Healthy Food, Healthy Lives


May 2021

Priority Area

Healthy Food, Healthy Lives



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. The link between food and health is clear. Nutritious food can act as medicine, helping to prevent and manage disease. But too much food, too little food, food that is not nutritious, or food that is not culturally appropriate can have serious health consequences.

NYHealth’s Healthy Food, Healthy Lives priority area, launched in 2021, seeks to advance policies and programs that connect New Yorkers with the food they need to thrive through two strategies:

  • Enabling policies that promote healthy and affordable food; and
  • Testing and scaling programs that connect people to healthy and affordable food.

NYHealth’s “Advancing Healthy Food, Healthy Lives” Request for Proposals (RFP) aims to support a more robust, diverse food system that promotes health and equity throughout New York State.

The detailed “Advancing Healthy Food, Healthy Lives” RFP is available here.

How to Apply

Step 1: All applicants are required to complete an online inquiry form. The deadline for the online inquiry form is June 9, 2021, at 1 p.m.

Complete and submit an online inquiry form here. For detailed guidelines, please review the online inquiry form instructions.

Step 2: After reviewing all inquiry forms, NYHealth staff members will select applicants to submit a full proposal. Selected applicants will be e-mailed specific submission instructions. The deadline for the full proposal is August 25, 2021, at 1 p.m.

For additional information on this funding opportunity and the application process, please consult Frequently Asked Questions.

Interested organizations are encouraged to contact Foundation staff early in the process to discuss any project ideas. Questions should be addressed to

Technical questions regarding the online application system should be e-mailed to