NYC Council Food and Nutrition Update from Christine Quinn, NY City Council

Dear New Yorker: 

I’m writing to share some very important news with you about the Council’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and nutrition of all New Yorkers.

On Monday, at an event celebrating the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) initiative hosted by the Good Food, Good Jobs Coalition, I announced a new and exciting initiative, FoodWorks New York.  This effort will produce a first ever comprehensive plan to use New York City’s food system to create jobs, improve public health and protect the environment and will focus on five goals:

  • improving our city’s food infrastructure;
  • creating new and better jobs in the food industry;
  • keeping more of our local food dollars in the local economy;
  • reducing diet related diseases;
  • reducing environmental damage from the production, transport, and consumption of food.  

I am attaching links LINK HERE and LINK HERE to some of the news reports about this new initiative.  We welcome your input and encourage you to share your thoughts and concerns as we develop a comprehensive blueprint for making our food system healthier, environmentally sustainable, more regionally focused, and economically vibrant. You can contact me at quinn@council.nyc.gov

I am also pleased to tell you that today, the City Council passed F.R.E.S.H., an initiative which is the first of its kind in the country, providing both zoning and financial incentives to bring more grocery stores to our city’s underserved communities.  The Council has made this piece of legislation one of our highest priorities as it brings us one step closer to increasing access to fresh foods for all New Yorkers.

I look forward to hearing from you and will keep you updated on the progress of the FoodWorks New York initiative.  

Have a wonderful holiday!

Sincerely,

Christine C. Quinn, Speaker

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