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Economic Development

The food system is a promising setting for promoting workforce development in New York City. Good food jobs increase employment in the food sector, improve pay and working conditions for food workers, and enhance access to healthy and affordable food in low-income communities. In collaboration with LISC-NYC, a group that supports community development corporations (CDCs) in New York City,  and United Neighborhood Houses, a support organization for the city’s settlement houses,  we are exploring how the many workforce development and healthy food programs already in place in CDCs and settlement houses  can better support the creation of more good food jobs. This research will identify model programs and program elements that can be replicated or scaled across NYC and the country.