Cathy Nonas,MS, RD Founder/Executive Director
Before starting MealsForGood (an idea born by her son Sasha, a creative executive in Hollywood), she was a senior advisor at the NYC Health Department. A clinical dietitian who spent her early years at the federally funded NYC Obesity Research Center, Nonas was also an assistant clinical professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and a member of the National Institutes of Health committee to update the Obesity guidelines and the new Lifestyle guidelines. Nonas has many peer reviewed publications on effective policy strategies for changing the nutrition and physical activity environments in NYC. Some of her policy work includes changing the Health Code to improve nutrition in early child care centers, New York City’s calorie-posting regulation, creating the NYC Green Cart initiative which increases the number of mobile food vendors selling fresh produce in low income neighborhoods, growing the country’s largest municipal farmers market incentive, Health Bucks. It should be noted that Nonas did not do all this alone: it took the proverbial village. This is true for MealsForGood.net as well - a village of local restauranteurs will help reduce food insecurity in their local communities.