Pushing for Healthier School Lunches

Six cities—New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, and Orlando—recently announced their intention to buy only antibiotic-free chicken for their school lunch programs. Mark Izeman explains why this is a big deal:

“The six cities are part of a newly formed coalition called the ‘Urban School Food Alliance.’ The overall goal of the Alliance, as I’ve written before, is to leverage their joint food purchasing power — $550 million per year — to not only help get better food for kids in lunch rooms, but also to help drive the market for affordable, healthy and sustainable food for all schools across the country.

“The New York City school system alone serves 860,000 meals per day, the largest institutional provider of meals in the nation after the Department of Defense. So when NYC and these other districts speak, food suppliers around the country listen.”