Fight Food Insecurity: Fund coupons to build Healthy LOCAL Small Fresh Food Businesses

Fight Food Insecurity: Fund coupons to build Healthy LOCAL Small Fresh Food Businesses

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Seeds in the Middle started this petition to Mayor of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and

Black and Latino citizens of New York City are dying at two or three times the rate of those more affluent from COVID-19 - mainly due to complications from "underlying conditions." They conditions - diabetes, obesity, heart disease - are directly tied to the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables and GREENS in our neighborhoods. 

NYC Mayor De Blasio, City Council, Gov. Cuomo: We need free nutritious food. But we would rather RECEIVE FOOD DOLLARS AS COUPONS than prepared food bags and boxes.

Please reallocate funds to create more NYC Health Dept. Health Bucks or COUPONS so I can buy more fresh fruits and vegetables and nutritional foods in local businesses and local farm stands so we can support and build our neighborhood businesses. Why do we demand this?

1. We seek to erase our “food deserts” and transform our neighborhoods into healthy places to live, just like in affluent city neighborhoods. We don’t want to die at twice the rate as those who get easy, affordable access to fresh fruits & vegetables. Coupons will boost our local economy and help us eat healthy affordably to avoid preventable diseases like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, COVID-19.

2. We need dignity. We can spend coupons at local businesses like neighborhood farm stands - even in winter in Brownsville, Flatbush and more..   instead of having to wait for hours in bread lines.


3. Free food boxes often do not have nutritious food or culturally appropriate food so food is thrown away.


4. Our communities need to BUILD small business. FREE giveaways undermine and compete with our businesses. We need coupons our neighborhood vendors can accept as cash for fresh, nutritious food. Then, they can survive and grow by cashing in these coupons.

Only people who can stand in line for hours get free food. That denies food to elderly or those with small children, the ill, or those who just get there after all is given out.


Your own reports show that current efforts are failing to overcome food insecurity.

We, the individuals signing below, request fresh coupons to be cashed at local businesses and restaurants, like Seeds in the Middle farm stands in Brownsville and Flatbush and Gowanus and more...  so everyone can sell fresh, cook fresh, eat nutritionally and deliciously and grow.

Healthy eating is a civil right. 

We know from years of funding to big corporations and other entities that food giveaways are not addressing food insecurity NOR are they reducing obesity, diabetes and heart disease in our neighborhoods - where people die younger than those communities with regular access to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's or year-round farmers markets.

Let's try something new! Supporting local business. Building healthy business. 

Please move funds from food boxes to fund more NYC Health Department $2 Health Bucks to be given away to our community-based organizations PLUS expand the "Get the Good Stuff" supermarkets dollar-match program here .

Please also give Seeds in the Middle funding to produce Hip2B Healthy Bucks to be spent at their winter farm stands since they are in our neighborhoods - the most food-insecure and suffering from the highest and most fatal rates from Covid-19.

See information on them here. 

If you'd like to donate to create Hip2B Healthy Bucks for Seeds in the Middle farm stands and help us develop more, please give at bit.ly/fightcovidwithnutrients

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