Children’s Aid Society’s Food & Nutrition Director to Speak at Local Food Conference

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Just Food will hold its 2012 conference “EAT • WORK • GROW THE MOVEMENT” at the Food & Finance High School on February 24th and 25th. This conference will bring together over 1,000 local food lovers and advocates. CSA members, community gardeners, urban and rural farmers, food professionals and entrepreneurs will participate in two days of hands-on workshops, discussions and skills-building sessions and of course some good food. The Children’s Aid Society’s very own Food & Nutrition Director, Stefania Patinella, will speak at the conference on the importance of serving real, fresh and nutritious foods in our city’s most important institutions, such as day cares, schools, nursing homes and hospitals. Her talk is based on our successful Go!Healthy Meals model, which serves delicious, from-scratch meals to 2,000 children each day.

Just Food is a non-profit organization that connects communities and local farms with the resources and support they need to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to all New Yorkers. Ticket costs are $30 per day or $50 for both days and discounts are available for students, farmers and low-income community members.  

For more information on the conference, registration and to buy tickets, please visit

Caption: Director of Food and Nutrition Programs at The Children’s Aid Society, Stefania Patinella with CAS participants at the Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem. Photo by Lily Kesselman.