A new activist group has teamed up with local politicians and other education leaders to push the city for healthier school food.
The NYC Healthy School Food Alliance, founded in 2018 by Brooklyn mom Andrea Strong, sent a letter to Education Department officials on Monday that called for all city schools to eliminate sweetened milk and install salad bars.
The letter written by Strong, which is also signed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, prompted school officials to ask her to attend a school food planning meeting in February.
But Strong, a food writer by trade, has already been meeting with officials this school year to agitate for change.
“I believe that our city should and can do better,” said Strong, whose two children attend public school in Brooklyn.
“Because schools are where so many of our city’s students get their daily meals, it is vital that we provide the best nutrition possible to support their growth and learning,” she added.
The city’s school food has been widely criticized for failing to provide enough nutrients to students.
Lawmakers, educators and activists have pushed for better handling of the matter after problems with moldy pizza caused the city to yank the item from school menus twice in 2016.
And Adams, a longtime advocate for better school food, is backing a City Council resolution to remove processed meat from school cafeterias.
“There is a problem with school food and now government needs to respond to the organizing of those impacted,” Adams said. “Too many of our babies have chronic diseases because of the foods they are fed at school.”