Ashley Rafalow, Director of Operations and Communications at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute appeared on CUNY TV’s Independent Sources to discuss the recent expansion of universal free school lunch to all New York City public schools.
By Jan Poppendieck, Senior Faculty Fellow, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
On September 6, Carmen Fariña, the New York City School Chancellor announced that lunch at New York City public schools will be available free of charge to all 1.1 million students beginning this school year.
The New York City Council Committee on Education held a hearing on the preliminary education budget on March 21, 2017. Advocates representing citywide nonprofit organizations, parents, physicians, academics, school governing bodies and other stakeholders delivered testimony in support of expanding free school meals to all New York City public schools. As members of the Lunch for Learning campaign for universal free meals in all New York City Public Schools, it was the youth voices who stood out the most, passionately articulating the urgency of the need to eliminate the tiered payment system currently utilized by a majority of public schools.
Nevin Cohen, Associate Professor
In response to growing attention to inequality, several progressive cities in the United States have adopted policies that seek to modify the differences in employment, education and housing conditions that are upstream drivers of the socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health that characterize our city and nation.[1-5] Can these upstream interventions also contribute to reducing food injustice? And how does their impact compare with that of more overtly food-focused programs such as cooking classes or supermarket incentives?