On a cold, drizzly spring afternoon, city leaders joined advocates on the steps of City Hall to rally for the state to replenish the fund that helps to address food deserts in New York. The weather wasn't going to stop us! Thanks to Council Members Crowley and Levin, and advocates from The Food Trust, Make the Road New York, City Harvest and of course the American Heart Association, the elected leaders in Albany heard us loud and clear! The state must invest wisely and support healthy food access.
The Healthy Food & Healthy Communities Fund was established 3 years ago with a $10 million investment by the state. Those dollars were immediately leveraged to create an approximately $30 million pot of funding for prospective business owners to build new markets in the neighborhoods that need it most. Thanks to this fund, more than 15 projects have been approved, bringing healthier food to all New Yorkers. To learn more about our rally in NYC in support of the Healthy Food & Healthy Communities Fund, click here: https://animoto.com/play/SnvmF1wNVQYCDHIw9Gt3OQ