In the last decade, food policy and food policy research have made great leaps in New York City. On October 22nd, the NYC Food Policy Center sponsored a seminar in which researchers from several New York City institutions summarized their research findings in food policy and identified priorities for the next period. A specific goal of the forum was to begin to formulate research priorities that can inform the food policy agenda of the next Mayor and City Council.
The first speakers , Isobel Contento, Professor of Nutrition and Education and Faculty Director, and Pamela Koch, Executive Director of the The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, described research studies that examined how schools work with outside organizations to provide nutrition education in ciy schools. They found that 20 outside nutrition education organizations in New York City were providing services in 237(39%) of the 619 schools they surveyed. They concluded that New York City schools need organizations to provide services in more schools, especially schools with higher needs.