CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

by Leah Butz
CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
55 West 125th Street
New York
Phone Number
(646) 364-9602
Director, Manager or CEO
Nicholas Freudenberg
Volunteers per month
Number of staff/employees
Year Started
Latest Projects
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.
Interesting Fact
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.
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
Frequently used hashtags
#foodpolicy #countermarketing#publichealth
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