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URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Strategies for Confronting Epidemics of Fear and Hunger: The Future of Food Security in New York City

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

We are now in the public comment period for the Trump Administration proposal to revise the nation’s public charge rule. On December 10, 2018, this period will end. What is “public charge”?  What is its current and potential impact for the well-being and food insecurity of immigrant communities in New York City and the US? More broadly, what are other threats to the future of food security in New York City?  How can New York best protect the advances in reducing food insecurity of the last two decades?  On October 30, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute to discuss the public charge rule proposal as well as other threats to food security.  The Forum will also provide updates from a new working group focused on immigrant access to food benefits and the latest information on the Nutrition Title of the (now expired) Farm Bill, specifically SNAP and TEFAP components.




Moderator:  Jan Poppendieck, Professor Emerita of Sociology at Hunter College and Senior Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute


Link to recording will be posted shortly.


 HANNAH MATTHEWS suggests the following:

•An overview of the public charge proposal (https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/publications/2018/04/2018_publiccharge.pdf)

•Guidance on how to talk to immigrant families about public charge (https://www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/talking-pubcharge-with-immigrant-families-2018.pdf)

•A brief on the hunger impact of the proposed rule from FRAC (http://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/hunger-impact-proposed-public-charge-rule.pdf)

NICHOLAS BUESS suggests the following:

•Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report (https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-agriculture/archive) has good reporting on the Farm Bill and a lot more

•Food Bank’s report on SNAP use in NYC (https://1giqgs400j4830k22r3m4wqg-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/Trade-Offs-at-the-Dinner-Table_FB-Research-Brief_Nov2017.pdf) helps put in perspective the importance of SNAP to New Yorkers

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute also suggests:

Public charge:

• A brief  on what is the public charge rule and how the changes will impact recipients of health care programs (October 10, 2018) (https://familiesusa.org/sites/default/files/MCD_Public-Charge_Analysis.pdf)

•A press release from NYC Mayor’s Office on how the proposed rule can impact New Yorkers (October 11, 2018) (https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/507-18/mayor-up-475-000-immigrant-new-yorkers-could-be-harmed-trump-s-public-charge-)

•Fact sheet on the potential impact of the rule and its fundamental flaws (September 2018) (https://familiesusa.org/sites/default/files/MCD_Public-Charge-and-Immigration_Fact-Sheet.pdf)

•Public Charge Comment Toolkit by FRAC (October 2018) (http://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/public-charge-toolkit.pdf)


Nutrition title of the Farm Bill:

•Feeding America (June 11, 2018) 2018 Senate & House Farm Bill Nutrition Title Side-by-Side Summary (https://www.feedingamerica.org/sites/default/files/take-action/advocate/farm-bill/senate-and-house-farm-bill.pdf)

•Hunger Solutions NY (2018) Farm Bill Cuts to SNAP Will Increase Hunger in New York State  (https://hungersolutionsny.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Farm-Bill-impact-on-NYS.pdf)

•SNAP and the Farm Bill: Essential to New York State (2018) (https://hungersolutionsny.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/SNAP-and-Farm-Bill-flyer-2_20_18.pdf)

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