NY Food 20/20: Vision, Research and Recommendations During COVID-19 and Beyond

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College, and CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute have joined forces to monitor and assess New York City’s food system response to COVID-19 to date and over the next 18 months.

The Centers have collaborated to produce the first independent assessment of the effects of COVID-19 on our food system and an assessment of the many public and private responses.

In this first report of NY Food 20/20, the Centers examined the effects of the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences on New York’s food system and the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers.

The Centers also discussed the creation and early implementation of some of the City’s responses to COVID-19 related food system changes and offered concrete actions that public officials and agencies, civil society groups and others can take with a focus on how to minimize the harms and maximize the opportunities to address the underlying problems the pandemic has exacerbated.

The report recommends possible steps the City can take to minimize the inequitable distribution of burdens of the pandemic by socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity.

Finally, it suggests strategies to enable New York City’s food system to respond to a possible resurgence of the epidemic in the future or to utilize new opportunities to open and rebuild the City.

The full text of the report is available at the link below. An op-ed in the Daily News summarizes the key messages.  


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