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  • FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government Shira J. Gans Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer
  • Overview
    • Office of the Manhattan Borough President
    • The Beginning: Go Green East Harlem!
    • Community Organizers to Policy Makers
    • Bigger Than One Neighborhood
    • 1 st Conference: The Politics of Food
    • 2 nd Conference: New York City Food and Climate Summit
    • Challenges
    • Accomplishments
    • Things to Consider
    • Q&A
    FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government
  • Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer
    • Elected in 2006
    • Appoints Community Boards
    • Advisory role on land use, educational policy, city pension and public development subsidies
    • Allocates capital grants to non-profits and city agencies
    • Advocates for sound policies from “bully pulpit”
    FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government
  • The Beginning: Go Green East Harlem!
    • Collaborative community-based initiative aimed at breaking the pattern of harmful environmental conditions that have been part of East Harlem’s history for decades
    • Initial Accomplishments
      • East Harlem Asthma Center
      • Farmers market that accepts EBT
      • Planting of hundreds of street trees
      • Go Green East Harlem Cookbook
    FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government
  • Bigger Than One Neighborhood
    • Hunger:
      • 1.4 million New Yorkers are food insecure
      • In 2009, 93% of emergency food providers saw an increase in first time visitors and 70% increase in child visitors
    • Access:
      • 3 million New Yorkers live in high need super market areas and 750,000 in food deserts (equivalent to 85% of Hartford’s population)
      • 1/3 fewer grocery stores in NYC in 2010 than in 2004
      • In 2008, 59% of soup kitchens and food pantries ran out of food and 51% had to turn people away
    • Affordability :
      • 3.1 million New Yorkers experience difficulty affording food
      • In 2007, 1 in 5 households with incomes over $75,000 had difficulty affording food
    FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government
  • Bigger Than One Neighborhood
    • Health:
      • 1.1 million New Yorkers are obese, 2 million are overweight
        • 40% of New York City public school students grades K-8 are overweight or obese
      • 700,000 New Yorkers have diabetes causing heart disease, stroke, blindness, and lower extremity amputations
      • Nationally, children born after 2000 are the first generation expected to live shorter lives than their parents
    • Supply: A NY farm is lost to development every 3 days
  • Community Organizers to Policy Makers
    • Decided to host conference with goals of:
      • creating citywide food policy agenda + framework
      • carving out role for local government
    • Engaged key partners :
      • Formed Conference Steering Committee of 50 key local leaders, advocates, and service providers
      • Engaged Columbia University benefiting from faculty expertise, student creativity, and expansive resources
    FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government
  • 1 st Conference: The Politics of Food November 2008
    • Seven breakout session:
      • Food Distribution
      • Finding Healthy Food
      • Nutrition Education
      • Urban Farming
      • How NYC Agencies Can Serve Healthier Meals
      • Food Safety Net
      • Urban Food Agenda
    • Speakers : Mayor Bloomberg; Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, President, U.N.; Maya Wiley, Founder and Director, Center for Social Inclusion
    • Attendance: 800
    FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government
  • 1st Conference: Outcomes
    • Food in the Public Interest Report
    • Foodshed Study Proposal
      • Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Urban Design Lab, Columbia University
      • Senator Gillibrand
    • Food charter:
      • “ The purpose of the NYC Sustainable Food Charter is to set forth the values and principles essential to a just, vibrant, and sustainable food system, and to spur the creation of such a food system for all New Yorkers.”
    FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government
  • 2 nd Conference: New York City Food and Climate Summit, December 2009
    • Timed to Climate Change Talks in Copenhagen
      • Wanted to bring focus to role of food and cities absent in Copenhagen
    • Continue and deepen work from 1 st conference
      • Partnered with Just Food and New York University
      • Incorporated hands-on, skill building break out sessions, as well as policy sessions
    • 29 break-out session and 1,000 attendees
    FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government
  • FoodNYC: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Food System
    • Urban Agriculture
    • Regional Food Production
    • Food Processing and Distribution
    • New Markets
    • Procurement of Regionally Grown Food
    • Education
    • Food Waste
    • Plastic Water Bottles
    • Food Economy
    • Government Oversight and Coordination of Food Policy and Programs
    FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government
  • Challenges
    • Bridging urban/rural divide
    • Seeing common goals amid competing agendas
    • Implementing recommendations in resource constrained environment
    • Overcoming institutional barriers
    FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government
  • Accomplishments
    • Manhattan Borough President + Friends
      • Set agenda and built coalition
      • Memorialized ideas and vision in reports
      • Go Green East Harlem Cookbook
      • Increased the numbers of farmers markets in low-income areas
      • Created Youth Bucks Program (800+ children participated) and Go Green Mobile Veggie Van
      • Promulgated new vision for environmental review process that includes healthy food infrastructure
      • Helped pass ground breaking urban bee keeping legislation
      • Drew attention to state and local tax subsidies for fast food chains
    • Change Can Happen
      • Mayor is considering adding food to PlaNYC
      • Administration has implemented FRESH incentive program for grocery stores
    FoodNYC: Food Policy & Local Government
  • Things to Consider
    • What are your primary goals and should they be aligned with potential funding sources?
    • Where are the intersecting interests between rural and urban?
    • Are there immediate concerns around which to organize?
    • What is process is most inclusive, engaging, and impactful?
  • Q & A