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Healthy, Affordable Food

Access to healthy food is a key determinant of health—a lack of which can lead to higher rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Residents of low-income neighborhoods or communities in high-poverty areas in particular face challenges in accessing healthy foods, including a dearth of grocery stores offering nutritious options or difficulty affording healthy food when it is available. As a result, these residents are particularly at risk for poorer health outcomes. As part of its Building Healthy Communities priority area, NYSHealth is supporting a wide range of projects to increase residents’ access to healthy, affordable food options. Learn more about our work:

Active Citizen Project
Expanding Healthy Food Access Points in Brownsville

Field & Fork Network

Wellness in the Schools
WITS Culinary Boot Camps

Global Strategy Group


Hunger Solutions New York
Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship

Clinton County Health Department

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
Healthy Neighborhood Community Mapping Project

Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy
Assessment of the State of Nutrition Education at the New York City and State Levels

Growing a New York City Food Hub

In Our Backyards (ioby)
Bringing Neighborhood Projects to Life

Community Food Advocates
Advocacy for Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids

Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
Activating Public Spaces: A Public-Private Partnership to Build Healthy Communities in New York City