Food News

The Economic Impacts of Cuts to SNAP: Takeaways from FSNYC’s December Open Networking Meeting

December 2013

by Arpan Dasgupta

 

For nearly 2 million New York City residents, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) provides critical assistance that helps put food on the table and promote more nutritious meals. On November 1, 2013, SNAP benefits were cut by $5 billion nationally when the benefit increases established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 expired. New Yorkers lost an average of $29 per month in benefits.[1] Even before the November 1st cut, SNAP benefits ran out for recipients before the end of the month.[2] Congress is now considering additional cuts to the SNAP program during the Farm Bill reauthorization process.  In addition to the affect on household food insecurity, the cuts to SNAP also impact the region’s economy. At FSNYC’s December Open Networking Meeting, Kate MacKenzie, the Director of Policy and Government Relations at City Harvest, moderated a panel discussion that explored the economic impacts of cuts to SNAP.

 

The Food Safety Modernization Act & Family Farmers

 

*Any opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not constitute the opinions of the Food Systems Network NYC.  To take action, visit NSAC's Food Safety Modernization Act campaign page.

 

by Ed Yowell

 

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of the nation’s food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011.  FSMA legislation was conceived in the wake of a massive recall of E. coli tainted spinach in 2006.  It, and subsequent foodborne illness related recalls of tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, eggs, and peanut butter, shook the popular confidence of Americans in our nation’s food supply.  See http://www.foodsystemsnyc.org/farm_views_on_food_safety.

 

Re-cap - A Heritage Radio Network Series for Policy Foodies of NYC

This article is cross-posted from Food Politic, an online journal of food news and culture.

by Tove K. Danovich

Mid-September 2013 marked the beginning of an interesting radio series cataloguing the triumphs, failings, and outlook for food policy in New York City.

 

The show, titled in full “Everything’s on the Table: What’s the Recipe for the Future of Food in NYC” (“Everything’s on the Table” for those of us short of breath) spent eight episodes focusing on various aspects of food policy – hunger, food waste, education, etc – and how they could be affected by the new Mayoral administration.

In the Heritage Radio Network studio for Episode 1.

In the studio for Episode 1.

 

NYC Food Forum releases 'A Food Primer for Our New Mayor'

 

A Food Primer for Our New Mayor:

NYC Food Forum Releases Plan For Healthier, Hunger-free NYC

55 Organizations Sign On

 

Contact: Michelle Friedman

mfriedman@nyccah.org

(212) 825 0028 ext. 212

 

(October 23, 2013) The New York City Food Forum, a gathering of food-active organizations across the city, released A Food Primer for Our New Mayor, which outlines steps the next mayor can take towards ending hunger and improving health for all New Yorkers. A copy was sent to each mayoral candidate this morning.

 

The primer focuses on actions the next Mayor can take in five food related areas: hunger, healthy food, school food, food economy, and food governance. To read the plan and see the list of organizational supporters visit: http://www.nycfoodforum.org/a-primer-for-our-new-mayor

 

The Glynwood View: Join the Hard Cider Revival

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October 9, 2013

by Valerie Burchby, Program Assistant, Glynwood

 

Let’s Get Cooking for Food Day 2013!

October 9, 2013

Tove Danovich, FSNYC Communications Volunteer & Lynn Fredericks, FamilyCook Productions

 

It’s that time of year again, the third annual Food Day campaign is upon us. And this year’s Food Day focus: Food Education for Children. 

 

Upcoming Report on Food and Nutrition Education Programs in NYC Public Elementary Schools

What are the food and nutrition education programs in that are going into public schools? How are these programs distributed across our city’s schools? If you have ever asked this kinds of questions, watch for the upcoming report from the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy of the Program in Nutrition at Teachers College Columbia University.

 

Everything's on the Table Episode 1: Why Food Policy Should Matter to Voters

Episode 1: Why Food Policy Should Matter to Voters

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

Archive: click here

 

The first episode of Everything’s on the Table: What’s the Recipe for the Future of Food in NYC? answers the question “Why Food Policy Should Matter to Voters.” We’ll discuss how NYC food policy affects the everyday lives of New Yorkers and what impact the upcoming citywide elections will have on these policies. And, we’ll explore one of the most critical food policy issues facing our City today, school food.

 

Featuring hosts Sarah Brannen and Ed Yowell of FSNYC’s Leadership Committee as well as special guests from the policy staff of the New York City Council, Wellness in the Schools, the Brooklyn Food Coalition, we’ll introduce the info you’ll need at the polls in November.

FSNYC radio series - "Everything's on the Table: What's the Receipe for the Future of Food in NYC?"

Everything's on the Table: What's the Recipe for the Future of Food in NYC is a radio series developed by Food Systems Network NYC and Heritage Radio Network. From September 19th - November 7th, stream the show online every Thursday from 2:00-2:45 pm.

 

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