A healthy diet can help you lead a healthier life. Access to healthy food varies for different populations, which is unfair and can contribute to health inequity.
The Health Department works to address disparities in access and make healthy food available to all. We offer a variety of programs to help you and your family find nutritious and delicious food for every meal.
- At Work and in City Facilities: City facilities are required to follow the NYC Food Standards criteria for all foods and beverages they serve. The Health Department also encourages non-government employers to adopt the Standards and educate their workers and community about good nutrition.
- Child Care Centers: The City offers a variety of resources, curricula and programs for child care centers that encourage children to eat healthier and be more physically active.
- Farmers Markets: Find affordable local produce and cooking demonstrations at dozens of markets throughout the city. Health Bucks are farmers market coupons available to recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and through community organizations.
- Half Off Farm Box: New Yorkers who participate in SNAP can get a box of locally and regionally grown farm fresh fruits and vegetables for half off the full box price at participating sites.
- Shop Healthy NYC: We work to increase access to healthy food in neighborhoods with high rates of obesity.
- Free Fruits, Vegetables and Beans at Supermarkets with SNAP/EBT: New Yorkers who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/EBT) can get free fruits, vegetables and beans at certain NYC supermarkets.
- Green Carts: Learn more about these mobile food carts that offer fresh produce, including how to become a vendor.
- Emergency Food: The Health Department helps food pantries and soup kitchens provide nutritious foods and educational resources.
Business and Research
- National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI): This initiative sets voluntary reduction targets for sugar and salt that food and beverage companies should meet.
- Good Choice for Food Service Providers: This program helps food service providers find and buy healthier options for consumers.
- MenuStat: Find nutrition information for thousands of foods served by the nation’s largest chain restaurants. This free database is a valuable resource for researchers and others interested in the nutritional content of restaurant foods and beverages.