Briefly: New Haven public school food program featured in mayors’ list

A report issued by the U.S. Conference of Mayors lists a New Haven school food initiative as a program that helps President Barack Obama in his effort to end childhood hunger across the nation. City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga said in a statement Monday that the programs listed in the report help to meet the nutritional needs of low-income children in urban environments. In April 2008, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and the Board of Aldermen ousted the Philadelphia-based corporation Aramark as the food-serving company for New Haven Public Schools. The schools’ current food program uses more locally grown, sustainable foods. “We’re committed to supporting our children in developing good eating habits and living healthy lives,” DeStefano said in the statement.

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