Transforming the Food We Buy and Serve as a City

Institutional food purchasing is an enormous lever for change and a critical tool for equity. Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the asylum seeker crisis have underscored the importance of being able to quickly deploy local solutions that are responsive to the specific needs of each community

The Food Retail Expansion Program to Support Health (FRESH) provides zoning and financial incentives for the establishment and retention of grocery stores in underserved communities.

Procurement Calendar

Upcoming Opportunities

Future Opportunities

  • Department for the Aging (NYC Aging): Home-Delivered Meals service contracted through December 2023 with two optional 3-year extensions
  • Department of Correction (DOC): Competitive sealed bid for food products to be released in June 2024
  • Department for Social Services/Human Resources Administration (DSS/HRA): Community Food Connection (CFC) service contract through June 2025 with option to renew for up to 3 years
  • Department of Education (NYC Public Schools): Dairy distribution contract through June 2025, food distribution contract through July 2025, bakery distribution contract through December 2025, misc. product contracts ending November 2023-June 2027
  • Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD): Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) service contract through June 2026 with option to renew for 3 years
  • Department of Homeless Servies (DHS): 9 DHS-run shelters' meal service contract through July 2026
  • Health and Hospitals (H+H): Hospitals' meal service contract through June 2029