United Way to Form NYC Food Policy Council with $2 Million USDA Grant
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $2 million grant to the United Way of New York City to implement a two-year plan to reduce hunger and improve nutrition throughout the city.
The United Way will partner with the New York City Hunger-Free Communities Consortium, an anti-hunger corps that includes City Harvest, Food Bank for New York City, the New York City Coalition against Hunger, and other nonprofit organizations.
As part of its two-year assault on hunger, the United Way will form a New York City Food Policy Council. It will work to increase participation in government and private nutrition assistance and anti-poverty programs, promote participation in school breakfast, and improve the referral network to free food resources, according to the New York State Department of Markets and Agriculture.
“This grant will help New York continue to be at the forefront of creating and implementing programs and services that work to reduce the number of food-insecure households,” said Gordon Campbell, president and CEO of the United Way in New York City, in a press release.
The United Way received the lion’s share of the $2.3 million allotted New York State under a $4.98 million federal grant program — called Hunger-Free Communities Grants — to increase food access and improve nutrition in low-income households. The other grant recipients in New York State were Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County ($96,175), Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County ($100,000), and the Poughkeepsie Farm Project ($99,311).
The USDA awarded grants to 14 communities in eight states.