Tax Credit for Shopping at Farmers Markets

Tax Credit for Shopping at Farmers Markets

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Raquel Joseph started this petition to Mayor of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and

A food desert is not a common term. It is an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. This affects many people in New York City. Specifically, people who live in low-income neighborhoods, people who make less than $49,000. People who live in these neighborhoods are surrounded by fast food restaurants who sell unhealthy foods for cheap. Because of this, more people will choose to buy fast food. It is important that everyone has access to healthy foods such as the ones sold at farmers markets.

The solution for this would be to create a tax credit. According to "Exploring Consumer Spending at Farmers’ Markets: Who Spends More?", average consumer spending per week at farmers’ markets was $17.30. This means that yearly consumers are spending $3,598.40. On the other hand, According to "Partners for Your Health", the average amount spent yearly on fast food is $1200. The difference between the two is $2,398.40.

A tax credit for people who make less than 49,000. 33% of the amount of money spent at a farmers market will be returned to families. This will help to fulfil the difference between buying fast food and health foods.

I started this petition because...
My name is Raquel Joseph and I am starting this petition to build awareness and hopefully create policy change so that more people will be able to buy food from farmers markets no matter their income. I am a student from High School of Telecommunications in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, who is trying to address the issue of Food Deserts in New York City for my Participation in Government class sponsored by the Wise Foundation (http://www.wise-ny.org/programs).

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