Feeding the East End

A Long Term Plan for Local Food Resiliency

This past year taught us all a harsh lesson about the fragility of the nation’s food system, and the resiliency we must build locally to handle a crisis like COVID-19. 

East End Food Institute and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute have worked together since 2019 to develop an overview of the East End food system from many perspectives. We have found that many stakeholders have shared goals, but often competing priorities. 

Over 100 people from more than 50 organization registered to attend our virtual event on March 23, 2021 to learn more about research findings and engage in productive conversations across sectors. Together we can take the first steps toward creating a sustainable and equitable food plan for the East End.

To build on the momentum of the event, we are writing to summarize the discussion and propose some next steps. Our goal is to design with all of you a long term food plan for eastern Long Island that reflects the needs of all East Enders. We need and welcome ideas and support from all stakeholders.

If you have questions or suggestions for the East End food system planning and assessment
process, please contact Kate Fullam (kate@eastendfood.org) or Nicholas
Freudenberg (Nick.Freudenberg@sph.cuny.edu).


Please register to join us at one or more of these follow up discussions to explore how we can create a more specific food plan for the East End. 

Agriculture & Environment: Maximizing Production & Consumption of East End Food
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 3:00pm

Seasonal Economy & Food Workforce: Balancing the Needs of Local Businesses & Employees
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 3:00pm

Diversity, Equity & Health: Addressing Food Insecurity & Diet-Related Diseases
Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 3:00pm

The Future of East End Food: Long Term Planning for the East End Food System
Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 3:00pm



East End Food Institute advocates for sustainable food policy at the national, regional and local levels with the aim of creating a more sustainable and equitable food system. We work hard to keep up-to-date and inform our members about relevant farm and food policy that affects East End farms and food businesses. 

We often team up with other organizations with complementary missions to conduct research and develop long-term plans for our regional food system. Some of our partners include: Long Island Farm Bureau, Cornell University and Cooperative Extension, Peconic Land Trust, Suffolk County Soil & Water District, Suffolk County Economic Development, Farm Credit East, National Young Farmer's Coalition, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, and others.