THE PUBLIC PLATE — New York State could improve the diets of 6.6 million people and generate more than $200 million in new economic activity if government leaders and institutional food buyers spent at least 25 percent of their food budgets on fresh and minimally processed food grown in the state, according to a report from the New York Academy of Medicine.
... Currently, the state spends about 10 percent of its budget purchasing local food for New Yorkers in schools, prisons, public hospitals and those who need emergency food assistance. The state spends about $1 billion feeding these populations, about $100 million of which is spent on locally grown food. Bring that number closer to $250 million and New Yorkers who rely on the state for food could receive a more nutritious, better balanced diet, according to the report. Read it here.