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NYC City Council Passes FRESH Initiative

December 15, 2009

The Food Retail Expansion to Support Health, or FRESH, program was approved by city council last week.  The program provides financial and zoning incentives to grocery stores in underserved neighborhoods in all five boroughs.

In addition to passing the FRESH initiative, City Council Speaker Quinn announced her FoodWorks New York initiative, a long term plan for food policy in the city.  Read about the initiative here:

Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, is to unveil a long-term plan on food policy on Monday, a plan she says goes beyond the issues of trans fats and sugary sodas to address the production, transportation and sales of food in New York City.

Her initiative, called FoodWorks New York, is meant to build on the efforts of the Bloomberg’s administration’s food policy coordinator, Benjamin Thomases, whose office improves access to food for low-income New Yorkers. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg first established the food policy coordinator’s office in 2007.

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