The successful advocacy campaign to bring universal school lunch to all 1.1 million New York City public school children was a powerful first step in helping kids have access to the food they need to be healthy and learn well. But effective policy change requires strong implementation. Although the universal school lunch victory was momentous, the work has just begun to ensure that there is maximum participation by children in this pro-health measure.

On November 29, 2018, NYHealth hosted a conversation with school food champions to learn more about public and private efforts to improve the quality and environment of New York City school food. Panelists were:

  • Liz Accles, Executive Director, Community Food Advocates
  • Stephen O’Brien, Director of Strategic Partnerships, NYC Department of Education, Office of Food and Nutrition Services
  • Barbara Turk, Director of Food Policy for New York City, in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
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