Healthy Affordable Food
To prevent childhood hunger and childhood obesity families need convenient access to healthy, affordable food. Far too many families are food insecure, meaning parents and children do not always have enough nutritious food to eat each day. In addition, childhood obesity is an epidemic, causing life-threatening health problems such as diabetes and heart conditions.
CCC’s Food Policy Work
Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York is committed to ending childhood hunger and childhood obesity by ensuring that all children have access to healthy, affordable food options.
CCC advocates to:
Promote child nutrition and fight childhood obesity:
- We promote improvements to the nutritional value of the food children eat in schools, child care centers and after-school programs.
- We support increasing children’s physical activity through improved compliance with physical education mandates by New York City schools, as well as through making physical activities available in after-school programs and City parks and playgrounds.
- We advocate to increase education for children and parents about good nutrition, why healthy food choices are important, and how to combat obesity.
- We support efforts that help New Yorkers make healthy food choices, such as laws eliminating trans-fats, and policies to tax or limit the sizes of sugary beverages.
Increase access to healthy, affordable food:
- We advocate to protect and to expand government programs that provide meals to children and help families purchase food, such as SNAP (food stamps), WIC (Women, Infant and Children), and emergency food programs.
- We work to increase the number of eligible children who participate in free and reduced-price School Meals and Summer Meals programs.
- We champion practices that ensure children eat breakfast, such as programs that make breakfast available to children in their classrooms at the start of the school day.
- We advance initiatives that help to bring affordable fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods that lack healthy retail options (called food deserts) including Green Carts that provide produce through mobile vendors, the FRESH initiative that provides financial backing for supermarket improvement and development, as well as expanding the use of SNAP and WIC at farmers’ markets.
of NYC public school children are obese