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'Food Can Empower Children. Food Can Inspire Change.'

Marc Vetri | Posted 09.24.2012 | Home
Marc Vetri

Food can empower children. Food can inspire change. Food can create community. Food and family are the keys to a simpler healthier world.

Conference Previews Healthier School Lunch Meals

Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

With new federal Department of Agriculture nutrition standards for school meals slated to take effect this month, thousands of school chefs, food serv...

The Lunch Box: A Cultural Icon

The New York Public Library | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home
The New York Public Library

I realize now that my lunch box was just as cool as the trendy tin it tried to emulate. Yes, the alphabet embossing was embarrassing. The bright, unmistakeable, golden color was hideous. But, looking at this vestige of my youth, all I feel is a loving sentimentality.

Black Children At Greater Risk for Health Problems Because Of Obesity - #NoMoreJunk

Monifa Bandele | Posted 09.08.2012 | Parents
Monifa Bandele

Parents and community members everywhere now have the opportunity to impact children's health through pushing the USDA to implement strong national guidelines for junk food.

Cranberry Industry Braces For School Lunch Changes

Posted 06.26.2012 | Education

The cranberry industry is bracing for impact, as new nutrition standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture threaten to affect the status ...

Jamie Oliver Has 'Lost Faith' In UK Government

Posted 06.21.2012 | Home

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has "lost faith" in the UK government when it comes to improving nutrition in schools. The revelation comes ami...

School Cafeteria Workers Win 'Right' To Eat Expired Food For Free

Posted 06.11.2012 | Education

You know that public school employee salaries are low when cafeteria workers fight for the right to eat expired food -- at their own risk. Unionize...

Schools Turning Their Noses Up At Pink Slime, Opting For Beef Without The Filler

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 08.04.2012 | Education

NEW YORK — The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this y...

No Holiday for Hunger

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We don't usually equate "summer vacation" and empty stomachs. Did you know child hunger and food insecurity often peak in the summer? An overwhelming majority of children who receive free meals at school aren't as lucky once school lets out.

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...

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 ...

The Perfect Storm: How the Pink Slime Debacle Created Food System Change

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Nancy Huehnergarth

Inciting grassroots involvement in food system issues is critical -- yet, until the pink slime debacle, consumer uprisings have mostly eluded the movement. Why did this issue create such a powerful consumer reaction?

A Dangerous Attack on School Breakfast

Billy Shore | Posted 06.26.2012 | Impact
Billy Shore

New York City is dead last among 26 large urban areas in school breakfast participation, even though 74% of the city's public school students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Enter the city Health Department, which wants to halt plans to serve more morning meals at school.

Breakfast In The Classroom Changing Student Performance

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 06.17.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. In the first month of a new experiment inside a Dixwell school, the number of kids eating...

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, ...

Teacher Stole Lunch Money From 2nd Grade Student, Baltimore Mother Claims

Posted 03.22.2012 | Education

The mother of a second-grade student in Baltimore, Md. has filed a lawsuit claiming that her son's teacher at Gwynn Falls Elementary School assaulted ...

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.

The Beef Industry Tries to Defend "Pink Slime" and My Response

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 05.14.2012 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

Three fast food giants -- McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell -- have discontinued their use of "Pink Slime." But while fast food customers can vote with their dollars, students must passively consume whatever the federal government sees fit to feed them.

Why Americans Are Angry About Pink Slime

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 05.12.2012 | Home
Nancy Huehnergarth

The pink slime uproar shows that Americans are finally fed up with unsavory additives in their food. But the meat industry and the USDA just don't get it.

School Officials Apologize For 'KKK Chicken Tenders' On School Lunch Menu

Posted 02.29.2012 | Education

METHUEN, Mass. — School officials in a Massachusetts town are apologizing for sending home a lunch menu that listed KKK Chicken Tenders as an option...

Student's Homemade Turkey Sandwich Taken For Nuggets Was Teacher's Mistake

AP | By EMERY DALESIO | Posted 02.17.2012 | Education

RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was a tale of government meddling that outraged radio talk show hosts and a pair of Congress members: A 4-year-old was forced to d...

Did a State Inspector Really Make a Child Trade Her Home-Packed Lunch for Nuggets?

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 08.08.2012 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

A recent story claimed that a preschooler in a North Carolina school was forced by a state inspector to give up her packed lunch and take a school lunch of chicken nuggets. Something didn't smell right to me.

Dinner Is Now On The Menu In Nearly 200 California Schools

| Sue Frey | Posted 04.10.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. You've heard about free school lunches and breakfasts, but how about school suppers...

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?