FSD's 20 Most Influential

Inaugural list identifies those people having the biggest impact on non-commercial foodservice.

Tim Cipriano
Executive Director of Food Services,
New Haven Public Schools,
New Haven, Conn.

In child nutrition there’s a dichotomy between obesity and hunger. In the New England city that Yale calls home, Tim Cipriano is combatting both sides of that food coin. Cipriano came to the district in the summer of 2008 to transition the department to self-op and remake the program into a healthy dining experience.

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