New Haven schools Director of Food Services Chef Tim Cipriano is featured this week on the White House’s “Champions of Change” website in recognition of his successful effort to introduce healthy and locally produced food into city schools. Chef Tim is a participant in Chefs Move to Schools, an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign.
Cipriano was one of a group of chefs and nutritionists honored by the White House for improving school lunches. He traveled to Washington D.C. last week to accept the award and discuss school lunches with policymakers. While there, he wrote the blog post and recorded the video that appears this week on the Champions of Change website www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
“This is great honor,” Cipriano said. “I’m proud to represent New Haven and talk about the improvements we have made in school food. School food can be good food, and we have achieved that here in New Haven. We have proven that students will eat healthy, locally produced food.”
“Chef Tim more than deserves his award,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. “He has done remarkable work transforming our food programs. Students must eat right to learn, and Chef Tim is making that happen.”
Under Cipriano New Haven schools have eliminated chicken nuggets and other highly processed foods, replacing them with minimally processed food that is locally grown when available.
Champions of Change is part of President Obama’s “Winning the Future Initiative.” Each week, Champions of Change features Americans, businesses or organizations who embody the initiative’s “Innovate, Educate and Build” motto.