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Expanding Food Benefits for Immigrants

The United States has many social benefit programs that help people avoid hunger.  Not everyone, however, has access to these food safety net programs and many are unaware of their eligibility or face obstacles in enrolling.

Expanding Food Benefits for Immigrants by Anabel Perez-Jimenez and Nicholas Freudenberg, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute explored the eligibility of various categories of New York City’s immigrant populations, from those who have become citizens to permanent residents to those who lack legal immigration status, for the nation’s main food benefit programs.

The goal is to widen a public conversation among immigrants and their organizations, food security groups, food justice advocates and policy makers about identifying policies and practices that will make New York City a national model for immigrant access to food benefits.

Milk Cows Not Workers!

New York’s dairy production and processing industry generates $14 billion a year and is the star sector of the state’s agricultural economy.

Unfortunately, the immigrant workers who provide milking labor on which the industry heavily depends are themselves being “milked.”

The study, Milked: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State, is based upon a face-to-face survey with 88 workers across 53 different farms located in the Central, Northern, and Western regions of New York State.

Nine out of ten workers surveyed believe that their employers care more about the cows than about workers’ well-being.

Construction Jobs Lack Basic Provisions in $175 Billion Industry

As cities in the south continue to boom, workers earn poverty level wages and face dangerous working conditions.

Build a Better South report highlights issues plaguing the construction industry in the South, including wage theft, low wages and safety concerns.

The study was a collaboration of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Workers Defense Project and Partnership for Working Families

Behind the Kitchen Door: Extreme Inequality and Opportunity in Houston’s Vibrant Restaurant Economy

Restaurant Opportunities Center of Houston’s latest report is the most comprehensive examination to date of the Houston-area restaurant industry.

Behind the Kitchen Door offers a vivid picture of the state of the industry and makes recommendations to improve Houston’s economic development, public health and workplace conditions for the city’s restaurant workers.

Houston is America’s fastest-growing city and its vibrant restaurant industry has been called the “most dynamic and diverse food and drink scene in the nation.” However, research indicates that the restaurant workers whose labor makes Houston’s growth possible are being left behind. The majority of restaurant jobs in Houston remain low-road jobs defined by low wages, few benefits, and poor working conditions.