At its 10th anniversary celebration on Thursday, the Food Chain Workers Alliance awarded the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute its 2019 New York Food Justice Award to honor the Institute’s work in building a Good Food Purchasing Program in New York City.
The Good Food Purchasing Program is a comprehensive effort to harness the power of municipal institutional food procurement to achieve social, environmental, and economic goals through the promotion of better food purchasing practices. Specifically, the program provides a metric-based, flexible framework that prioritizes five core values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition. The Institute’s research detailed how the program can transform New York City’s institutional food procurement process to improve the lives of workers and eaters.
The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.
“Our Institute is honored to work with the Food Chain Workers Alliance to improve food procurement and the conditions of food workers in New York City and around the nation,” Institute director Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg said upon accepting the award. “In pursuing this work, our deputy director Mr. Craig Willingham, who leads this project, has demonstrated our Institute’s commitment to more equitable food policies for cities.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 22