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URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Equity and the Public Plate

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

Equity and the Public Plate: How the Good Food Purchasing Program is helping to transform the way New York and other cities buy food.

Cities across the United States and abroad are in agreement: current food systems are not serving the public interest. Public food procurement – or the share of a city’s food supply funded by government and government-sponsored institutions – is, arguably, one of the most effective tools that municipalities have to instigate a radical transformation of the current urban food system. One approach being used by cities is the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), a metric based, flexible framework that encourages large institutions to direct their buying power toward five core values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition. As adoption of good food purchasing policies expands across the East Coast and the US as a whole, and a campaign to bring the GFPP to New York City gains traction, what can New York learn from the experiences of other cities? What sorts of obstacles should municipalities expect when embarking on more ambitious food procurement goals, such as those recently announced in the OneNYC 2050 plan? And, what strategies could city leaders employ to effectively surmount these obstacles? On May 30, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and invited experts to explore these and other key questions.



Craig Willingham, Deputy Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

This event was approved for 1.5 hour(s) of Continuing Education credit by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Watch Part 1 of the Forum here

Watch Part 2of the Forum here

More info on our panelists can be found here.


Ribka Getachew suggests:

•Good Food Cities (goodfoodcities.org) – This website gives a scope of the Good Food Purchasing Work that is happening throughout the country, the active campaigns that have emerged in various cities, offers several resources that those interested can tap into etc.

Farming While Black: Soul Fire’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Leah Penniman (http://www.soulfirefarm.org/media/farming-while-black/)

Suzanne Adely suggests:







Chloë Waterman suggests:

The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer (https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300219869/most-good-you-can-do)

Kylie Repasy suggests:


CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute suggests:

•Bringing the Good Food Purchasing Program to NYC; Barriers and Facilitators for Selected Institutions (https://www.cunyurbanfoodpolicy.org/news/2019/5/23/bringing-the-good-food-purchasing-program-to-nyc)

•OneNYC 2050 (https://onenyc.cityofnewyork.us/)

Learn more about the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute: cunyurbanfoodpolicy.org

Learn more about the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy: sph.cuny.edu