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The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community.

CHSF – Changing how schools feed kids.

(We do business as New York Coalition for Healthy School Food. Our legal name is New York Coalition for Healthy School Lunches.)


We do this by:


Michael Greger, MD

Amie Hamlin - Executive Director

Tracy Hubbell

Cynthia King

Marilyn Mayers


Bradley Goldberg


Kate Adamick, JD - Foods Systems Consultant, School Food Advocate

Suzanne M. Babich, DrPH, MS - Associate Dean of Global Health, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.

T. Colin Campbell, PhD - Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, author, The China Study
Jayni Chase, Founder, Center for Environmental Education

Ann Cooper - The Renegade Lunch Lady, author, Lunch Lessons
Fran Costigan - Vegan Pastry Chef Instructor, Author, Vegan Chocolate and More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally

Joel Fuhrman, MD - Author, Disease Proof Your Child and Eat to Live

Pat Hysert - Secretary, NYS PTA

Jenny Matthau, Food & Wellness Educator
Tracye McQuirter, MPH
– author of By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat

Milton Mills, MD – Physician and co-author of Racial Bias in the US Dietary Guidelines Part 1 and Part 2.

Mehmet Oz, MD - Director, Cardiovascular Institute, Columbia University

Henry Rinehart - Henry is the owner of HENRY's, a Modern American Bistro located on Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City.

Christine Wallace - Consultant: Good Food, Fun Food, a School Food Service consulting company, specializing in $ .06 Certification process, menu improvement and Smarter Lunchroom Initiatives; former Food Service Director.



We began in 2004 by writing and getting passed unanimously a New York State Legislative Resolution - Assembly or Senate - which asked schools to offer plant-based entrees as a healthy option, provide nutrition education that includes information on multi-cultural and plant-based eating patterns, promote farm to school programs, and more. In relation to this resolution, we received letters of endorsement from a number of organizations, celebrities, medical professionals, and religious organizations:


American Heart Association

Center for Science in the Public Interest


Benjamin Carson, MD

T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Brenda Davis, RD

Joel Fuhrman, MD

Mark Nelson, MD

Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH

Mehmet Oz, MD

Rabbi Israel Rubin

Christian Vegetarian Association

Montel Williams

Photo of Amie Hamlin, Michelle Paige Paterson and Kirsten Gillibrand

Executive Director Amie Hamlin with NYS First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson (left) and Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand (right, now Senator Gillibrand)

4 people sitting at table, Chefs Michael, Chef Jorge, and Candle Cafe & 79 owner Joy Pierson, along with coalition friend Stephanie Fields

The Candle 79 team: Chefs Michael & Jorge, co-owner Joy Pierson, and coalition friend Stephanie Fields

Photo of Resolution


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