Center News and Events – April 2014

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Center News and Events – April 2014


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This spring, the NYC Food Policy Center is thoroughly immersed in the food work being done locally and across the city through our research, evaluation projects, educational programming and our coalition work.

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, we hosted our second Food Policy for Breakfast Seminar of 2014 at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, “Growing a Public Food Sector in New York City.” Debbie Field, Executive Director of Food Share, Babette Audant of Kingsborough Community College and Christine Johnson, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene presented on the historical context and current state of the public food sector, as well as what we can learn from best-practices around the world. In case you missed it, event video is available here.

Our next breakfast seminar, “School Food and the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act- Lessons Learned and the Way Forward” will be held Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Roosevelt House. Jan Poppendieck will lead a panel  discussion focused on the 2015 Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. Panelists will include Kate MacKenzie, Director, Policy and Government Relations, City Harvest, Pamela Koch, Executive Director,  The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, Simone Herbin, School Food Associate, Brooklyn Food Coalition and Nancy Easton, Co-founder and Executive Director, Wellness in the Schools. RSVP here.

In our Just Food Conference workshop on Sunday, April 6, “CREATING GOOD FOOD JOBS,” we discussed the facilitators and barriers to creating more good food jobs in New York City. Nicholas Freudenberg led a panel of experts from various sectors of the food economy who presented brief descriptions of model programs from New York City and elsewhere. For a recap of the conference, click here.

As part of the NYC Food Forum, we have continued participating in high-level meetings with the new administration and working as a coalition to empower the food movement and affect meaningful change. To support the Forum or become a member: sign on to the primer, our guiding document available here.
The Center continues to work to build community partnerships with local East Harlem organizations, learning from the work being done and looking for collaborative opportunities. We invite groups based or working in East Harlem around food related programs to discuss the formation of a Campaign for Healthy Food in East Harlem. The purpose of these discussions is to learn about different groups food efforts in the community and share what the Center is learning about this work in East Harlem. We welcome contact with any groups interested in collaborating, exchanging ideas and discussing the formation of the Campaign. For more information, please contact Diana Johnson, Director of Community Projects at

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