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.
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.