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LISC launches "Communities for Healthy Food NYC" to help NYC families gain access to healthy and affordable food

New program to be unveiled

NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), along with the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund are proud to announce the unveiling of a new initiative, Communities for Healthy Food NYC, which seeks to improve access to healthy food, increase nutrition education and create food-sector jobs in low-income communities.

LISC and the Illumination Fund will announce Communities for Healthy Food NYC and discuss its impact in four economically challenged neighborhoods: Cypress Hills, Bedford Stuyvesant, Mount Eden and West Harlem—all expected to be hard hit by Congressional cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The new initiative is part of LISC's comprehensive, neighborhood-based efforts to address the underlying challenges low-income communities face.

WHO: LISC is implementing the program through four experienced community-based organizations, with seed funding from the Illumination Fund.  Speaking at the event will be Michael Rubinger, President & CEO and Denise Scott Executive Vice President for Programs for LISC; Laurie M. Tisch from the Illumination Fund; and Jack Doyle, Executive Director for New Settlement Apartments (Mount Eden).

WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

WHERE: New Settlement Community Center, 1501 Jerome Ave., Bronx, NY

About the Local Initiatives Support Corporation
LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help nonprofit community development corporations revitalize distressed neighborhoods. Since 1980, LISC has invested $12.9 billion to build or rehab 298,300 affordable homes and apartments and develop 49 million square feet of retail, community and educational space. For more information, visit www.lisc.org

About the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund (LMTIF) is a New York City-based foundation that strives to improve access and opportunity for all New Yorkers. Founded in 2007 by philanthropist Laurie M. Tisch, the Illumination Fund plays an active role in supporting innovative approaches to education, the arts, healthy food and civic service in order to illuminate strategies that transform our urban landscape. For more information about the Illumination Fund, visit: http://www.lmtilluminationfund.org/ 

Nick Charles
LISC New York City 
[email protected]

Ann Clark
Laurie M Tisch Illumination Fund 
[email protected]


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