A major study of the New York City Green Cart Initiative undertaken by Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) concluded that the Green Carts initiative has been reaching key goals in improving access to healthy foods in targeted neighborhoods. The Illumination Fund commissioned SIPA as an independent evaluator to assess the economic viability of Greens Carts as small businesses and consider the role of philanthropy in promoting and supporting innovative public policy. The study was conducted by a team of researchers led by Ester P. Fuchs, a professor of international and public affairs and political science at Columbia SIPA and Sarah Holloway, a lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia SIPA.
To discuss the report’s findings, a panel was convened on June 11 at the New York Public Radio’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space which included Cathy Nonas, Senior Advisor for the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control at the New York City Department of Health, Sean Basinski, Founder and Director of the Street Vendor Project, Nancy Biberman, Founder and President of Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCo), Rick Luftglass, Executive Director for the Illumination Fund, and Ester Fuchs who moderated the event. The panelists discussed study findings, background of public-private partnerships, and opportunities for growth and scale. Read about the findings here and obtain a pdf of the study here.