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Requires the New York City Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability to produce an annual report regarding the production, processing, distribution and consumption of food in and for the city. These reports were required to include data on school food expenditures, agricultural watershed funding, economic benefits provided to food manufacturers, nutrition spending, licensed/registered community garden locations, meal service and distribution under various locations, hospital salad bars, SNAP participation by senior citizens, school vending machines, vending machines and concessions on city property, green carts, and to incorporate the food security report required by the city charter among other things.
Tracks number of eals served in public schools, hospitals, senior centers, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters (Sec. 3-120-10), persons 65 years or older receiving supplemental nutrition assistance (SNAP) benefits (Sec. 3-120(13)).
Fresh whole produce (Sec. 3-120-2), healthy bodega initiative administered by department of health and mental hygiene (Sec. 3-120-8)
Locally grown (Sec. 3-120-2), community garden (Sec. 3-120-3)
Law requires tracking of: the number of food manufacturers receiving monetary benefits from the economic development corporation or industrial development agency (Sec. 3-120 (a)(4)); the number, community board, and number of employees, of grocery stores receiving financial benefits under the food retail expansion to support health program (Sec. 3-120(a)(7)); the number of job training programs administered by the department of small businesses services or the workforce investment board to aid individuals seeking work in food manufacturing, food supply, food service or related industries (Sec. 3-120(a)(9)).
Directs what the food metrics report must address, when it is due, and also that it be made available to the public at no charge via website. (Sec. 3-120 (a)(20) and (b)).
Title 3 (Elected Officials), Chapter 1 (Mayor), Subchapter 2 (Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability), Sec. 3-120 (Annual city food system metrics report). History: Created by Local Law 52 of 2011--available here: http://growingfoodconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/1970/01/68-NYC-FoodMetrics-LocalLaw52-2011.pdf.