Poverty, hunger, and obesity are soaring in New York City, while local and regional farmers struggle to make a living.
The plan has two parts: a) the main plan focused on executive actions that the next mayor can take, and b) an appendix with recommendations for legislative actions at the federal, state, and local levels.
In order to deliver our message to the broad public about the causes of, and solutions to, local hunger and food problems, we ask you – key leaders, stakeholders, and partners – to join together with us as we build a non-partisan movement with the power to change the public conversation and knowledge of hunger, nutrition, food, and poverty issues.
We would like your help in one or more of the following ways:
1) Sign-on either organizationally, or personally, to the main Food Secure NYC 2018 plan and/or the legislative appendix, using either this link or the attached form. Signing on means that you support the broad outlines of the plan, not necessarily that you agree with each and every detail of it.
2) Pass this information on to your partners, friends, colleagues, and stakeholders, asking them to sign on.
What People Are Saying About Food Secure NYC 2018:
“It is simply unacceptable that in the greatest city in the world, approximately 1.4 million New Yorkers don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “Part of what makes us great is supporting our most vulnerable citizens, especially those living in poverty and suffering from food insecurity. It is vital that we work together in the fight to end hunger, and the Food Secure New York City 2018 initiative is an essential component of this effort.”
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner said, "Ending hunger in New York City is an achievable goal if we adopt an active posture and good ideas. The Food Secure NYC 2018 plan puts us on that path."
Said former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, "I commend the Coalition for developing an initiative to reduce poverty and hunger in New York City. As Mayor, I will make sure that our families live in a city that offers the promise of opportunity for all. The ‘Food Secure NYC 2018 Plan’ will guide access to nutritious and affordable food for New Yorkers in all five boroughs."
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said, "No family or child should ever be hungry in our city. As mayor, I'll work relentlessly to expand enrollment for eligible households to income and food assistance programs, reduce bureaucratic barriers, and advocate for expanded support from the state and federal government. I applaud the New York City Coalition Against Hunger for its important recommendations, and look forward to working with them in the weeks and months ahead."
“In one of the world’s wealthiest cities, it’s simply unconscionable that children go to bed hungry every night in all five boroughs. I applaud the New York City Coalition Against Hunger for promoting realistic recommendations to eradicate food insecurity – an issue that’s been plaguing our city for far too long,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. “If there is a plan that can help ensure all New Yorkers – including the most vulnerable -- have access to nutritious food while creating jobs, why wouldn’t we follow it? Food Secure New York City 2018 is a sensible and compassionate blueprint, and I join with many other New Yorkers in urging our City to implement it without delay.”
Assemblymember Richard N. Gottfried said, “The Food Secure NYC 2018 plan is a thoughtful comprehensive agenda for social justice. In America, no one should be left behind.”
Councilmember Annabel Palma said, “Food Secure New York City 2018 lays out a solid framework for improving access to nutritious food and creating good jobs. This plan deserves serious consideration from New York City’s next mayor and the Council, particularly now that hunger is on the rise.”
Former New York City Council Member Sal Albanese said, “Nobody in a city as wealthy as New York should go to school or to sleep hungry. Yet, amid rising income inequality and poverty, that’s exactly what is happening in the five boroughs. We need to tackle this right here, and right now, by creating a healthy food pipeline from local producers to schools, senior centers, and bodegas.”
If you have any questions or advice on these matters, please do not hesitate to contact Rasna Sethi at (212) 825-0028 ext. 202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.