Stunning and Perverse: SNA Challenges a Study Finding That Kids Like Healthier School Food

July 22, 2014

Imagine a restaurant getting a great review, only to have the chef call the newspaper to complain that the critic was sorely mistaken and the restaurant’s food isn’t as good as the review made it out to be. That bizarre scenario was all I could think of when I received an email yesterday from the School […]

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“Copycat” Junk Food in Schools – Why Is Anyone Surprised?

July 21, 2014

I couldn’t make it to last week’s School Nutrition Association (SNA) annual national conference (ANC) in Boston, but I closely followed reports coming out of the convention via Twitter and other social media. And one common refrain from some food advocates and reporters in attendance was surprise and concern over the glut of junk food promoted by some food manufacturers at […]

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Politico Spotlights the Power of Consumer Food Petitions

July 19, 2014

Just FYI, this weekend’s lead story on Politico, “Food Fight: Consumers Revolt Online,” discusses the ever-growing impact of online petitions in changing our food supply. The story features my successful Change.org petition in 2012 regarding the use of lean, finely textured beef (aka “pink slime”) in school food, and goes on to discuss subsequent petition campaigns on […]

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Politico’s Recap of the School Nutrition Association’s Annual Conference

July 18, 2014

Next week I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on the many reports that have come out about this week’s School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference in Boston.  But in the meantime, I thought this short video from Politico‘s Helena Bottemiller Evich was a great recap of the event - and the continuing school food fight in Congress:   More Lunch Tray […]

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Kids, Summer Camp and Junk Food

July 16, 2014

If you’ve been a Lunch Tray reader for a while, you might remember this “Hall of Shame” post that called out a summer day camp for actually requiring campers to bring four liters of soda and two dozen cookies per week. That was a pretty extreme example of a camp doing a poor job of feeding kids, but it certainly […]

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My Houston Chronicle Op-Ed re: Saving School Lunch

July 13, 2014

For those interested, I have an editorial in today’s (Sunday) Houston Chronicle regarding the current school food controversy. In it, I discuss how Texas (yes, Texas!) has been a leader in school nutrition, and how our congressional delegation should carry on that  proud tradition by rejecting language in the pending appropriations bill that would allow districts to opt out of improved […]

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Reports of Initial Progress in School Meal Talks

July 11, 2014

Today’s Politico Morning Agriculture Report says “[p]olitics stayed out of the room [Thursday] when USDA brought together school nutrition and health groups to hash out school lunch regulatory concerns, say sources who participated in the meeting.”  The full story is on paywall-protected Politico Pro but you can read the Morning Ag summary of the story here. My own […]

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Moms, “Food Fears” and the Power of the Internet

July 8, 2014

Dr. Brian Wansink, a professor of consumer behavior at Cornell University and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, has published a new study in the journal Food Quality and Preference entitled “Ingredient-Based Food Fears and Avoidance: Antecedents and Antidotes.”  This study, co-authored by Aner Tal and Adam Brumberg, seeks to determine why people – mothers in particular – develop so-called “food fears” about […]

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Will Change in House Leadership Affect the School Food Debate? (And More Kid-Food News)

June 20, 2014

With all that’s going on in the kid-and-food world these days, I’m getting sucked back into my old five-day-a-week posting schedule against my will!  :-)  Here’s the latest: SNA Asks For A Sit-Down with FLOTUS The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has asked for a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of […]

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Some Promising Developments re: Chinese-Processed Chicken

June 19, 2014

As many of you know, in January of this year I, along with Nancy Huehnergarth and Barbara Kowalcyk, launched a Change.org petition seeking to keep Chinese-processed chicken out of school meals and to prevent China from eventually shipping to the United States its own raw, slaughtered poultry. I became involved in this campaign last August, after stumbling upon a serious misrepresentation […]

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