The Illumination Fund reflects my strong belief in the importance of expanding access and opportunity for all New Yorkers by supporting cross-cutting initiatives in areas from education and the arts, to healthy food and economic development, and beyond.Our Mission
Laurie M. Tisch
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Teachers College, Columbia University
Building on the College’s leadership in nutrition education for more than a century, the Illumination Fund is proud to establish the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, & Policy through a new multi-million dollar commitment. The Center will provide research, evidence-based programs, policies and training for the next generation of nutrition professionals.
There are vast disparities in diet-related diseases across neighborhoods where residents have few options to buy healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-income residents are most severely affected. The Illumination Fund’s Healthy Food & Community Change initiative will support novel strategies to increase access, availability, affordability, and knowledge of healthy foods and promote healthy choices, specifically targeting programs in high-need neighborhoods, creating hubs of activities and community engagement.