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, and the Hope Center for College Community and Justice. THE STATE OF FOOD SECURITY AT CUNY in 2020. CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy, 2020.
- Vignola E, Ruiz-Navarro P, Freudenberg N. Expanding Immigrant Access to Food Benefits in New York City: Defining Roles for City and State Government. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, 2018.
- Fraser, Katherine Tomaino; Berg, Joel; Dickinson, Maggie; Lamberson, Patricia; Ledda, Josephine; Poppendieck, Janet; and Freudenberg, Nicholas. How to Reduce Hunger and Food Insecurity at Colleges Serving Low-Income Students in New York State: The Benefits of Expanding Student Enrollment in SNAP. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, New York, 2021.
- Lessons for the COVID-19 Era From 20 Years of U.S. Food Policy Response to Crises. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Hunger Free America, 2021.
- Fraser KT, Pereira J, Poppendieck J, Tavarez E, Berg J, and Freudenberg N. Pandemic EBT in New York State: Lessons from the 2019-2020 Academic Year and Recommendations for 2020-2021 and Beyond. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Hunger Free America, 2021.
- Malaine Clarke, Kathleen Delgado, Maggie Dickinson, Alyshia Galvez, Robert Garot, Iris Mercado, Janet Poppendieck, and Nicholas Freudenberg. Ending Food Insecurity at CUNY: A Guide for Faculty and Staff. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Healthy CUNY, 2018.
- Moon JR, Willingham C, Gjevukaj S, Freudenberg N. COVID-19, food insecurity, and diet-related diseases: Can syndemic theory inform effective responses? A case study. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 2021;10(4):55-71.
- Freudenberg N, Goldrick-Rab S, Poppendieck J. College students and SNAP: The new face of food insecurity in the United States. American journal of public health. 2019;109(12):1652-8.
- Cohen N. SNAP at the community scale: how neighborhood characteristics affect participation and food access. American Journal of Public Health. 2019;109(12):1646-51.
- Ilieva RT, Ahmed T, Yan A. Hungry minds: Investigating the food insecurity of minority community college students. Journal of Public Affairs. 2019;19(3):e1891.