The New York City Council is voting on the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health in the coming month. FRESH is a good effort to respond to the needs of many neighborhoods underserved by grocery stores, but FRESH still needs jobs standards!
Because of our united efforts, F.R.E.S.H. has already been improved. The program now includes two of our key recommendations.
· F.R.E.S.H. now includes provisions for community involvement in the program.
· F.R.E.S.H. participants must apply for the EBT and WIC programs.
Unfortunately, FRESH may go foul—unless it includes jobs standards. YOU can make a difference in 5 minutes. Write a letter or make a phone call!
1)Write a letter to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
2)Call Speaker Christine Quinn
Thanks for your help! The united voices of community groups, labor organizations, hunger advocates, and people of faith are helping to shape the F.R.E.S.H. program to guarantee that it will empower communities. Don’t let F.R.E.S.H. turn foul!
The Good Food, Good Jobs coalition is made up of NY Faith & Justice, NY Jobs with Justice, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1500, NYC Coalition against Hunger, Families United For Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE), and WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Thirty-two organizations have endorsed the call for jobs standards, as well as 3 borough presidents and a majority of the community boards that will be affected by F.R.E.S.H.