NEW YORK, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- City Harvest Food Council members and chefs Bill Telepan (Telepan), Scott Linquist (Dos Caminos), Lou Elrose (Wildwood Barbeque), Ivan Beacco (Testaccio Ristorante), Mary Cleaver (The Green Table), and Jorge Collazo (SchoolFood executive chef) joined Harlem middle school students at PS/IS 210, Tuesday March 16, 2010, for lunch to call attention to chef support of a strong Child Nutrition Act with priorities outlined by the NYC Alliance for Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR). Chefs gained input from students about the kind of food they would like to eat at school. Jilly Stephens, City Harvest's executive director, and Dana Cowin (editor of Food & Wine Magazine and Food Council member) also spoke with students.
Chefs signed a petition to be carried to Washington, DC on Tuesday, March 17, 2010 by chefs meeting with members of Congress. High profile chefs are helping lead school food reform efforts both locally and nationally, and City Harvest Food Council chefs are working to draw attention to the bill being reauthorized.
"I believe that if we improve the quality of school food, we can positively impact the health and well-being of the next generation," said Bill Telepan, chef and owner of Telepan. "We are carrying the message to Washington that New York City chefs stand behind more nutritious food for more kids."
"City Harvest's Food Council members are proud to join our coalition of New York organizations and individuals asking Congress to make changes to the Child Nutrition Act. It's critical for Congress to invest in improved access to child nutrition programs like school lunch and the quality of the food children eat," said Jilly Stephens, executive director of City Harvest.
About City Harvest
Now serving New York City for more than 25 years, City Harvest (www.CityHarvest.org) is the world's first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city's hungry men, women, and children. This year, City Harvest will collect over 26 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to nearly 600 community food programs throughout New York City using a fleet of trucks and bikes as well as volunteers on foot. Each week, City Harvest helps over 260,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal.
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