CEANYC is excited to join the American Heart Association and other organizations in the fight for healthy food access in New York. As food cooperatives, community gardens, CSA programs, and other solidarity economy groups, we know that access to healthy food can revitalize local economies, create jobs, and improve the health of New Yorkers. This is why we are partnering with folks that want to expand financing to help local food retail thrive!
We are calling on Mayor Bill De Blasio to fund:
- $15 million to help New Yorkers afford fresh fruits and vegetables by expanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) incentives such as Health Bucks;
- $10 million to create a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) to help local food retail to open, expand, and improve in neighborhoods that need food and jobs the most; and
- $3 million to expand healthy corner store initiatives so that existing corner stores can offer healthier food options to their customers.
How can CEANYC members support?
- As the Mayor and City Council decide on the city budget for the coming year, we are encouraging our members to ask them to include funding to ensure every family has access to the foods that help support a balanced diet and a healthier life.
- Call on your local newspaper to write about why healthy food access in your local community matters using this template!
- Tweeting! Tweet at Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor de Blasio and get your members to tweet at them, too: “We’re asking you @NYCMayor and @NYCSpeakerCoJo to prioritize access to healthy food! Every New Yorker should be able to access affordable, healthy food in their neighborhood #hungry4options”
If you would like to get more involved or attend any upcoming rallies or actions, email Evie at firstname.lastname@example.org