NYCHSF is a statewide 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community.
NYCHSF – Changing how schools feed kids.
(We do business as New York Coalition for Healthy School Food. Our legal name is New York Coalition for Healthy School Lunches.)
HOW WE DO IT
We do this by:
Amie Hamlin - Executive Director
Joy Pierson - Co-Chairperson
Kate Adamick, JD - Foods Systems Consultant, School Food Advocate
T. Colin Campbell, PhD - Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, author, The China Study
Jayni Chase, Founder, Center for Environmental Education
Ann Cooper - The Renegade Lunch Lady, author, Lunch Lessons
Fran Costigan - Vegan Pastry Chef Instructor, Author, Vegan Chocolate and More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally
Joel Fuhrman, MD - Author, Disease Proof Your Child and Eat to Live
Suzanne Havala-Hobbs, MS, RD, DrPH, advocate for the nutrient-based menu planning system and progressive changes to the National School Lunch Program.
Pat Hysert - Secretary, NYS PTA
Alexandra Jamieson, natural health expert, author, Great American Detox Diet
Jenny Matthau, Food & Wellness Educator
Tracye McQuirter, MPH – author of By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat
Mehmet Oz, MD - Director, Cardiovascular Institute, Columbia University
Henry Rinehart - Henry is the owner of HENRY's, a Modern American Bistro located on Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City.
Christine Wallace - Consultant: Good Food, Fun Food, a School Food Service consulting company, specializing in $ .06 Certification process, menu improvement and Smarter Lunchroom Initiatives; former Food Service Director.
We began in 2004 by writing and getting passed unanimously a New York State Legislative Resolution - Assembly or Senate - which asked schools to offer plant-based entrees as a healthy option, provide nutrition education that includes information on multi-cultural and plant-based eating patterns, promote farm to school programs, and more. In relation to this resolution, we received letters of endorsement from a number of organizations, celebrities, medical professionals, and religious organizations:
American Heart Association
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Benjamin Carson, MD
T. Colin Campbell, PhD
Brenda Davis, RD
Joel Fuhrman, MD
Mark Nelson, MD
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH
Mehmet Oz, MD
Rabbi Israel Rubin
Christian Vegetarian Association
Executive Director Amie Hamlin with NYS First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson (left) and Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand (right, now Senator Gillibrand)
The Candle 79 team: Chefs Michael & Jorge, co-owner Joy Pierson, and coalition friend Stephanie Fields