New York Food 2025 is a collaborative effort by the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute to examine the effects of the pandemic on New York City’s food policies and programs. This report is the first in a series of research briefs and recommendations that builds on the group’s earlier reports, New York Food 20/20: Vision, Research, and Recommendations During COVID-19 and Beyond and the Strategies for a Healthier, More Just, and Sustainable Food System policy briefs. The reports present original research and propose specific policy measures the NYC Mayor and City Council can consider to create a stronger, healthier, more just, and sustainable food system in New York City.
The purpose of this study was to better understand the unprecedented challenges related to healthy food access and food security experienced by residents living in underserved communities in New York City (NYC) during the COVID-19 pandemic using a mixed methods approach. This included qualitative data from Photovoice interviews and Twitter posts as well as quantitative data from food pantry opening/closing figures.