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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Picture this: Juicy roast turkey is plated next to fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth mashed potatoes and topped with creamy gravy. Locally grown butternut squash adds sweet and savory flavors, complemented by crisp fall apples and fresh vegetables. A warm pumpkin cake rounds out the meal. Read More
Oct. 12 marks the start of National School Lunch Week, and to celebrate, the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project released a statewide poll of Louisiana voters about school nutrition standards and related fundraising policies. The research reveals strong support for current national nutrition guidelines and clear preferences for school fundraisers that promote health. About 3 in 4 Pelican... Read More
Nothing says “back-to-school season is here” like the annual flood of advice on what to pack for our children’s lunches. Yet these well-intended tips overlook an important reality: On a typical day, the majority of American students—more than 30 million kids—get their midday meals at school. Read More