In 2017, New York City made school lunches available at no charge to all public school students. This map shows the number of children in each City Council district who had been required to pay for lunch in 2015 but will now be able to participate in the lunch program for free. Mouse over each district to see how many will benefit from this new policy.
Supermarkets, like all commercial businesses, are vulnerable to development pressures but some are especially at risk because they are located on "soft sites," parcels that are zoned for significantly larger residential development. The figure below illustrates the percentage of existing supermarkets in each City Council district that are on such soft sites.
Between 2012 and 2016, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has declined in New York City -- and nationwide -- as a result of economic growth. However, as the figure below shows, the rate of change varies significantly from community to community, with steep drops in some neighborhoods and increased participation in others. Understanding this variation can help target outreach efforts to ensure that as many eligible New Yorkers as possible take advantage of SNAP benefits.