CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
Organization Name:
CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
Primary Address 1:
55 West 125th Street
Primary Address City:
New York
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Long Organization Description:

The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute develops evidence and policy analysis to advance equitable and intersectoral solutions to urban food problems.

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Organization Phone Number:
(646) 364-9602
Director, Manager or CEO (First Name):
Nicholas Freudenberg
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The Institute welcomes inquiries from community organizations and CUNY students and faculty at
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How often does your organization use social media?:
2-3x per week
Interesting Fact About the Organization:
In the last two years, the Institute has trained young people from Central and East Harlem and the South Bronx in countermarketing, a technique to counteract the marketing of unhealthy food, particularly to young people. To build on this work, the New York City Youth Food Countermarketing Network, convened by the Institute, bring together youth and food organizations from around New York City to prepare young people to challenge the food industry’s marketing campaigns to convince young people to buy and consume products associated with premature death and preventable illness.
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Organization Type:
Academic Organization
About the Organization:
CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute develops evidence and policy analysis to advance equitable and intersectoral solutions to urban food problems. Located at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy in Central Harlem and serving programs throughout CUNY, Institute staff analyze and evaluate urban food policies and programs, convene key constituencies involved in urban food systems to identify problems and craft innovative and equitable solutions, and assist CUNY faculty and degree programs to advance the skills, professional opportunities, and health knowledge of New York City’s food workforce. The Institute leverages the food-related passion, commitment and experience of CUNY students, staff and faculty to help create healthier urban food environments.
Latest Project:
CUNY Food Policy Monitor tracks changes in city, state and federal policies that influence the local food environments and nutritional well-being of city residents. Through our forums, newsletter, policy briefs, social media presence and other publications we share our findings to create a food policy learning community that can advocate for healthier food policies for New York City.
Areas Served:
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens
Core Programs:
– Nutrition and Health Equity: East Harlem Youth Food Educators Program, New York City Youth Food Countermarketing Network, Immigrants and Food Access and Healthy Food Retail.
– Economic Development: Develop capacity of CDCs and settlement houses in NYC to support more good food jobs in low-income communities.
– Evaluation Studies: conduct evaluation studies of urban food and nutrition programs to assess their effectiveness in improving food access, promoting public health, and supporting community development in order to provide feedback to program and funders and recommend policy changes.
– Coordinate food initiatives across CUNY: CUNY Food Collaboratory, a network of CUNY faculty, staff and graduate students with interests in food policy, CUNY Food Security Advocates—prepare CUNY students to take action to reduce food insecurity among peers and neighbors.
– Global Partnerships: With partners in South Africa, United Kingdom, Denmark and elsewhere, develop cross-national studies to compare approaches to creating more equitable urban food systems.
Major Issues:
Food Policy
Increase Food Access
Policy Analysis and Advocacy
Reduce Food Insecurity
Strengthen New York Food workforce
We have and or use Social Media?:
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
Frequently used hashtags 1:
#foodpolicy #countermarketing
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