Category: Food

Fresh Food for Seniors program delivers 5,500 bags of affordable produce

seven smiling women boxing leafy greens Healthy food should be available to everyone, but especially to elderly New Yorkers. As an elected official, I’ve made increasing access to quality, affordable, and locally-grown food a priority. My Fresh Food for Seniors program, a version of which I launched in 2012 as a City Council Member, delivers discounted bags of local fruits and veggies—sourced from local farms via GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Co. food hub—to senior centers and apartment buildings… Read more

Collecting data on nutrition education in NYC schools

rally full of people for food education in nyc schools Healthy habits start young, and eating better helps students do better in the classroom now, and succeed in the future. But according to research from the Tisch Center at Columbia University, 44% of New York City public schools lack programming lessons on nutrition education. That’s why Council Member Mark Treyger and I introduced legislation that would require the Department of Education to collect data and report on what students are… Read more

Fresh Food for Seniors relaunches in Northern Manhattan

seven smiling women boxing leafy greens Since 2012, I have partnered with GrowNYC, government agencies, nonprofits, and colleagues in the City Council to make fresh, healthy, locally-grown fruits and vegetables available to seniors in a growing number of Manhattan neighborhoods, from the West Village to Roosevelt Island. Starting Sept. 4, I’m pleased to relaunch our program in northern Manhattan. For just $8, seniors can bring home a bag with $15 or more worth of fresh produce!… Read more

Letter grades for street vendors are good, but GPS tracking – not so much

2 street vendors in front of mbpo Today, I weighed in on new rules proposed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) that would give letter grades like you see in restaurants to mobile food vendors and that would introduce GPS tracking of these vendors. NYC is known for its food – not just fancier world-class restaurants, but also street food, ranging from halal meats and gyros to all-American hot dogs and… Read more

NY1 covered the 2018 launch of Fresh Food for Seniors!

reporter reporting on '"fresh food for seniors" kicks off' NY1 covered the launch of the 2018 Fresh Food for Seniors program (free transcript/paywalled clip) from the Goddard Riverside Senior Center on the Upper West Side, but the program is active in many neighborhoods, from the West Village to Washington Heights to Roosevelt Island. Order an $8 bag of fresh fruit and vegetables a week in advance—a $15 value—and you’ll support local agriculture and eat healthier. For complete details and… Read more

Fresh Food for Seniors receiving a dedicated delivery van!

Today, Borough President Brewer and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery announced the de Blasio Administration’s commitment to fund a van and part-time driver to support the Fresh Food for Seniors program, which makes bags of fresh, locally-sourced produce available to seniors in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods for just $8. A dedicated van for produce deliveries to pickup locations will make the program more sustainable and lay the groundwork for further expansion. Read Read more

Brewer announces return of Fresh Food for Seniors Program for 2017

Seniors can buy fresh, locally-grown produce for just $8 per bag at senior centers, other participating sites Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the relaunch of her Fresh Food for Seniors program for 2017, which will operate through November. The program makes bags of fresh, locally-grown produce available for purchase bimonthly at participating senior centers and buildings in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods. “Access to fresh food, and especially fresh… Read more

Brewer promotes free summer meals for kids with Friday Day of Action

Manhattan B.P. to greet commuters and deploy staff, volunteers to 82 schools with detailed flyers on how, when, and where to get free summer meals for kids On Friday, June 16, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will lead a borough-wide Day of Action to provide parents and children with detailed information about free meals available this summer through New York City’s Summer Meals Program. Brewer will personally greet commuters… Read more

Brewer issues Manhattan supermarket survey and Age-Friendly Supermarket Guide, calls for policies to boost neighborhood supermarkets

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released “Manhattan Supermarkets: How to Keep them Alive,” a survey of Manhattan’s supermarkets and grocers with policy recommendations to stem the tide of supermarket closures. The report also includes the Age-Friendly Supermarket Guide, a census of senior-friendly features at 229 Manhattan supermarkets (including wheelchair accessibility, restroom availability, delivery costs, and any available senior discounts). “The first step in solving a lot… Read more

Brewer Announces Applications for Manhattan Community Award Program Funds Open Through Sept. 25, Allocates $40,000 to Promote Healthy Eating at Supermarkets

Applications accepted online at bit.ly/MBPOgrants Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer has announced the open application period for her office’s Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP), which provides funding for programming and operational expenses to nonprofit organizations and public schools. As part of this year’s program, Brewer also announced the “Fresh Taste Manhattan Initiative,” allocating $40,000 in MCAP funds for nonprofit programs that promote healthy eating and food preparation at local… Read more