Come help us rally for good foods and good jobs in our city. Tomorrow morning - Wednesday, Sept. 23 - the City Planning Commission will be voting on the proposed zoning incentives for the FRESH program. Help us as we call for the Commission to add stronger standards in the Supermarket Subsidy Program.
See the Press Release below for more information:
COMMUNITY & LABOR RALLY FOR GOOD JOBS
BOROUGH PRESIDENTS & COMMUNITY BOARDS JOIN CALL FOR STRONGER STANDARDS IN SUPERMARKET SUBSIDY PROGRAM
New York, NY- On September 23rd at 9:30am, as the City Planning Commission votes on the FRESH program, community and labor organizations will rally outside the offices of the City Planning Department to say that the FRESH program needs improvements. FRESH, which would subsidize supermarkets, needs clearer standards to ensure that incentives only go to responsible grocers. Over 32 community organizations have spoken out for standards during the public review process so far; as well as Borough Presidents Markowitz (Brooklyn), Marshall (Queens), and Stringer (Manhattan); and a majority of the affected community boards.
FRESH ("Food Retail Expansion to Support Health") will ease zoning restrictions and offer tax incentives to developers and supermarket owners, in the hope that these incentives will encourage supermarkets to open in neighborhoods that need them the most. The City Planning Commission will vote on the proposed zoning incentives on September 23rd. Community and labor organizations will handbill to share their concerns about omissions in the City's plan.
WHAT: Rally for Good Food & Good Jobs
WHO: Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE), We Act for Environmental Justice, New York Jobs with Justice, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1500, New York City Coalition Against Hunger
WHEN: September 23rd at 9:30am
WHERE: Department of City Planning, 22 Reade StreetNew York, NY(Subway Stops: City Hall R,W; Brooklyn Bridge City Hall 4,5,6; Park Place 2,3; Chambers St A,C).