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Tisch Food Center staff and students are active in local and national food policy coalitions that work towards stronger food systems. We also weigh in on legislative issues aligned with our mission.


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The Tisch Food Center, along with City Harvest, is co-convening the NYC Alliance for CNR (NYC4CNR), a group of diverse stakeholders working together for a strong Child Nutrition Act.  Strong child nutrition policies provide our country’s most vulnerable children with access to healthy foods so that they can thrive and reach their fullest potential. The Alliance is currently establishing goals and consensus statements of priorities for the 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization. It will then seek support for those priorities. The Tisch Food Center specifically contributes research and nutrition education expertise to the Alliance. Join the Alliance.

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The Tisch Food Center is an active participant in local and national policy coalitions, campaigns, and committees, including:

  • Lunch for Learning: a broad, diverse coalition-based campaign spearheaded by Community Food Advocates that is working toward making free and healthy school meals available to all New York City public school students, regardless of income.

  • NANA: the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) advocates policies and programs to promote healthy eating and physical activity, with the aim of reducing the illnesses, disabilities, premature deaths, and costs caused by diet- and inactivity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

The Center strongly supports the inclusion of sustainability issues in the creation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015. The system that produces, distributes, and processes the food that sustains and nourishes us is intricate. It is imperative that our nation’s dietary guidance considers this system. To do so, our considerations must go beyond the nutrient composition of food and the health consequences of our eating patterns. The eating patterns we suggest must also take into account broader issues such as minimizing natural resources used throughout our food system and decreasing unintentional by-products that potentially harm soil, water and air. Then we can be assured that our guidelines promote both health and sustainability.

In a comment to the USDA, we recommend the following five considerations for ensuring that the Dietary Guidelines support personal and ecological health. The complete comments, with explanations, evidence, and action steps, can be found below:

1. Eat mostly plant foods and reduce consumption of animal foods

2. Eat foods close to their natural state

3. Eat more organically produced foods

4. Eat more local foods

5. Limit waste from food