CUNY Urban Food Policy Monitor
e-newsletter of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
Message on the
Presidential Election
Dear Food Policy Monitor Readers:

It will take us all some time to analyze the full implications of the outcome of the election and to understand the effects on food justice and health equity. As founders of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute at the CUNY School of Public Health, as public health researchers and advocates, and as individuals dedicated to social justice, we wanted to reaffirm the core commitments and values that inform our work. 
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Policy Brief
Expanding Food Benefits for Immigrants: Charting a Policy Agenda for New York City
By Anabel Perez-Jimenez and Nicholas Freudenberg, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

We acknowledge the contributions of Nevin Cohen, Alyshia Galvez,
Jan Poppendieck and Ashley Rafalow.
In the United States, a century of social reforms has yielded several national programs that help people avoid hunger and food insecurity. In 2015, the Supplemental Assistance Program (SNAP) provided benefits to more than 44 million low-income U.S. residents at a cost of about $70 billion; the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) offered healthy food to about 6 million women and their young children at a cost of $6.2 billion; and USDA’s School Food served lunches to about 30.5 million school children and breakfasts to about 14 million at a total cost of about $17 billion.  These food safety net programs, however imperfect in their scope or implementation, mitigate the effects of poverty and food insecurity, improve health and help the United States join the club of civilized nations that aspire to make access to the food needed for well-being the norm rather than a privilege. 

Not every resident of our nation, however, has access to these food safety net programs and many are unaware of their eligibility or face obstacles in enrolling. One such group is immigrants, defined broadly as people born elsewhere who come to the United States to work, live or spend extended time.  In this policy brief, we explore the eligibility of various categories of New York City’s immigrant populations, from those who have become citizens to permanent residents (Green Card holders) to those who lack legal immigration status, for SNAP, WIC and School Food, the nation’s main food benefit programs. We also examine factors that facilitate or block immigrants’ enrollment in these programs.

Our larger goals are to encourage more systematic study of immigrant access to food benefits and identify opportunities for improving access. We hope to widen a public conversation among immigrants and their organizations, food security groups, food justice advocates and policy makers about identifying policies and practices that will   make New York City a national model for immigrant access to food benefits.  
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YOFE Toolkit is here!
The Youth Food Educators (YOFE) Program is a project of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute that trains young people to develop countermarketing campaigns designed to reduce the demand for unhealthy foods, and works with young people to develop their public speaking and advocacy skills.

The YOFE Program Toolkit was created as a guide for organizations interested in engaging young people in advocacy, social justice, and countermarketing projects. Within the toolkit, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute shares insights, best practices, and lessons learned based on two years of experience with the YOFE program. The toolkit also contains program background, curriculum, handouts, evaluation materials, and a literature review on food marketing to children and counter advertising campaigns. Youth are a valuable resource for improving community health and advocating for food justice and social justice issues, and the YOFE  program trains them on how to do just that. 
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In Case You Missed It
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Youth Countermarketing

On October 27, 2016, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute held its first Youth Countermarketing Convening which brought together organizations, groups, and individuals across NYC that lead youth food justice programs and/or that are interested in creating or expanding youth food countermarketing work.  Organizations represented at the meeting include: Children’s Aid SocietyFoodCorpsCommunity Food AdvocatesGrowNYCCity HarvestBronx Health ReachNew SettlementCUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
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Making Hunger and Food Insecurity History at CUNY

On November 4th, 2016, Healthy CUNY, a university-wide initiative that promotes health to increase academic success, and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, a research action center that aims to make healthy food more accessible in cities, brought together organizations and individuals working to reduce hunger and food insecurity among CUNY students. The goal of the meeting was to coordinate activities and services that could more effectively ensure that all CUNY students had access to the affordable food needed for health and academic success. 
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Upcoming Events
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November 15, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Public Health Solutions
40 Worth Street Rooms 5.2/5.3, New York, NY 10013
Healthy Food Retail Networking Group Fall Quarterly Meeting
Getting a Local Taste- Updates from Programs Borough by Borough
The meeting will showcase an exciting panel of representatives from across the City, and opportunity to speed network, information about our new HFRNG sponsored mini-grants, and a discussion about the Network’s upcoming new name, logo, and website.
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November 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10027
Urban Food Policy Forum: Immigrants and Food Access
Join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at Lehman College to continue the dialogue around immigrant inclusion as we aim to create an opportunity for education and policy advocacy to increase immigrants' access to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), WIC, and school food. Our hope for this forum is to bring together a strong coalition of immigrant and food security advocates that will contribute to the conversation in order to set policy goals that will improve lives of immigrants and set a national model for inclusion.
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