New York City public school students eat almost 1 million meals every day! These meals are pretty healthy. But, many students get a lot of their calories from unhealthy junk foods – and they’re buying lots of those in school. Who decides what foods are available in schools? How do these foods impact our health? How can students be involved in school food choices?

In the summer of 2019, CUP and Bronx Health REACH collaborated with Teaching Artist Susana Arellano and students from the Comprehensive Model School Project 327 (CMSP 327) in the Bronx to investigate school foods. Students got out of the classroom to document food options in the neighborhood, survey community members, interview stakeholders working on the issue, and create art to show what they learned.

Students created Snack Attack to help other students get involved in their school food choices.

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What People are Saying

“The most memorable part [of the program] was working with the community and figuring out their opinions on what they thought of the food that they sold in schools” -Lisveth Disla, student

“This really made me more confident because we went up to people in the community and we got to interact them and normally I wouldn’t really want to talk to people that I don’t know but then, doing this really gave me some confidence to, go be out there and talk to people.” – Andre Netty, student

“Now, I am more conscious of what we’re eating in schools and I’m more supportive of when we go to pick out different food for school that we should be eating in lunch.” – Daniyah Brown, student

“I would make eating healthy affordable [in my community].” – Phenix Scurry, student 

Students

Andre Netty, Angelina Paulino, Daniyah Brown, Elianny Echavarria, Farida Abdukarim, Helen Diaz, Jayda Bitihene, Jendry Gutierrez, Jenny Mateo, Jeremiah Nigaglioni, Katelynn Medina, Katherine Saldana, Lisveth Disla, Nikosi Whyte, Octavio Novas, Phenix Scurry, Robiliana Santos, Rockland Whyte, Silmane Koita, Tanih Singleton, Tomas Polanco, Victor Perez

Resources & Links

Bronx Health REACH, a project of the Institute for Family Health, works within communities to make health equity a reality. Through health education and outreach efforts, policy and system change, and community partnerships, Bronx Health REACH works to affect change in policy and practice.

The Comprehensive Model School Project (CMSP 327) is a 6th to 12th grade New York City public school of over 700 students with the belief that all students can and will learn.

Funding Support

Bronx Health REACH provided this project to the students of CMSP 327 as winners of a countermarketing campaign competition done in collaboration with CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute’s Youth Food Educators Program. 

This project was made possible through support provided by Bronx Health REACH of the Institute for Family Health.

Special Thanks

Kelly Moltzen, Stephen O’Brien, Miranda Grundy, and Jade Levine

Participants

  • CUP
  • Teaching Artist
  • Susana Arellano
  • Project Lead
  • Fielding Hong
  • Project Support
  • Leigh Taylor
  • Bronx Health REACH
  • Program Manager
  • Kelly Moltzen

  • Program Coordinator
  • Moria Byrne-Zaaloff
  • New Settlement at CMSP 327
  • Principal
  • Alix Ricci
  • Director
  • Carmen Julia Hernandez
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Bilal Raza