A community food assessment (CFA) gathers and disseminates information about a specific food system. We adopt an assets approach, describing some key community food resources and focusing on both existing strengths and potentials for the food system of Central New York.
Syracuse is often defined as a rustbelt city in decline, and a great deal of attention is paid to deficits such as inequality in food access and public health disparities. This is not the Syracuse we know. Our Syracuse is a resilient city full of assets, comprised of people, projects, organizations, and businesses working to make Syracuse productive and resourceful. This site introduces some of these key assets, looking at the food production in CNY, specific access points for consumers, the strength of institutional purchasing power, and the unique refugee foodways that characterize our community.