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The Urban School Food Alliance has announced a partnership with FoodCorps.

The alliance, a nonprofit coalition of some of the largest school districts in the U.S., will work with the FoodCorps nonprofit group to increase food quality in school meals and improve student health and academic performance, according to a news release.

With the partnership, FoodCorps and the Urban School Food Alliance say they will coordinate fundraising and communication efforts. 

“Both of our organizations are committed to making large-scale change in the school food arena and to helping younger generations become healthier generations,” Curt Ellis, co-founder and CEO of FoodCorps, said in the release.

Since 2011, FoodCorps has helped provided healthy school food education by placing 225 full-time AmeriCorps volunteers in 350 under-resourced schools in 17 states and Washington, D.C., according to the release.

“Both FoodCorps and the Alliance see value in elevating the role of food and nutrition in the way we think about education, the school day, and what kids need to thrive,” Eric Goldstein, chairman of the Urban School Food Alliance and chief executive officer of School Support Services for the New York City Department of Education, said in the release. “FoodCorps and the Alliance can work together to enhance the way that academics, policymakers, and the education community think about the role of food on students’ success.”