Healthy Communities

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Funding Will Increase Access to Fresh, Local Food

The Mobile Markets Grant Program is funding mobile farmers' markets and food pantries to increase food access in Central Brooklyn.
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Increasing Food Access and Supporting Economic Opportunities

The Department is committed to helping New Yorkers increase their access to fresh, local, healthy foods, and supporting new economic opportunities for farmers, through programs such as the Community Gardens program, the Council on Hunger and Food Policy, and the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.

Statewide Initiatives Innovating Across New York State

Increasing Brooklyn residents' access to nutritious food through the Food Insecurity Screening Pilot Program and more.

A collaborative effort across the food supply chain that connects government entities, farmers, and food processors. 

Council on Hunger and Food Policy

The Council on Hunger and Food Policy was established in 2016 to expand on New York State's existing programs to provide food assistance for New Yorkers in need, and to establish a permanent focus on fighting hunger in the state. The Council advises on strategies to address hunger needs and expand the availability of fresh, locally grown foods for New Yorkers living in communities with limited access.
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Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture
Building Greener, Healthier Cities

Connecting gardeners to resources in their communities.

Facilitating the use of vacant public lands for community gardens.

Innovating within cities to grow food, raise animals, and promote sustainability.