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AmeriCorps Works

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 6:08 PM

"America's greatness was not crafted in skyscrapers alone, but on the ground by those who could see what needed to be done." -President Barack Obama

This week is AmeriCorps Week, during which AmeriCorps programs around the country shine a spotlight on the ways "AmeriCorps works." AmeriCorps works by placing citizens...

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The Full School Food Equation

(7) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 6:37 PM

The first time you hand a child an apple instead of a cookie, or a baked sweet potato wedge instead of a French fry, he is bound to be disappointed. Similarly, the first time you give a child a math textbook, he may come home frustrated with fractions. But we...

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Make a Career of Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2012 | 7:46 PM

The beginning of a new year is often time for self-reflection and resolutions: lose weight, eat better, and spend more time with your family. But what about considering a larger commitment dedicated to service? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said,

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are...

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Happy Anniversary Let's Move! FoodCorps Recruiting First Class of Service Members

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 11:23 AM

One year ago this week, the Obama administration launched Let's Move, an initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. It's an ambitious -- but critically important -- goal.

In the last 30 years, the percentage of American children who are overweight or obese has...

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Stick a Fork in It: Pass The Child Nutrition Act

(135) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 3:02 PM

We are preparing for the most thoroughly planned meal in America, and it's not Thanksgiving dinner. It's school lunch.

Once every five years school meals are put on the Congressional kitchen's front burner through reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. In the process of cooking up this legislation, school...

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Let's Move Child Nutrition

(5) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 5:25 PM

Can you show the Mom-in-Chief how motivated we are to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act?

Back in April I attended the White House Childhood Obesity Summit on behalf of the National Farm to School Network as reported here. The purpose of the...

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From the White House to the Wii: Moving to Conquer Obesity

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 6:39 PM

When President Obama established a "Presidential task force on childhood obesity" in February, Grist's Tom Laskawy wondered whether our nation's first federal food policy council had quietly sprung into being. In a food policy council, the key stakeholders of a region's food system come together...

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Jamie Oliver: Stirring Up a Food Fight

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 12:07 AM

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution is cooking up more than home made meals from fresh ingredients. The show has already stirred up deeply seeded emotions about school food feeding systems...all before the first episode airs tonight!

Conversations and critiques over Jamie Oliver's 6-part U.S. reality TV show has created...

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It Takes a Rocket Scientist?

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 8:46 PM

For years I have been saying that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to support Farm to School because of its common sense solution to serving local high quality food in schools and connecting children to where food comes from, but lo and behold, it does!


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State of the Union's School Lunch: Nutrition as National Defense and Fiscal Health

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 1:55 AM

Don't make us tighten our belts on child nutrition programs while the girth of the nation grows. The government spends $1 million per soldier in Afghanistan, yet barely spends $1 on the food in a school lunch.

When President Obama addresses the nation in his State of the Union,...

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Transforming the Tray: What Kids Eat Means Something

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 1:48 PM

Michelle Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, "Renegade Lunch Lady" Ann Cooper, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, and countless others have been drawing attention to a critical component of our health and educational system: lunch.

Our kids are taught the food pyramid and to eat the colors of the rainbow, but...

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