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School Food Reform

Saving School Food: A Letter To My (Imaginary) BFF Michelle Obama

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

Now that I know you're unafraid to get overtly political, I'm hoping that speech was just the start of a big public relations campaign to defend healthier school food.

School Food Gets Its Close-Up -- But Is It a Fair One?

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 02.05.2014 | Food
Bettina Elias Siegel

Districts are still unconscionably underfunded when it comes to school food, and Big Food still plays too large of a lobbying role in shaping what appears on kids' trays.

Citing Health Concerns, Messiness, N.M. Teacher Moves To Ban Flamin' Hot Cheetos

Posted 10.15.2012 | Education

A health teacher at Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School in New Mexico is moving to ban Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, claiming the trendy snack food represents a ...

Impoverished, Hungry Students and the New School Food Calorie Caps

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Bettina Elias Siegel

Millions of American children live in food insecure homes. School meals are often their only dependable source of food, yet for a variety of reasons they may not be getting all the food that's being made available to them. It's a tragic situation.

Florida Schools Consider Installing Trash Cams To Monitor How Much Of Students' Lunches Get Thrown Out

Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

In an effort to monitor the effects of the new federal lunch policy changes, Lake County school leaders in Florida have proposed using surveys or inst...

The Right Wing and the School Food Calorie Kerfuffle

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 11.28.2012 | Education
Bettina Elias Siegel

The school lunch calorie issue is getting particular traction in right-wing media outlets and I've already told you about Republican congressmen seeking to repeal the calorie caps, calling the new regulations "the nanny state personified."

The New School Food Regs: Why I'm Putting My Money on the Class of 2024

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
Bettina Elias Siegel

In 2024, the sight of fruits and vegetables on lunch trays will simply be a given. Kids will not expect daily desserts, a crutch often used by districts in the past to meet the old regulations' calorie minimums. They will have no memory of the "good old days."

Will Ferrell Playing a School Food Reformer? Why I'm Worried

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 10.07.2012 | Food
Bettina Elias Siegel

A film about the notion that if a school just has enough "heart" and "pluck," kids can eat organic lettuce and free-range chicken instead of canned peas and nuggets does a real disservice to the thousands of school food directors in this country.

The Great Cafeteria Takeover: "Rethinking" the Approach to School Food Reform

Johanna Gilligan | Posted 07.11.2012 | Food
Johanna Gilligan

"The Great Cafeteria Takeover" portrays a group of young adults who are leaders in the school food reform movement.

School Food, Is There Hope? Chef Ann Cooper Opens The Lunch Box (Q&A)

Chris Elam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Chris Elam

Her nonprofit has just launched a revolutionary web portal offering free scaleable recipes, curricula, technical tools and community discussion -- an online engine that can spur real school food reform.