We’ve had a busy month at the NYC Food Policy Center, partnering with academic and community organizations to bring discussion-provoking programming to students, faculty, staff, food advocates, policy makers and the general public.
We hosted the Fall Forum on Growing Good Food Jobs, a panel discussion on strategies for creating good food jobs in New York City that brought together food workers, advocates, and academics and labor experts.
We were also honored to receive a delegation of executives and government representatives from the Netherlands interested in learning about New York City’s response to childhood obesity. Center staff presented their work on these issues and exchanged experiences with the visitors, facilitating an open learning experience for the Center as well as the delegation.
With autumn in full swing, we participated in the East Harlem Harvest Festival, held at historic La Marqueta. The NYC Food Policy Center contributed an interactive chalkboard activity to the event, where community members contributed their vision for La Marqueta in a fun, collaborative way. The NYC Food Policy Center also provided support to Hunter’s Nutrition Club, who tabled in the “Children’s Zone” and gave out samples of healthy Halloween snacks, recipes and take-away cards.
On November 1 we co-hosted a screening and panel discussion of The Garden, part of the First Fridays Film and Dialogue Series on Health and Social Justice at the CUNY School of Public Health, and on November 12 we co-hosted The Right to Food, Global and Local, a Panel discussion hosted by the Roosevelt House Public Policy Center at Hunter College.
Most recently, as part of the Talking Transition series, a mayoral transition initiative facilitating open discussion among New Yorkers to inform the mayor-elect’s agenda for the next four years, the NYC Food Policy Center participated in two events. On Friday, November 15 at a discussion about Lunch4Learning, a campaign for free and healthy school lunch for all, and Sunday, November 17 at “Raise Your Voice – Food Policy Priorities for the New Mayor.” #TalkingTransition.
Also on November 15, we were pleased to host the NYC FRESH Food Retail Summit at the CUNY School of Public Health, where Center Co-Director Poppendieck gave opening remarks.
Center directors Nicholas Freudenberg and Janet Poppendieck have spoken at several events- most recently, Dr. Freudenberg attended the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, presenting on Lessons learned from local, national and global campaigns to change alcohol, food and beverage and tobacco industries influence on health education . Dr. Poppendieck spoke at the James Beard Foundation Conference and Leadership Awards “The Paradox of Appetite Hungering for Change” in a discussion called “What is Hunger?” and at the Santa Fe Farmers Market on Food Day for the release of the Santa Fe Food Policy Council’s first Food Plan in a talk called “The Future of Hunger”. Dr. Poppendieck was also a guest on BK LIVE with Tisch honoree Rev. Melony Samuels, founder of the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, discussing pending SNAP cuts.