HFRAN-affiliated organizations within New York City that conduct research and advocate for food and nutrition policy.
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Contact: Jenny Osman
The FRESH program is an interagency effort catalyzed by the “Going to Market Study” which shows that many low-income areas across the city were underserved by full-line neighborhood grocery stores. The resulting lack of nutritious, affordable, and fresh food in these neighborhoods has been linked to higher rates of diet-related diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Twenty-four FRESH projects have been approved since launching; seven of which have been approved for zoning benefits and eighteen for financial benefits. Thirteen stores have completed their construction and are open to the public. These supermarkets are expected to provide approximately 660,000 square feet of new or renovated space, are estimated to retain more than 600 jobs and create over 1,600 new jobs, and represent an investment of approximately $100 million across the City.