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NYCHA Food Policy Innovations Forum Recap: Creating and Strengthening Opportunities Around Food for and by NYCHA Residents.

NYCHA Food Policy Innovations Forum Recap: Creating and Strengthening Opportunities Around Food for and by NYCHA Residents.

On February 23, 2017, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute held a forum bringing together representatives from research organizations and academia, non-profit community serving organizations and the New York City Housing Authority to discuss that agency's current and potential food innovations. These programs, ideas and questions apply creative and diverse solutions to integrate resident engagement with social and economic development as well as increase access to healthy food. The focus areas of this work are currently urban farms, healthy food entrepreneurship, and access to healthy food retail. The forum was moderated by the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute's deputy director, Craig Willingham.

Nourishing NYCHA: Food Policy as a Tool for Improving the Well-Being of New York City’s Public Housing Residents

Nourishing NYCHA: Food Policy as a Tool for Improving the Well-Being of  New York City’s Public Housing Residents

By Nevin Cohen, Nick Freudenberg, and Craig Willingham, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

In the last few years, NYCHA has attracted the attention of policy makers, developers, elected officials and activists seeking new ways to improve living conditions, enhance public safety, repair an aging infrastructure, encourage economic development and promote health in the city-within-a-city that New York’s public housing constitutes. In this policy brief, we consider another aspect of NYCHA:  the food its residents buy, prepare and eat and the role food plays in the health, environment and economy of the city’s NYCHA population.