Category: Food

Fresh Food for Seniors expands into lower Manhattan

Hundreds of seniors across Manhattan have been taking advantage of my Fresh Food for Seniors program. They’re supporting local agriculture and eating healthier by ordering $8 bags of fresh fruit and vegetables (a $15 value). At the start of this season, I announced that we would be expanding into lower Manhattan and I’m pleased to share that deliveries in our new program area have begun at three locations: Southbridge Towers,… Read more

Volunteers and I hit the streets to promote free summer meals for kids

Gale Brewer hands a flyer to a parent with her child I led a borough-wide Day of Action today to provide parents and children with detailed information about New York City’s Free Summer Meals Program, including specific sites and times. Along with dozens of volunteers, I greeted commuters, students, and parents across the borough with detailed flyers, starting bright and early at 7:30 am. The Free Summer Meals program is an incredible resource in the fight against childhood hunger, but… Read more

Free Summer Meals for Kids!

Free Summer Meals for Kids! The New York City Department of Education serves over 700,000 free meals to children every day during the school year. These meals, which include breakfast and lunch, are vital to families struggling to keep their children fed and healthy. But what happens when school lets out for the summer?

Fresh Food for Seniors is expanding, deliveries begin in July!

a bunch of delicious red apples We’re excited to add new sites on the Upper East Side and Washington Heights to our Fresh Food for Seniors program this year, in addition to the neighborhoods from Northern Manhattan to the West Village to Roosevelt Island. Here’s how it works: seniors can place an order for $8 a week in advance, and pick up a bag of fresh fruit and vegetables (worth at least $15) the following week.… Read more

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