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NYC schools receive a $1 million grant for healthier meals

Learn more about the plan.

Written by
Danielle Valente

Health and wellness are top priorities now more than ever. 

To ensure that healthy habits continue, no matter the circumstances, the Life Time Foundation has given a $1 million grant to the NYC DOE to ensure healthy meals for students. The five-year grant, which will be facilitated by the Fund for Public Schools, will "be dedicated to strategic planning support, public relations consultation, equipment and other financial needs" in order to reach goals. 

“We both believe access to healthy, nourishing meals is more important than ever during this crucial time in our country,"Kimo Seymour, senior vice president of media and events at Life Time, said in a statement. 

The main priorities will be to focus on scratch cooking techniques, use clean foods and eliminate "the Harmful 7": 

  • Trans fats and hydrogenated oils
  • High-fructose corn syrup 
  • Hormones and antibiotics
  • Processed and artificial sweeteners
  • Artificial colors and flavors
  • Artificial preservatives
  • Bleached flour

In the meantime, be sure to stay on top of the latest school news by reviewing the 2020-2021 calendar and list of building closures throughout the five boroughs. NYC Schools will continue the free meal program for New Yorkers: Here's where to access a meal hub near you. 

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