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Why Americans Are Angry About Pink Slime

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 05.12.2012 | Food
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 | Food
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?

Invest in Food, Invest in Kids

Noli Taylor | Posted 03.28.2012 | Food
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.

Five School Programs Feeding America's Children

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Danielle Nierenberg

Beyond the traditional lessons on reading, writing, and math, schools across America are now teaching their students about another crucially important subject that will build the foundation for the rest of their lives: nutrition.

A Preventable Tragedy: Choking to Death in the School Cafeteria

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.21.2012 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

We can't prevent every conceivable tragedy that might strike our kids at school. But in the case of a choking, physically demonstrating the Heimlich maneuver to school food service workers as part of their regular training hardly seems burdensome.

How The Food Industry Controls School Meals

Posted 02.04.2012 | Education

In a biting piece in The New York Times Sunday, investigative reporter Lucy Komisar offers an in-depth look at how the food industry -- and its comple...

A Real Choice for Parents on Their Kids' Health

Maya Uppaluru | Posted 02.04.2012 | Education
Maya Uppaluru

The real enemy of a parent's right to choose what their children eat is the scarcity of healthy food options in many American schools and neighborhoods -- not government public health interventions.

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...

Does Capitalism Have to Promote Child Abuse?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 01.16.2012 | Food
Kerry Trueman

Republicans have torpedoed the USDA's attempts to reduce the amount of pizza, french fries and salt that our kids consume at school. Why? Because the frozen pizza companies, the salt industry and potato growers asked them to. Really. It's that simple.

Congress Fights To Save School Pizza And Fries

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do? In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza ...

Congress Pushes Back On Healthier School Lunches

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 01.14.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — Congress is unraveling the Obama administration's attempt to make school lunches healthier, pushing back against Agriculture Depart...

FDA Warns School Lunch Supplier For Unsafely Repackaging Moldy Applesauce

Posted 01.07.2012 | Education

Federal officials are investigating a school lunch supplier for repackaging applesauce containing potentially dangerous, multi-colored molds. Food ...

WATCH: Why Schools Are Serving Lunch At 9:30 A.M.

Posted 12.28.2011 | Education

Who hasn't had their share of cold pizza for breakfast? But for high school students across Florida, their 9:30 a.m. meal is no makeshift breakfast fr...

Food Court: Winners And Losers Of The Week

Food52 | Posted 12.10.2011 | Food
Food52

In which Shelly Peppel and Fran Brennan, the editors of Food52 News, pass judgement on the week's top food news.   • Winner: The man...

Mysterious Blogger Who Exposed Bad School Lunches Revealed

Posted 12.05.2011 | Education

It all started one day at the beginning of last year when she forgot to pack her lunch. Mrs. Q -- a pseudonym that this elementary school teacher u...

USDA Wants Potatoes Out Of School Lunches

AP | By DAVID SHARP | Posted 11.26.2011 | Food

PORTLAND, Maine -- Sen. Susan Collins, who hails from Maine's potato country and picked potatoes as a girl, is working to restore some respect for the...

Contaminated School Lunch Kills 3, Poisons 94

AP | Posted 11.22.2011 | Food

LIMA, Peru -- Peru's Health Ministry says food donated for a nutrition program became contaminated with pesticide in an Andean hamlet and poisoned 89 ...

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.

How To Deal With Food Allergies In The Cafeteria

Posted 11.08.2011 | Parents

Karen McEwan's school cafeteria has an "allergy table" with a "peanut free" sign on it. The Portland, Ore., kindergarten teacher reports that schoo...

Eating Better for a Successful Start to School: 5 Things You Should Know

Karen Latimer | Posted 10.29.2011 | Parents
Karen Latimer

For so many reasons, one of the best things you can do for your kids is to teach them a healthy relationship with food. They will follow your example.