New York City

Big Apple Forges Path Toward More Resilient and Equitable Food System

In the last decade, the City of New York’s regional food system has been tested by a hurricane and a global pandemic, highlighting areas where new policies and investments could best position the City to respond to community needs under any circumstance. With leadership from a strong local coalition, the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy published a 10-year food policy plan to guide New York City toward a more resilient and equitable food system.

Population:
8,336,817
Race Demographics:
24% Black / 0.4% Indigenous / 14% Asian / 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander / 43% White (32% White Non-Hispanic) / 4% Two or More Races / 29% Hispanic
Poverty Rate:
18%
New York City School District Free and Reduced Price Lunch:
72%
Estimated Public Food Spend:
$500,000,000
Local Leadership:

Mayor's Office of Food Policy, NYC Good Food Purchasing Coalition

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Participation in the Good Food Purchasing Program by all public New York City institutions could*:

Reduce annual carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 202 million pounds

City agencies have implemented Meatless Mondays and committed to reducing overall beef purchases to achieve carbon neutrality.

Reduce chronic disease risk by 1.48% equivalent to $1.59 million in annual healthcare savings

New York City’s efforts to improve community health include offering more fruits and vegetables and reducing ultra-processed foods citywide.

Maintain transparency in food purchasing

Participating city agencies publish their purchasing data, assessments, and action plans to foster public engagement and accountable implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program.

*Impacts are calculated based on estimated annual regional food spend. These are the estimated impacts of replacing 30% of current purchases of conventionally produced meat and eggs with an equal amount of plant proteins and increasing 30% of current purchases of fruits and vegetables, without changing total food spend. For additional detail, download the methodology.

"New York City agencies cumulatively serve an impressive 230 million+ meals annually. Leveraging this power is complicated, but can transform the region’s food economies and radically increase Black, Indigenous, and people of color owned business viability. New York State’s restrictive procurement law is a critical barrier to our work to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program in the City. We are positioning to directly transform statewide food procurement practices to encompass the interests of diverse communities, our environment, and animals. Transforming the food system is aspirational, but it is possible. Shifting to a values-based food procurement paradigm is our only option."

Ribka Getachew - Director of the NYC Good Food Purchasing Program Campaign, Community Food Advocates


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