Category: Food

Free Summer Meals Program for New York City Children Begins Its 2015 Season

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? Many eligible families don’t know about the federally funded Summer Meals Program offered across the city. This crucial resource provides free,… Read more

BP Brewer, DCAS Commissioner Cumberbatch launch winter Food Box program for city employees in cooperation with GrowNYC

Program allows week-in-advance ordering of full bag of freshest produce from area growers for $10 NEW YORK, NY– GrowNYC, the nonprofit which manages the city’s Greenmarket program, is beginning the winter season of its Fresh Food Box program, and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, City Department of Administrative Services (DCAS) Commissioner Stacey Cumberbatch, and GrowNYC Executive Director, Marcel Van Ooyen, today announced a new Civic Center outpost of the… Read more

Raising awareness about the NYC Organics Collection Program

My office, in coordination with the NYC Departments of Sanitation (DSNY) and Education (DOE) sponsored “Day of Action” today to help raise awareness about the NYC Organics Collection Program, an effort to cut the solid waste produced by city public school cafeterias and produce nutrient-rich compost in the bargain. During today’s morning school drop-off period, my staff and I fanned out to distribute flyers explaining the… Read more

Urgent reforms needed in City’s summer food program for schoolchildren

.PDF of news release “For too long, the City’s summer food program for school kids has been riddled with incomplete information, lack of comprehensive site planning, and without strong inter-agency coordination when it should be a front-line effort in combating hunger,” Brewer said. “Logistics for locations are provided too late, especially for many parents and grandparents. Last year, sites and dates were announced on June 25 – just two days… Read more