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According to advocates, at least one in five New York City families with children still rely on soup kitchens and food pantries, despite free school breakfast and subsidized school lunches. President Obama pledged to end child hunger in the United States by 2015, and the reauthorization of the federal Child Nutrition Act is expected by September. During this recession, what would it take to ensure that more children receive free—and higher quality—school food? Why are about one quarter of New York City elementary school students obese? Can the government improve these things, or is it already doing everything it can?
- Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, United States Department of Agriculture
- Eric Goldstein, CEO, SchoolFood, NYC Department of Education
- Jan Poppendeick, author, Free for All: Fixing School Food in America
- Jonathan Stein, General Counsel, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
- Jim Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
- Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC radio
Supported by the Sirus Fund and the Milano Foundation.