Standing Up for Citizen Journalism

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 29, 2014

Back in July, many of you saw an Associated Press story which reported that “[s]everal food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network’s coverage of a beef product dubbed ‘pink slime’ by critics.” Because of my successful […]

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Girl Scouts Under Fire for Lending Name to Sugary Drinks

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 26, 2014

In recent years, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) has come under fire for a variety of issues related to the organization’s annual cookie sales.  Among other things, parents, bloggers and food advocates have questioned the cookies’ inclusion of trans fats and eco-unfriendly palm oil, as well as the organization’s lame attempt last year to pass […]

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School has now started all over the country and so it’s perhaps no surprise that my inbox has suddenly started filling up with emails like this one from TLT readers concerned about school junk food fundraising: They just sent home a fundraiser to sell dominos pizza cards to raise money for the school As a […]

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Military Leaders Urge Staying the Course on Healthier School Food

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 23, 2014

In 2008, a group of retired four-star generals, admirals and other senior military leaders banded together out of a growing concern that a significant segment of America’s youth are unfit to serve in the armed forces, presenting a serious long-term threat to our national security.  Now with over 450 members, Mission Readiness has since proven to be […]

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Needing a Doctor’s Note to Feed Your Child Healthy Food?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 16, 2014

Imagine that your child’s daycare center regularly offers snacks like Rice Krispies treats and cookies, and then demands proof of your child’s medical “disability” when you ask to send healthier food from home.  That disturbing scenario is a very real one for some parents, and today I have a reported piece in Civil Eats about this practice and the reasons […]

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Guest Blogger Katie Morford: Lunch Box “Sweetie Pie” Quesadilla

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 15, 2014

Today’s “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” post shares a delicious and healthy lunch box recipe from Katie Morford of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook: Raising Fresh-Food Kids in a French-Fried World.  (If you’re not familiar with Katie’s blog, you’re in for a treat: beautiful food photography, tasty recipes and excellent writing.)  Katie’s the author of Best […]

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Reader Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Lunch Gear from UKonserve!

September 12, 2014

Today we resume TLT’s fifth annual “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series with a giveaway of some great eco-friendly lunch ware from UKonserve. UKonserve was founded six years ago by two moms, lifelong friends Lynn Julian and Chance Claxton.  They’d always been interested in the environment and were shocked by the amount of trash […]

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Invoking the Cherished Bake Sale to Undermine the Smart Snacks Rules

September 11, 2014

Back in November, 2010, only a few months after starting The Lunch Tray, I wrote about running my children’s elementary school Election Day bake sale.  In that post I expressed a little bit of ambivalence about selling sweets to raise money  — ambivalence that would evolve over the next four years into outright activism against junk food in schools  —  but at the […]

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Guest Blogger Brenda Thompson: Five Tips for Choosing Reusable Lunchware

September 10, 2014

Continuing with “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series, today we’re going to focus not on what goes in the lunchbox but the lunch gear itself.   Brenda Thompson of the wonderful Meal Planning Magic shares here her top five tips for choosing reusable lunchware, and tomorrow I’ll post my recent interview with the founders of Kids Konserve — […]

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A Few More Thoughts on That Home Cooking Story . . .

September 9, 2014

Before we resume TLT’s fifth annual “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch Series” tomorrow, I just wanted to share a few more thoughts about yesterday’s post regarding an article, The Joy of Cooking?,” which posits that most women generally loathe cooking and that we’ve all been fed an overly romanticized view of the task by writers […]

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