Healthy Food, Healthy Lives

Grant Amount

$400,000

Priority Area

Healthy Food, Healthy Lives

Date Awarded

Spring 2024

Region

Statewide

Status

In Progress

In 2024, NYHealth selected a cohort of organizations from across the State for grants totaling nearly $400,000 to advance a more racially equitable and healthier food system.

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. However, stark disparities persist by race and ethnicity, and communities of color experience disproportionately high rates of food insecurity and diet-related disease.

The communities most affected by these disparities often have the best solutions to improving food equity. However, systemic barriers often exist, and historically, organizations led by people of color have not had equal access to or benefited from traditional philanthropy funds and resources.

In 2024, NYHealth issued an inaugural Request for Proposals (RFP), “Healthy Food, Healthy Lives: Supporting a More Equitable Food System,” to advance racial health equity through two strategies of our Healthy Food, Healthy Lives program: (1) promoting Food Is Medicine interventions and (2) supporting healthier, culturally responsive food purchasing. The funding aims to support organizations led by and supporting communities of color to implement projects informed by and responsive to community needs.

Through this RFP, NYHealth is supporting the organizations listed below to test replicable models to improve the accessibility, quality, and equity of food programs that connect New Yorkers with the food they need to thrive.

Grant recipients are: