Barbara Turk

Barbara Turk

Equitable and resilient food systems in metropolitan areas.

Barbara Turk is the Food Policy Director in the New York City Mayor’s Office. She works under the direction of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. The mission of the Director is to ensure that everyone in New York City has enough nutritious food to eat, and that this food comes from a just food system. The Director works in collaboration with 18+ different agencies and offices to advance these goals.

New York’s comprehensive food policy is outlined in “OneNYC: The Plan for a Strong and Just City.” The Plan presents the Mayor’s vision for New York City’s fifth century. It builds on New York City’s global leadership on planning for growth, sustainability and resiliency. The Plan embraces equity as central to that work. This talk will describe the elements of New York’s food policy, with a focus on procurement reform, and a new collaboration between New York City and New York State government counterparts on planning for improvements to regional food delivery systems for locally produced food and food products.