Learn More about How Food Policy is Changing and NYJL Advocacy Efforts for Healthy Food Options for New York City’s Children

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There is a growing urgency to improve the food programs in our schools.  New York City schools feed close to 1 million children on a daily basis. Kids consume half of their calories at school, and nearly 50 percent of elementary school children are overweight or obese.  How can we create healthier food programs in New York City schools and reduce the number of overweight and obese children?

Last fall, the Advocates for Public Policy committee (APP) surveyed NYJL volunteers to determine what local policy issue APP should focus on.  22.5% responded that “securing healthier food and beverage options for children in New York City schools” was most important.

In follow up, APP invites you to come learn about what’s been done to improve healthy food options and how the NYJL has been involved.  APP will host a VTL on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at P.S. 6.  The event will feature the following speakers and topics:

Moderated by: Diane Hatz of Change Food

Featuring:

  • Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine – will discuss childhood obesity;
  • Urvashi Rangan of Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports – will discuss natural food labeling; and
  • Stacie Orell, Campaign Director GMOFreeNY – will discuss GMO Labeling.

In addition, APP volunteers will provide an update on how they have been working through the New York State Public Affairs Committees of the Junior Leagues (NYSPAC) to advocate in support of the Healthy Schools Act as part of APPs and NYSPACs long-standing commitment to improving children’s nutritional wellbeing.

APP invites all NYJL volunteers to learn more about how to participate in our advocacy efforts at the state and local level by contacting advocates@nyjl.org.

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

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