About Us

What is the Alliance?


The NYC Alliance for CNR is a group of diverse stakeholders working together for a strong Child Nutrition Act.  The Alliance is convened by City Harvest and the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, & Policy at Teachers College Columbia University.

The Alliance first convened in March 2009 to

 1) Advocate for priorities for NYC in the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization

 2) Act cohesively to deliver our shared message to policy makers and the public.

Now, we convene again to ensure more progress.  The Alliance is establishing goals and consensus statement of priorities.  We will then seek support for those priorities.

What is the Child Nutrition Act?


The Child Nutrition Act governs the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC, and other federal programs that provide food and nutrition education to children and families.  Congress authorizes the legislation every 5 years.  The current bill expires on October 1, 2015.

Why is this Bill Important?

This is a once in a five year opportunity to make improvements to programs that feed and educate millions of children from infancy through adolescence.  In New York State alone, over 1.8 million children eat school lunch every day, and nearly half of those meals are eaten in NYC public schools.
We are leading an action campaign for New Yorkers to engage in this debate.  Join us!