In many neighborhoods across the city, parents have organized to improve the meals served in their schools’ cafeterias. Often, parents form a PA/PTA committee, decide on their priorities, and then work with their school's SchoolFood Service Manager. District 1's Presidents' Council outlined steps that PA/PTAs in that district took to change lunch menus at their schools. In some cases, those outside the school -- advocacy groups and elected officials -- are involved. Parents at P.S. 217 in Brooklyn wanted to create meals that were not only healthier but also took into account the diverse cultures represented at their school. Making this change required a succession of steps, including organizing parents, gathering support from elected officials and neighborhood-based groups, and researching their options. Both stories are outlined below.
Organizing to Create a New School Lunch Menu - P.S. 217K
P.S. 217 is among the most diverse elementary schools in the city. Located in District 22 in Brooklyn, it is a Title I school whose families speak numerous languages, includin...
Community Food Advocates
Community Food Advocates' (CFA) focus includes NYC's School Breakfast and Lunch Programs in public schools, and seeks innovative ways to increase participation in these programs through community and youth organizing and creative coalition building. It runs a few programs, such as a youth leadership group called Youth Food Advocates, and Lunch for Learning Program, which is dedicated to bringing Universal Free School Lunch (USL) to all NYC public schools.
How To Help Improve Your School’s Food - District 1 Presidents' Council
One of our key concerns as parents is our children’s overall nutrition and school meals, and how we can help to change them for the better. The District 1 Presidents' Council ...
DOE's Free Meals for All
All NYC public school students can enjoy free breakfast and lunch at school. You do not need to apply for your child to receive those meals. The DOE's website contains information on menus, food programs, partnerships and more.