New York, Create a More Humane Food System

NY S. 6955/A. 7264—Good Food NY
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Senator Michelle Hinchey, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes

The Good Food NY bill needs your voice! If passed, this important bill would encourage public institutions to use the power of food procurement to improve the lives of millions of farm animals, while also supporting environmental sustainability, racial equity, fair labor practices, local economies and nutrition in the Empire State.

Millions of meals are served each year within New York’s schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and other public institutions. These establishments spend well over $1 billion annually on food, but current state law requires them to purchase food from the “lowest responsible bidder.” This policy forces institutions to source the cheapest option for the food they prepare and serve, making it nearly impossible to purchase animal products that meet higher welfare standards.

The Good Food New York Bill would allow New York institutions to spend up to 10% more to source food from vendors that meet specific values-based criteria, including animal welfare.

What You Can Do

Take action TODAY to support more humane farming practices. Please use our brief form below to send a message to your state legislators, urging them to pass the Good Food NY bill.