Project Authors: By: Julia Sochacki, Jiada Valenza, Areebah Qutub, Brianna Clarke
Our project seeks to look at the way wealth and demographic disparities between neighborhoods impact food security. We specifically chose to research the Upper East Side and East Harlem, located only 2 miles apart, but vastly different in terms of racial and ethnic population identities and average income. Our study highlights how segregation continues to exist and exacerbate socio-economic issues, impacting the health of already disadvantaged communities. Given the data from our study, which shows a clear connection between segregation and food access, we hope that further studies can be conducted to explore the ramifications of food security beyond physical well-being.
December 21, 2022 — 10:47 am
The statistics that your group provided were insightful and humbling. After all, I was not aware that areas like East Harlem would have such a large gap between the number of grocery stores and delis available. I agree with the analysis of the data that your group provided, as there seems to be a correlation between food insecurity and the segregation between high and low-income neighborhoods. I am also wondering about the lasting impacts of unfair housing policies like redlining and the ongoing segregation between these neighborhoods.
December 21, 2022 — 11:07 am
Wow! This is such an important study for us. As CUNY students who are especially vulnerable to food insecurity. College students are the largest growing group of food insecure people in the United States and food and housing insecurity is the lead cause of poor mental health in CUNY students. The food deserts that you highlighted are a big issue and it is very important for the city to invest in these areas to make sure that everyone has access to healthy food. I would also be interested to see what food insecurity looks like across the boroughs.
December 21, 2022 — 1:01 pm
The future directions that you provide are the questions we should continue to ask ourselves to help pinpoint the implications of these disparities. You have provided clear and insightful information to help us acknowledge the segregation disparities found between East Harlem and the Upper East Side. It would be interesting to see if there are any other neighborhoods that are similarly segregated, and what the food insecurity is there. Furthermore, this poster has allowed me to initiate a conversation of what can be done to stop segregation throughout different boroughs in New York City, and relate it the segregation that is happening in the New York City public school system.