Three New Initiatives To Improve Access To Food Support Programs And Promote Healthy Lifestyle

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn launched three initiatives to improve access to food support programs and promote healthy lifestyles in lower income communities.

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The creation of a public-private partnership that was awarded a $500K grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to encourage healthful eating and more active lifestyles; the implementation of technology that will enable more community-based organizations to enroll families in the Food Stamp program; and the addition of School Meals programs and other food benefits for low-income children and families to ACCESS NYC's online screening tool. Joining the Mayor, Speaker Quinn and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Yvonne Graham at the Green Market at Brooklyn Borough Hall were Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Linda Gibbs; Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar; Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Thomas Frieden; Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications Commissioner, Paul Cosgrave; New York City Food Policy Coordinator, Benjamin Thomases; FoodChange Board Member Fran Barrett; and Executive Director of the Council on the Environment for New York City, Marcel Van Ooyen.

"We're working hard to ensure that all New York City residents have access to healthy food to make sure that healthy eating and physical activity become a part of everyday life for all New Yorkers," said Mayor Bloomberg. "We are also using technology to make it easier for people who are working their way out of poverty to get the benefits they need. We are grateful to the Kellogg Foundation and the USDA for their support."

The measures announced today represent further steps in the Mayor's and Speaker's work to increase access to healthful foods in low-income communities

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