Access to food is a fundamental human right. It is our responsibility as a city to ensure that all residents have the ability and opportunity to access nutritious, affordable food through the systems and resources we deliver. While many factors – including national and even international dynamics – affect our local food system, we are committed at the local level to ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of where they live, their income level, age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or immigration status, can take full advantage of food that promotes individual and planetary health.
We live in a time of increasing risk of climate change impacts on food systems near and far that New York and other cities depend on. New York is a recognized leader in taking action in relation to climate, health and sustainability. Our office considers our food system a critical arena for urgent action that connects food with these priorities.
I am thrilled to serve as the Director of The Mayor’s Office of Food Policy as we strive to improve the food systems we all depend on.
-Kate MacKenzie, Director, The Mayor’s Office of Food Policy