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The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy cultivates research about connections between a just, sustainable food system and healthy eating and translates it into recommendations and resources for educators, policy makers, and community advocates. The Center focuses on schools as critical levers for learning and social change.


Immigration. Climate change. Workers rights. Business regulation. International trade. A free and open exchange of ideas. Scientific integrity. These issues are fundamental to our global food system. Yet their future is unclear in this new political climate. The Tisch Food Center's vision is a future where all people have the education, access, and resources that empower them to choose healthy foods from a just, sustainable food system. We are more committed than ever to joining our colleagues across many fields to conduct research and promote policies that support that vision in the face of our troubling and uncertain future.

Sincerely, Pam Koch
Executive Director  

Research Spotlight



Exploring the Relationship Between Teacher Interest and Student Success in Nutrition Education 

A recent study in Prevention Science by Dr. Marissa Burgermaster and the Tisch Food Center team highlights the important role teachers play in classroom nutrition education programs. Read more here.

Food Corps Evaluation Finds More Nutrition Education Related to Higher Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

In 2015, the Tisch Food Center launched a partnership with FoodCorps, a national organization that connects kids to healthy food in school, to lead their evaluation study. The final report is in! Read key takeaways and see the full report under "Completed Research" here.


Policy Corner

For the past three years we have worked alongside NYC4CNR and national partners to advocate for a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR). It now looks like CNR will take a back seat as Congress turns its attention to the Farm Bill. We are beginning to craft Farm Bill priorities, and we remain committed to ensuring that federal child nutrition and nutrition education programs remain intact and adequately funded. 

We also continue to urge Mayor DeBlasio to include universal free lunch for ALL NYC students in the FY18 budget. Read more at the Lunch4Learning campaign.

Policy Analyst Julia McCarthy Responds to New York Times Article on SNAP Purchases
Her letter points out that a misleading headline obscures the truth about our country's food system challenges. Read more here.

Featured Resource

Dance Breaks

School districts across the country are updating their local wellness policies this year based on the Healthy Hunger Free Kids guidelines. Increased physical activity is a key component of many policies. Dance Breaks are an easy and creative way to incorporate physical activity throughout the school day. Check out how to use Dance Breaks and the research behind them here.

Recent News

Congratulations to Research Associate, Heewon Gray, on her new role at University of South Florida as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health! She will be integral in setting up a new diabetes program along with her own research. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

Assistant Executive Director Claire Uno and Julia McCarthy were featured guests on Eating Matters, a podcast about food system and policy, talking about the intersection of nutrition education and food waste. Listen to the full episode here.

Pam Koch reflects on the state of nutrition education in her editorial for the January issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Read more here.

A recent article from Inside Philanthropy highlights our partnership with the Tisch Illumination Fund. Read more here


On January 18th, the French Consulate of NY hosted a panel on food sustainability, featuring Executive Director, Pam Koch. Read more here.

Check out Pam Koch's interview with NYC Food Policy Center to learn more about her background, philosophies, prior work, and goals for the future. Read more here.

Congrats to TFC Alumni, Marissa Burgermaster, on winning the 2016 Call for Proposals Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science Research Award. Read more here.

Upcoming Events

We are excited to partner again with Just Food and Farm School NYC for the annual Just Food conference, hosted at Teachers College March 12th-13th. Keynote speakers are Dr. Ricardo Salvador from the Union of Concerned Scientists and Devita Davison from FoodLab Detroit. For more details and registration information, click here.

On March 15th at 12pm, Claire Uno and former Tisch Policy Scholar Ali Hard are hosting an SNEB Webinar, "The Time is Right for Strong Advocacy on Capitol Hill: Lessons and Insights from Policy Insiders." For more details and registration information, click here.

On April 29th in Washington, D.C., join us in supporting the NYC Food and Agriculture contingency at the 2017 People's Climate March. To learn more, click here.

The 50th annual SNEB conference will be held July 20-24th in Washington, D.C. TFC faculty, staff, and alumni will be leading conference sessions on advocacy and nutrition education in schools. For more details and registration information, click here.

Student Spotlights

The latest issue of The Grapevine, a student run publication in the Program in Nutrition, features pieces written by TFC students ranging from recipes to articles on TC graduates who advocate for nutrition human rights. Read the full magazine here.  

We want to extend a warm welcome to visiting scholar, Lorenza Sganzetta! Learn more about her food policy interests by reading her interview here.

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