Community Announcements

Report: Expanding Nutrition Education Programs in New York City Elementary Schools - Understanding Practice to Inform Policy

A new report released by the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College Columbia University, explores the landscape of nutrition education programs (NEPs) in schools in three New York City boroughs. The report, "Expanding Nutrition Education Programs in New York City Elementary Schools: Understanding Practice to Inform Policy" describes the kinds of NEPs available, their distribution, and if they are reaching the schools that need them the most. The report also details what is going well, and makes recommendations about how accessibility to NEPs can be improved. A resource guide at the end of the report details many of the NEPs available to schools in New York City.
Some report highlights include:
  • The nutrition education programs described in this report cover a wide variety of academic and food and nutrition-related subjects, and utilize multiple activities and strategies for learning.
  • Schools using NEPs are expanding their capacity to provide food and nutrition education, with some schools even having multiple NEPs for different grades. 
  • Despite these successes, there is a clear need for more schools to have have access to NEPs. In the three boroughs studied, only 39% of elementary schools had an NEP.
  • And while NEPs are reaching some of the highest need schools, these schools are still getting proportionately less programs than their lower need peers.
  • We recommend that federal, state, and local government should direct more funds and support to NEPs, with a goal of 80% of NYC schools with NEPs by 2020.
For information about this report, please contact Claire Uno, Assistant Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College Columbia University, at or 212-678-3693

Job Opportunity: Nutrition Education Assistant, United Way of NYC

Position Title: Nutrition Education Assistant      

Department:  Community Investment – Hunger Prevention & Nutrition Assistance Program


United Way of New York City fights poverty across the five boroughs. We have been working for low-income New Yorkers over the past 75 years.  United Way connects people and community-based organizations, resources and ideas to create a thriving community characterized by income stability, educational success, and healthy people. For more information please visit



This year, in partnership with Just Food, UWNYC will supply 49 food pantries in NYC with fresh vegetables from local farms through Local Produce Link, a farm to food pantry program. This intern will be a key member of the Local Produce Link team and contribute to the nutrition education programming.  This internship may be applied towards field work hours, or a public health internship, or to gain practical experience in community nutrition and public health.  Compensation provided.


Hot off the Presses: Fresh Food Retail Summit Summary Report!

The first annual New York City Fresh Food Retail Summit, hosted by the NYC Food Policy Center at the CUNY School of Public Health in November of 2013, welcomed more than 100 individuals from organizations operating citywide to attend a full-day event. The day was comprised of insightful presentations, a panel discussion, a poster session, and afternoon break-out discussions. The Summit was a first step in strengthening collaboration and aligning efforts in healthy food retail across NYC.


Click here for the just released report summarizing the event. As a next step, participants are forming a Healthy Food Retail Steering Committee that will quarterly bring together organizations working on the ground with brick and mortar retail operations to increase access to healthy foods. Steering Committee priorities and goals will be set during the first meeting on Friday, April 11th.  


Please contact Jessica Goodell at for additional information.


Fellowship Opportunity: Organic farming, leadership & sustainability, Hazon

Applications for the Adamah 2014 Fellowship are now available.
Farm, Sing, Learn, Love!

Now in its tenth successful year, the Adamah Fellowship is a three-month
leadership training program for Jewish young adults in their twenties and
early thirties that integrates organic farming, sustainable living, Jewish
learning, community building, and contemplative spiritual practice.

Job Opportunity: NY Foodhub Operations Manager, Good Eggs


About Good Eggs:

Good Eggs connects you to local farmers and foodmakers. You shop for exactly what you want, and we deliver it all to your door.


Survey: food organization landscape in NYC

The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University and Just Food are working on a project to better understand and clarify the landscape of food system work in New York City. We hope to learn who is doing food-related work in NYC, what kind of work it is, and where it is happening. We invite people working to create a healthy, just, sustainable food system in NYC to take this brief (5-10 minute) survey. We will share the information collected with the broader community through an interactive online resource. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration! And please feel free to share this survey widely. The deadline to take the survey is 3/31/14.
Take the survey here: 
Any questions or requests for more information about this project can be directed to Claire Uno, Assistant Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at

Job Opportunity: Sous Chef, Lantern Organization

Lantern Organization, a not-for-profit housing developer and service provider established in 1997 to strengthen New York City communities, provides affordable housing and opportunities for personal enrichment and growth.

Food Book Fair 2014 Schedule Announced; Tickets on Sale


Food Book Fair 2014 Full Schedule of Events Announced, Tickets on Sale

Brooklyn, NY – March 21, 2014 — The full schedule of events for this year's Food Book Fair, April 25-27 at the Wythe Hotel, has been announced, and tickets will go on sale at noon at

Volunteer Opportunity: Cooking Matters at the Store for WIC Parents

Cooking Matters at the Store for WIC Parents (, a Public Health Solutions program funded by Share Our Strength, teaches WIC recipients and their families how to shop for and prepare healthy food on a budget with the help of dedicated volunteers who lead neighborhood grocery store tours. The program is designed to give each participant hands-on knowledge, from reading food labels to comparing unit prices, that will help them make the healthiest possible choices for themselves and their families. Cooking Matters has served more than 2,000 families, but to meet our goal of 10,000 families served, we are looking for additional volunteers ( and support to help each family buy healthy groceries at the end of the shopping tour ( Let’s help 10,000 families live healthier lives!


Volunteer Opportunity: Greenmarket Youth Education - Volunteer Tour Guide

Greenmarket Youth Education – Volunteer Tour Guide Description
Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC
51 Chambers Street Suite 1231, New York, NY 10007
Phone – 212.341.2321 Email –