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Urban Food Policy Forum: Defending SNAP and Child Nutrition After the Election

  • CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy 55 West 125th Street, 7th floor New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

What will be the impact of the election outcome on SNAP and Child Nutrition? The Republican Party, soon to control both houses of Congress, has long called for block-granting of SNAP, and has recently proposed several troubling changes in School Food programs. How can New Yorkers prepare to defend these crucial components of our social safety net?    

Presenters and Respondents:

Maggie Dickinson, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Guttman Community College

Liz Accles, Executive Director, Community Food Advocates

Amy Richards, Health Organizer, Make the Road New York

Triada Stampas, Vice President for Research and Public Affairs, Food Bank for New York City

Barbara Turk, Director, Mayor's Office of Food Policy

Claire Uno, Assistant Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University 

Ellen Vollinger, Legal/Food Stamp Director, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

Craig Willingham, Deputy Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

Moderated by Jan Poppendieck, Senior Faculty Fellow, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Professor Emerita, Sociology, Hunter College. 



Watch the full panel:

Summary video from Currents, local news program

Dickinson M. Presentation at  Urban Food Policy Forum: Defending SNAP and Child Nutrition after the Election. December 15, 2016. 

Open Letter to New York Congressional Delegation

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) press release responding to the House of Representative Freedom Caucus' first 100 days agenda (recommending the removal of several nutrition policies, including:

  • Healthy school foods (Smart Snacks and school meals) and healthy school meals for young children (CACFP)
  • Nutrition Facts Panel 
  • Food safety inspections
  • Vending labeling
  • The National Organic Program