NYC Food Standards

The New York City Food Standards have been in effect since 2008 and were established by Executive Order 122 (PDF). They aim to improve the health of all New Yorkers served by City agencies by decreasing risk of chronic disease related to poor nutritional intake.  While they were developed for New York City agencies, we encourage their use in other environments such as private businesses and hospitals.

The Standards address various settings in which food is purchased and served through evidence-based nutrition criteria including through City agency programming, in vending machines, at meetings and events and in commissaries in correctional facilities. Learn more about our work in hospitals through the Healthy Hospital Food Initiative and in community and faith-based organizations through the NYC Food and Beverage Guidelines. Information on the NYC Food and Beverage Guidelines can be found by scrolling below.

Standards for Meals/Snacks Purchased and Served

These standards apply to approximately 245 million meals and snacks served annually at schools, senior centers, homeless shelters, child care centers, after school programs, correctional facilities, public hospitals, and other New York City agency facilities and programs. They were enacted September 2008 and last revised in October 2014.

Healthy Eating Posters and Fact Sheets

The Health Department developed posters and fact sheets to educate clients about the benefits of healthy eating and make them aware of the changes to the meals and snacks served at City agencies.

Standards for Beverage Vending Machines

These standards apply to all beverage vending machines contracted by City agencies. The Standards for Beverage Vending Machines were enacted May 2009, pursuant to Executive Order 122.

Standards for Food Vending Machines

These standards apply to all food vending machines on City property that and have been in effect since December 2011.

Standards for Meetings and Events

These standards apply to foods and beverages served at meetings and events sponsored by City agencies and have been in effect since March 2013.

Standards for Commissaries

These standards apply to commissaries in City correctional facilities and have been in effect since March 2013.

NYC Food and Beverage Guidelines

In 2015, the New York City Food and Beverage Guidelines were established for community and faith-based organizations that want to offer healthy food and beverages at meetings and events and in vending machines. Adapted from the New York City Food Standards, these voluntary guidelines can help guide and assist mission-driven organizations interested in improving the health of their staff, members, clients, visitors, and communities.

For more information, please contact: nycfoodstandards@health.nyc.gov