Given that the Child Nutrition Act determines what more than 30 million children eat at school five days a week, 180 days a year, schools meals can be a critical entry point for improving children's health.
As American Jews ate what for many was a plentiful meal, we listened to the traditional four questions and pondered a new one: why, in a country as wealthy and as bountiful as the United States, are there still children who are hungry?
Michelle Obama started her government-wide "Let's Move" program to improve children's health and nutrition, but Blanche Lincoln's the author of the Senate child nutrition bill. And Lincoln is no Michelle Obama.
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!
Go to farmers' markets and farm stands, or buy a share in a CSA. Buy a whole cow. Keep it in your freezer. Share it with your neighbor. You'll put money directly in the pocket of a farmer rather than a host of middlemen.
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.