NYC Food Policy Notes

Health Bucks is one of a number of innovative anti-obesity and food access policies (Healthy Bodegas Initiative, Green Carts, etc.) that New York City has implemented in recent years  to increase access to healthy food all across the city. Today the city announced that this season, Health Bucks will be accepted at all 138 farmers markets throughout the city. Food stamp recipients will receive a $2 coupon for every $5 of food stamps spent on fruits and vegetables. This incentive provides multiple benefits: it will help support the farmers who sell their produce at these markets, and it will allow food stamp recipients to stretch their food stamp dollars to buy more fresh, healthy food. It is programs like these that demonstrate the ability of government to act as a force for good, as a force for guiding us all towards a more just food system.

Here is the NY1 report on the new policy.

In other (not at all surprising) policy news, the big soda companies have begun their campaign to fight the recently-introduced ban on certain sizes of sugary drinks in New York City.

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