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Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move May 21, 2020

Adams Wants to Strengthen Nutritional Grab Meals

Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined City Council Member Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) and doctors of color to unveil new legislation that would strengthen nutritional guidelines on meals funded by the City, including grab-and-go meals.  

“Our City cannot be literally feeding our public health crisis by serving foods that have no nutritional value. Numerous residents throughout Brooklyn have raised concerns to me about the quality of the food they are getting through grab-and-go sites, food pantries, and other operations subsidized by the City. The leading co-morbidities associated with COVID-19 are diet-related, like obesity and hypertension. We must change the paradigm in the way we feed residents to prioritize health and wellness, rather than just caloric intake,” said Adams.

The announcement came as New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs have expressed concern about the quality and nutritional standards of the food distributed through the GetFoodNYC initiative, launched in response to the growing number of New Yorkers who have lost jobs or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. B

Adams and Kallos have been vocal in recent weeks about the need to provide healthier meal options to New Yorkers.