TCAH Urban Healthy Food Coalition
Why the Urban Healthy Food Coalition (UHFC)?
New Yorkers, particularly vulnerable New Yorkers, do not live single-issue lives and, as such, need strategic multifaceted solutions. This holds true in the fight to address poverty, food insecurity, and local food systems issues in low-income, and communities of color throughout the city. Before the devastation and hardship experienced by the global Covid19 pandemic, vulnerable New Yorkers were struggling to make ends meet and increasingly turning to already overburdened emergency food programs as a means of survival.
Study after study shows the rising cost of living in New York City, rampant racial and economic inequity, growing employment, access and distribution issues within the emergency feeding program, and significantly increased use of food pantries and soup kitchens. The current political and economic climate has created a volatile environment for food-insecure families. Close to 1 million New Yorkers experience severe food hardship, with 2.3 million experiencing moderate food hardship.
“The Covid crisis has only shed light on the longstanding problem of hunger within vulnerable communities. Communities have long been neglected, and it’s time we take action.”
– Dr. Melony Samuels, TCAH CEO & Founder
What is the Urban Healthy Food Coalition (UHFC)?