NYC Food Policy Center: Shaun Donovan, Mayoral Candidate 2021 Food Policy Interview

In New York City, 1.2 million residents were food insecure prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that number has increased to around 2 million. How would you decrease poverty and end hunger in New York City?

At the start of the pandemic, I started a non-profit, Common Table, to distribute restaurant meals directly to food insecure families in partnership with philanthropy, food relief organizations, neighborhood restaurants and community-based organizations. Programs like this can be adopted by the city to fill the gap in the emergency food system. 

There are several mechanisms that can be used to end hunger in New York City. First, in my ‘15 minute neighborhood’ plan, we will make sure everyone has vital resources within 15 minutes of their front door. That means, a great public school, fresh food, access to rapid transportation, a park, and a chance to get ahead can all be found within 15 minutes.

Hunger comes from poverty and a lack of access to affordable, nutritious food and we have policy plans that work to actively combat poverty. This, in turn, will lift people out of hunger.

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