PlaNYC is a response to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2006 challenge to achieve 10 goals to ensure NYC has a sustainable future. The challenge was primarily focused on land, air, water, energy and transportation and plans have been developed to meet the goals in those areas. Now, the Mayor's office is now considering adding food to PlaNYC.
Food disparity, access to fresh and affordable produce, is one issue that plagues under-resourced neighborhoods around NYC. Over 750,000 people live in what are considered food desserts throughout the city. Because of this, NY Faith & Justice is one of many organizations working to get food added to the Mayor's PlaNYC.
You now have an opportunity to let your voice be heard by the Mayor's office regarding PlaNYC. There are meetings scheduled throughout the city between now and the beginning of November. Check out a meeting that best fits your schedule and share your story of how food access affects you and your community and the health problems this lack of access causes you, your family and/or your community!
If you would like more information on PlaNYC, you can check out their website by clicking here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc2030/html/challenge/challenge.shtml
Community Conversations on PlaNYC have been scheduled in North Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx, Western Queens, and Lower Manhattan. Additional events will be held in Eastern Queens, Upper Manhattan and South Brooklyn this fall.
TO RSVP please email: CountMeIn@cityhall.nyc.gov (and note which meeting please!)
North and Central Brooklyn
October 7th, 6-8pm
Billie Holiday Theater at Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton Avenue, Between Brooklyn and New York Avenues
Co-sponsored by Coalition for the Improvement of Bed-Sty
Transit: A/C train to Nostrand, B25 Bus along Fulton and B44 along Nostrand
October 13, 7-9 pm
77 Marsh Avenue, Staten Island
Located behind the Staten Island Mall on Marsh Avenue
Co-sponsored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
October 19, 6-8 pm
Theater 2, Enter through Main Lobby
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)
199 Chambers, NY, NY 10007
October 26, 6-8 pm
Lincoln Hospital, Bronx
First Floor Conference area, Main Entrance
234 East 149th Street, Between Morris and Park
Co-sponsored by Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice
November 3, 6-8 pm
Frank Sinatra School for the Arts
Tony Bennett Concert Hall
35-12 35th Avenue, Astoria 11106
Additional events to come.
For additional information on the update process or to send us your ideas, questions, or comments, please email CountMeIn@cityhall.nyc.gov