Food Access

New York City employs multiple strategies aimed at addressing disparities in access to nutritious food and improving the overall food environment, including improving healthy food choices in retail stores, increasing the purchasing power of New Yorkers for healthy food, and providing education and resources for preparing balanced meals at home. 

Green Carts

Green Carts are mobile food carts that offer fresh produce in New York City neighborhoods with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The program was launched in 2008 with help from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.  Since then, nearly 500 vendors have opened Green Carts in City neighborhoods, helping many New Yorkers buy fresh fruits and vegetables closer to home. Currently, more than 90 of these Green Carts have EBT machines to accept SNAP benefits
Download the map to see neighborhoods which have Green Carts (PDF)
Learn more about Green Carts

Shop Healthy

Shop Healthy NYC works with communities – including residents, food retailers, and food suppliers and distributors – to increase access to healthy foods. Shop Healthy NYC's main focus is on those neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and limited access to nutritious foods.
Since January 2005, Shop Healthy NYC has worked with more than 1,000 shops in East and Central Harlem, the South Bronx, and Central Brooklyn to promote healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, low-fat milk and dairy products, and low-salt and no-sugar-added canned goods.
Learn more about Shop Healthy

Farmers Markets and Health Bucks

Health Bucks, worth two dollars ($2) each, are developed and distributed by the NYC Health Department and can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at all farmers' markets in NYC. The 2016 Health Bucks season will begin on July 1, 2016.
Learn more about Health Bucks

Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH)

A study (PDF) conducted by the New York City Departments of Health and City Planning and the New York City Economic Development Corporation showed that many neighborhoods across the city are underserved by grocery stores. In response, the City has established the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program. FRESH provides zoning and financial incentives to promote the establishment and retention of neighborhood grocery stores in underserved communities throughout the five boroughs.
Learn more about FRESH

Nutrition Education

Whether at our farmers markets, through our Citywide school gardens initiative Grow to Learn, public health campaigns, or programs for children, New York City is committed to helping inform New Yorkers about how to make positive choices for their diet and health.
Learn more about Nutrition Education Programs