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Urban Food Policy Forum: Immigrants and Food Access

  • CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy 55 West 125th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

 

 

Part of our Urban Food Policy Forum series.

Studies show high rates of food insecurity and rising rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease among many of  New York’s immigrant populations. SNAP (Food Stamps), WIC, and school food, our nation’s largest food benefit programs, provide a safety net against poverty, allowing families to feed their children, obtain healthier food, afford housing, and prevent health problems. For some immigrants, however, legal barriers, organizational practices of assistance programs, stigma, and cultural values block use of these programs.

The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at Lehman College, together with New York City-based immigrant serving organizations and anti-hunger agencies, is working to identify barriers to enrollment of the city’s immigrants in food benefit programs and plan a campaign to reduce them and enhance enrollment. Join us on November 17th to continue the dialogue around immigrant inclusion as we aim to create an opportunity for education and policy advocacy to increase access to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), WIC, and school food. Our hope for this forum is to bring together a strong coalition of immigrant and food security advocates that will contribute to the conversation in order to set policy goals that will improve lives of immigrants and contribute to a stronger progressive movement in NYC.

Panelists

Sam Solomon, Deputy Director of Policy at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affair

Els de Graauw, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Baruch College, the City University of New York

Jessica Hughson-Andrade, MPA, Director, Benefits Access, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Director Nicholas Freudenberg sets the tone and provides context for discussion.

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Director Nicholas Freudenberg sets the tone and provides context for discussion.

Audience members included front line workers, city and state agency representatives, student and faculty researchers, and other stakeholders. 

Audience members included front line workers, city and state agency representatives, student and faculty researchers, and other stakeholders. 

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Researcher Anabel Perez-Jimenez addresses the audience at the forum on November 17, 2016. 

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Researcher Anabel Perez-Jimenez addresses the audience at the forum on November 17, 2016. 

Panelists, from left: Jessica Hughson-Andrade, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty; Els de Graauw, Baruch College, CUNY; Sam Solomon, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. Nicholas Freudenberg and Anabel Perez-Jimenez moderate. 

Panelists, from left: Jessica Hughson-Andrade, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty; Els de Graauw, Baruch College, CUNY; Sam Solomon, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. Nicholas Freudenberg and Anabel Perez-Jimenez moderate. 

Resources

Perez-Jimenez A, Freudenberg N. Food Benefits and the Health of Immigrants. November 17, 2016

de Graauw E. The Role of Immigrant-Serving Organizations in Policy Advocacy. November 17, 2016. 

Watch the forum on the School of Public Health's YouTube Channel