The State of School Food Reform: New York City Edition

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Nick Freudenberg, Amy Kwan, and Kristen Mancinelli of the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College have produced a report on the state of school food in New York City: "Recipes for Health: Improving School Food in New York City" (PDF).

The report is about the "vibrant and fast-growing school food movement in NYC." It:

    • Describes the various programs and activities that are transforming the food environment in city schools.

    • Explains how the school food system works in New York City.

    • Highlights recent improvements made by the Department of Education and other agencies to address food quality and nutrition concerns.

    • Describes the continuing challenges the city faces in providing ideal school meals.

    • Explains how to take action to support systemic improvements to the school food environment.

If this can be done in New York City, it can be done anywhere. Get to work!


This post also appears on foodpolitics.com.

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Marion Nestle is a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of Food Politics, Safe Food, What to Eat, and Pet Food Politics. More

Nestle also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised edition, 2007), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her most recent book is Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat. She writes the Food Matters column for The San Francisco Chronicle and blogs almost daily at Food Politics.

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