Jessica Donze Black
Jessica Donze Black
Jessica Donze Black directs the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, a collaboration between Pew and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and leads research and policy efforts aimed at improving school nutrition.
Prior to joining Pew, Black served as the National Director of the Healthy Schools Program for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation -- a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. In her work at the Alliance, she led a team of more than 60 people in 37 states who were helping schools make healthy and sustainable changes in their environments, policies, and practices.
Black’s other past work includes serving as the first Executive Director of the Campaign to End Obesity, directing obesity initiatives for the American Heart Association, managing national nutrition policy for the American Dietetic Association, serving as a health policy fellow for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and practicing clinical nutrition at DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a registered dietitian with a B.S. in nutrition science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released two final rules July 21 that mean schools must continue to meet strong nutrition guidelines for snacks sold to kids and also will prevent marketing of foods and drinks inconsistent with those standards. Read More
More than 30 million students—about 3 in 5 schoolkids—participate daily in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), even though many of them and their families may not realize it. Created by Congress in 1946, the NSLP helps pay for 5 billion healthy lunches served each year in 95 percent of public schools and thousands of private ones too. Read More
This fact sheet is one in a 10-part series highlighting the need for more school kitchen equipment grants to help ensure that children receive healthy school meals. Read More