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Healthy School Lunches

Districts Look To Debt Collectors, Stricter Policies, For Unpaid Lunches

Posted 08.15.2012 | Education

Americans are likely hearing from debt collectors more in recent years than in the past, but a practice that may become even more common: debt collect...

I Call the Vote: A Farm Bill Litmus Test for the Food Movement

Ken Cook | Posted 07.10.2012 | Green
Ken Cook

Is offering a healthy snack the only idea in the farm bill that should matter to the food movement? Of course not.

Advocates Fight Fat: 'School Setting Does Not Support Health'

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2012 | Education

* Nonprofits want greater role for U.S. Education Department * Health needs to be integrated into school policies -groups ...

Why The Simple School Lunch Burger Patty Has 26 Ingredients

Posted 04.06.2012 | Education

The school burger has gotten more than its share of the spotlight lately as parents set off a media firestorm in a rally to remove the controversial, ...

March Madness: School Lunch, Pink Slime and National Nutrition Month

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

National Nutrition Month is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. I wonder how many parents would choose "pink slime."

Schools Can Take Pink Slime Off Menu

WAVY-TV | Posted 03.21.2012 | Weird News

NORFOLK, Va. - Local school cafeterias are getting a choice when it comes to the meat filler known as pink slime....

USDA to Americans: You'll Eat Pink Slime Whether You Want It or Not

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 05.19.2012 | Home
Nancy Huehnergarth

The USDA's announcement that school districts will be able to opt out of an ammonium-hydroxide treated ground beef filler known as both Lean Finely Textured Beef and "pink slime" is not exactly inspiring confidence.

Emmeline Zhao

Schools Can Opt Out Of 'Pink Slime' | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 03.15.2012 | Education

"Pink slime" might soon have a leaner presence in public schools than many might have initially anticipated. The U.S. Department of Agriculture an...

Why Won't Jane and Johnny Eat Healthier at School?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Now that the federal government has sought to get schools across the country to make healthier lunches, there's another tough question for us all: Will kids eat them?

Feds Buying 7 Million Pounds Of 'Pink Slime' For School Lunches

Posted 03.08.2012 | Education

Pink slime -- that ammonia-treated meat in a bright Pepto-bismol shade -- may have been rejected by fast food joints like McDonald's, Taco Bell and Bu...

Aaron Sankin

The End Of Our Food Truck Revolution? | Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.28.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Even though House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently called food trucks "a model for small business innovation," other Californ...

Preschooler's Homemade Turkey Sandwich Replaced With Nuggets

Posted 04.16.2012 | Education

A preschool student at West Hoke Elementary School in North Carolina ended up eating three chicken nuggets for lunch two weeks ago -- because a state ...

Getting Kids To Eat Vegetables At School: Are Pictures The Answer?

Posted 04.02.2012 | Education

Getting young children to eat their servings of fruits and veggies, particularly in school, has been a long and hard struggle for parents, schools and...

School Lunches Get Healthier, But Pizza Is Still a Vegetable

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 04.01.2012 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

The program will affect the nearly 32 million kids who participate in subsidized school lunch programs each day -- many of whom get half their daily calories from these meals. What's different?

New USDA School Food Standards: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.28.2012 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Are the new school food standards ideal?  No.  Are districts being given enough money to really get the job done?  No, again.  But do we have some cause for celebration?  Absolutely.

Invest in Food, Invest in Kids

Noli Taylor | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
Noli Taylor

These changes help our kids see that we aren't just telling them to eat better -- we as a community are willing to invest in the food they are served at school to help them grow up as healthy, smart, and strong as they can.

32 Million Reasons to Cheer the USDA

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home
Nancy Huehnergarth

There are 32 million reasons why the USDA's new school meal standards are good news. That's the number of children in the U.S. and who will soon be served far more nutritious, and hopefully delicious school meals.

We're Not Laughing

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.05.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

If they weren't so damaging to children, congressional leaders' explanations for their policy decisions that cater to big money interests at those children's expense would be downright funny.

Despite Congress Backtrack, Schools Move Ahead With Healthy Meals

| Sue Frey | Posted 01.29.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. A week after Congress backtracked on some key components of landmark school nutriti...

Jason Linkins

How To Turn Pizza Into A Vegetable | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics

On Tuesday, Congress decided that pizza is a vegetable. I have to imagine that this news instilled confusion in many Americans, as many Americans are: familiar with pizza; familiar with vegetables; and sane. But, according to the geniuses in Washington, pizza is a vegetable for the purposes of determining what goes into public school lunches by virtue of the fact that pizza traditionally includes a schmear of tomato paste. And if you're wondering how it came to pass that Congress arrived at the conclusion that pizza could count as a serving of vegetables for this reason, wonder no more! Congress was guided along this path by lobbyists. And lobbyists can do all sorts of things, by magic!

To Save Lives: Why Our School Went Junk Food Free

Meg Campbell | Posted 12.11.2011 | Education
Meg Campbell

I predict the day will come when commercial interests will be similarly barred from selling their wares on school property and when students will be required to refrain from bringing in junk food.

It's Cool to BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) to School

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. | Posted 11.21.2011 | Parents
Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.

As parents, we know that good nutrition will help our children grow-up healthy, but what foods comprise a healthy meal? Here are some "good nutrition" guidelines for you to follow when your kids BYOL.

Proposed School Lunch Rules Have Colo. Delegates Playing Hot Potato

Posted 11.19.2011 | Denver

A federal proposal to alter the makeup of school lunches has a few of Colorado's political representatives playing hot potato. Senator Mark Udall...

WATCH: LAUSD Cafeteria Menu Worse Than Dog Food, Says Chef

The Huffington Post | Eliza Fisher | Posted 08.27.2011 | Los Angeles

In the final episode of this year's Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Oliver pulls a fast one on some of the biggest chefs in the city. Oliver lures ...

The National Conversation About New Priorities: Including Those Most Vulnerable

Billy Shore | Posted 08.26.2011 | Politics
Billy Shore

Notwithstanding the likelihood of many competing interests, there is one issue that politicians of all stripes should be able to agree upon because its redress is inextricably linked to solving so many other issues of import -- and that is the issue of childhood hunger.