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CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

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    The first day of school (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    In New York City, nearly half of elementary school children are overweight. The city’s Department of Education is in charge of the largest school food service program in the country, serving over 177 million meals per year. But despite the city’s efforts, such as providing free breakfast for students and placing restrictions on snacks sold in school vending machines, childhood obesity continues to pose a major challenge. In recent decades there have been significant