Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

June 02, 2009

NYS Council on Food Policy to Meet June 12 in Harlem

Group to Discuss Implementing Recommended State Food Policies

The Governorís New York State Council on Food Policy will hold its annual summer meeting on Friday, June 12, 2009 at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th Street in Harlem, New York.

At the meeting the Council will discuss its progress, collaborative efforts and future plans for implementing the ďRecommended State Food PoliciesĒ that was delivered to the Governor in December 2008. A copy of the Councilís recommendations can be found at

The Council has invited a host of guest speakers to share their knowledge about critical nutrition and food access issues with the members, including representatives from the New York City Economic Development office and the New York Supermarket Commission, as well as a joint presentation from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Health and the Mayorís New York City Food Policy Coordinator.

The June 12th meeting, which will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m is open to the public for observation. Those wishing to observe must RSVP no later than June 10, 2009 by calling the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-485-7728 or emailing

Preceding the Councilís summer meeting, members will visit the Food Bank for New York City and Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market. During lunch, the group will hear from the New York City Council on the Environment regarding its Greenmarket and Youth Market Programs.

The New York State Council on Food Policy is tasked to establish new food policies for the State that will help ensure the availability of safe, fresh, nutritious and affordable food for all New Yorkers, and expanding agricultural food production. The Councilís recommended State food policies focus on four key issues areas: maximizing participation in food and nutrition assistance programs; strengthening the connection between local food products and consumers; supporting efficient and profitable agricultural food production and food retail infrastructure; and increasing consumer awareness and knowledge about healthy eating; and improving consumer access to safe and nutritious foods.

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