A school “lunch lady” with a huge heart

By Ed Nicholson

Tim Cipriano calls himself a "lunch lady."  That’s simplifying things a bit.  Actually, he directs one of the most progressive school lunch programs in the country, for New Haven (CT) Public Schools, which prepares more than 17,000 lunches and 11,000 breakfasts a day for schools across the district.  It’s a tremendous program, that focuses on quality, nutritious food, prepared from scratch, where possible.

Tim is a passionate, articulate and tireless advocate for hunger relief.  In his job, he sees directly the effects of hunger on children.  He knows the scope and the depth of the problem. 

In addition to effectively managing a daunting day job, Tim also has a leadership role in Taste of the Nation New Haven, and has volunteered his time to lobby state legislatures on behalf of child nutrition appropriation. 

We caught up with Tim last week, when we made the WeCanEndThis donation in New Haven (for which he was largely responsible). 

He’s an inspiring guy.  It’s a privilege to know him