What an incredible autumn –the People’s Climate March just behind us, Food Day excitement percolating, a rich landscape of informative events and resources from which to learn. At the NYC Food Policy Center we’re inspired constantly by the passionate advocates, organizers, students, policymakers, elected officials, service providers, researchers and others who work to bring about changes to our City and our local food system. Here we highlight some recent events and initiatives.
As you know, the People’s Climate March brought together an estimated 400,000 people, the largest climate march in history. The food justice contingent was represented in force, demanding action for a just, fair and sustainable food system that protects the environment and citizens of the world alike.
Issues of inequity and disparities in health, wealth, representation, access and power have been on the collective consciousness. How can we come together to develop solutions to the systemic problems facing our city? This month, the CUNY School of Public Health held a follow up to its spring 2014 Health Equity Summit: Translating Evidence into Action on Health Equity, at which the NYC Food Policy Center facilitated the food access strategies break out session. The intersectoral and evidence-based recommendations produced by these workgroups will be shared with the Mayor’s office and also online for all. As part of our work with the New York City Food Forum, we participated in last weeks’ workshop: Why Equity Matters to NYC and our Food System. Materials and follow-up from this event will be shared with attendees.
If you were unable to attend but would like to learn more, please contact [email protected]. This workshop is just the starting point for a new vision, mission and direction for the NYC Food Forum and creating an equitable food system for New York City.
There is much more to come this fall! We hope to see you next week for our next Food Policy for Breakfast: Can Campus Food be the Next School Food? Making University Food Services a Force for Food Change. Join us 10/21 at the CUNY Graduate Center to learn about the facilitators and obstacles of healthier campus food and food environments.