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National School Lunch Program

Note to Parents: Get Pissed!

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Annie Spiegelman

At Marin Academy, a high school in San Rafael, California, the county's private school kids were eating what we all should be eating: organic, locally grown, whole foods with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in their school lunches.

U.S. Hunger Remains At Record High, Religious Leader Hopeful

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Whitney Jones Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of Americans struggling with hunger remained stable in 2009 despite the economic d...

NYC Kids Dish On Their Lunches For 'National School Lunch Week'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In honor of National School Lunch Week, the New York Post asked three local students to rate their school lunches. Two of the three students who revi...

Mom Conquers Cafeteria In Healthy School Lunch Crusade

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

One San Francisco mother is spearheading a campaign to overhaul the lunches that the city's public schools are serving its students, CNN reports. As ...

For Some Children, Going Back to School Means Getting to Eat

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

For low-income families who struggle to overcome hunger, back-to-school season brings an end to the strain of putting additional meals on the table when the free and reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches are unavailable.

Why The House Child Nutrition Bill Is Better For Children

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

While the improvements to the quality of foods provided by our child nutrition programs is a strong step forward, there are two shortfalls to the legislation that the House should consider before taking up the Senate bill.

Healthy School Lunches and Cafeteria Ladies Who Compost

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Annie Spiegelman

We have to be good role models for our children in order for them to develop healthy, eating behaviors for life. What can parents do, besides complain, to support you and school lunch programs nationally?

Love Lunch Community: Berkeley School Lunch Reform Gets Its Close-Up

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Annie Spiegelman

The goal of the Berkeley School Lunch Initiative was to serve nutritious, fresh, tasty and locally grown food for 5,000 children in the Berkeley Unified School District.

Childhood Obesity & Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Rigby

Op-ed cross-posted Houston Chronicle Rachel Kimbro & Elizabeth Rigby March 5, 2010 In a series of high-profile events over the past few weeks, firs...

We Need All Hands On Deck For Children's Health

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

As any parent knows, the landscape of children's health has changed, often making childhood feel like a pre-existing condition.

School Gardens Across The Nation, And A Resource List For Starting Your Own

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

School gardens are an excellent way for children to get to know fresh fruits and vegetables, supplement classroom instruction, and just plain spend more time outdoors.

School Lunches Wouldn't Meet Fast-Food Safety Standards

USA Today | Peter Eisler, Blake Morrison and Anthony DeBarros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In the past three years, the government has provided the nation's schools with millions of pounds of beef and chicken that wouldn't meet the quality o...

USDA Allows Meat In Schools that Doesn't Meet Fast Food Chains' Standards

Dave Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Murphy

How is it that the U.S. can put a man on the moon, but can't seem to feed its children school lunches that are no healthier than the food served at McDonald's or Jack in the Box?

Good Nutrition Starts at School

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Only 2% of children get enough fruits and vegetables to meet the USDA's Food Guide Pyramid serving recommendations. An entire generation is missing out on the pleasures of home-cooked meals made with freshly harvested foods.

Feed Your Children Well

Dan Imhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Imhoff

The cheap calorie delivery system -- funded for the past few decades through both the Farm Bill and the Child Nutrition Act -- has become a key player in the Supersizing of our kids.

Minestrone, and Three Other Things That Will Save American School Lunch

Deborah Lehmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deborah Lehmann

It's time to bring the school lunch program back to its roots. This year's child nutrition reauthorization provides an enormous opportunity to overhaul school food and teach students healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

Cargill, The School Lunch Program And The Latest Beef Recall

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

As I reported last week, a large-scale California beef-packing plant owned by Cargill churned out, packaged up, and distributed widely some 830,000 po...

Meatless Monday: Reforming School Lunches

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Remember school lunch? Mystery meatloaf? Slimy spaghetti? Vegetables so gray and overcooked it was impossible to imagine they started life fresh? ...

It's Time to Change School Lunch

Jerusha Klemperer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerusha Klemperer

The National School Lunch Program provides a meal to 30 million children every school day. Right now it is a sad mirror of the broken food system outside the school walls.

Twitter Co-Founder Lobbies For Vegetarian School Lunches (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Megan Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has taken up a cause that requires a few more than 140 characters to explain. The microblogging exec is lobbying Congress...

Agribiz Biostitute Declares Fresh Healthy Food A Menace

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Welcome to another steaming poo-poo platter of Agribriz propaganda served up by a biostitute whose foundation is fossil-fueled by Archer Daniels Midland, Exxon, Ford, GM and Chrysler.

Serving Sickness to School Kids

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Lax agency enforcement of humane slaughter rules continues to allow unacceptable abuse of animals and food safety risks.

Abusive Slaughterhouse Billed $67 Million For Recall

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CHINO, Calif. — The federal government said Thursday it has billed a California slaughterhouse more than $67 million for expenses associated wit...