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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Do House Republicans Now Regret Picking a School Food Fight?

June 19, 2014

Maybe so. In a piece published on SF Gate earlier this week, Carolyn Lochhead reports that repeated delays in the House on the school food waiver vote indicate to Democrats that: Republicans have concluded they’re on the losing side of the school lunch fight, which has touched off a firestorm in Washington and schools across the country. […]

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Mental Health Break: Two Tips from My Kitchen to Yours

June 18, 2014

Between the current battle over school food reform, learning that one in ten children suffer from fatty liver disease, and a planned post tomorrow about Chinese-processed chicken and food safety, things have been getting pretty heavy around here on The Lunch Tray, no? So today I’m taking a little mental health break to share two tips from […]

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A School Food News Round-Up

June 17, 2014

The House of Representatives won’t take up the controversial school food waiver issue until next week, but there’s still news to share regarding the fight over healthier school meals: Former USDA Child Nutrition Director Resigns in Protest from School Nutrition Association The Hagstrom Report (subscription only) reports that Stan Garnett, former director of child nutrition at […]

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