First Lady Praises NHPS Food Truck on Facebook

Thursday, August 4, 2011
Christopher Hoffman
First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday on her Facebook page praised the New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) and United Way of Greater New Haven for purchasing and operating a new food truck to serve free summer meals to city children.
In her post, the First Lady tied the truck to her “Let’s Move!” initiative to improve children’s diets and fight childhood obesity.
 “A crucial component of the First Lady's Let’s Move! initiative is making sure that children have access to healthy, nutritious food,” Ms. Obama wrote. “In New Haven, Connecticut, the United Way has paired up with New Haven School Food to do just that with a food truck that will serve kids throughout the city free, healthy meals.”
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United Way of Greater New Haven purchased the food truck for NHPS. The truck began this week serving about 1,000 free meals every weekday at three locations in the city. Federal funds are paying for the food.
NHPS Executive Director of Food Services Chef Timothy Cipriano, who has worked with the First Lady on her Let’s Move! Campaign, said he is thrilled to see New Haven’s food truck highlighted on her Facebook page.
“This is an honor,” Cipriano said. “It’s gratifying and humbling to have the First Lady of the United States shine a spotlight on our efforts to feed kids healthy and nutritious meals in New Haven. This makes me even more determined to fight for better childhood nutrition and against obesity.
“I want to again thank Untied Way of Greater New Haven for purchasing this food truck and enabling us to provide free summer meals at underserved locations in the city.”

NHPS Chief Operating Officer Will Clark sad, “This is just one piece of our broad, comprehensive approach to education. Our School Change reforms recognize that children must be safe, healthy and eat balanced, nutritious diets to learn. It’s not just about test scores. It’s about the whole child, the whole system, the whole community. Mayor DeStefano and Dr. Mayo understand that effective education touches all aspects of a child’s life and have rightly insisted on programs like the food truck and many others that do so.”

The food truck will serve free meals to kids 18 and under weekdays though Monday, August 29. The truck’s daily schedule is:
·         Betsy Ross School, 150 Kimberly Avenue; Lunch: 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Supper: 4-4:45 p.m.;
·         Helene Grant School, 185 Goffe Street; Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Supper: 5-5:45 p.m.;
·         MicroSociety School, 311 Valley Street; Lunch: 12:30-1:15 p.m.; Supper: 6-6:45 p.m.