Ever since the Republican Party scored its electoral trifecta, gaining control of the White House and both houses of Congress, anti-hunger activists have been preparing for big fights over the nation’s food assistance safety net. There have been three main arenas for this contest: the federal budget, Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation, and the Farm Bill.
Ashley Rafalow, Director of Operations and Communications at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute appeared on CUNY TV’s Independent Sources to discuss the recent expansion of universal free school lunch to all New York City public schools.
Institute faculty leadership Nevin Cohen, Nicholas Freudenberg, and professor emerita Jan Poppendieck recently published an essay on food policy in spring 2017 volume of the Journal of Food Law & Policy. The essay, “Food Justice in the Trump Era: Priorities for Urban Food Advocates,” discusses the future of food policy under the Trump administration.
On May 18th, 2017, Andrew Fisher discussed his book Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups, (MIT Press, 2017) with Toni Liquori, founder and executive director of School Food Focus, and Greg Silverman, executive director of West Side Campaign Against Hunger. The panel was moderated by Jan Poppendieck, senior faculty fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and author of Sweet Charity.
Janet Poppendieck, activist, author, professor emerita at Hunter College, co-founder of the NYC Food Policy Center, senior faculty fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, and WhyHunger Board Member, reflects on her decades of research and advocacy to promote the School Breakfast Program in light of its 50th anniversary.
It will take us all some time to analyze the full implications of the outcome of the election and to understand the effects on food justice and health equity. As founders of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute at the CUNY School of Public Health, as public health researchers and advocates, and as individuals dedicated to social justice, we wanted to reaffirm the core commitments and values that inform our work.
I had the privilege of attending the Edible Schoolyard Rooftop Garden and Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today. The rooftop facility offers opportunities for growing, cooking and eating fresh grown produce to children enrolled in PS/MS 7 and Global Tech Prep, two schools co-located at 120th Street between