The quality of food offered by New York City agencies got a much-needed boost on Thursday.
Big Apple mayor Eric Adams signed two executive orders seeking to improve the quality of food offered by city agencies and the city’s messaging around healthy eating.
The new order mandates the city Health Department and the newly-created Mayor’s Office of Food Policy with revisiting the food standards of city agencies and mandate that all promotional materials on food put out by the city feature healthy selections like fresh fruit and vegetables.
Among the agencies that will be affected by the orders is the Department of Social Services, which helps oversee the distribution of food to the city’s needy, the Education Department, which provides school lunches, and the Correction Department, which is responsible for feeding the city’s jail population.
“We were focused on caloric consumption and not nutritional consumption,” Adams said.
“So if we have to pay a little more to make sure that these perishable items are available, that’s a better investment. We have been paying less on the front end and paying more on the back end,” Adams added.