As Lobbyists and Politicians Shout It Out Over School Lunch, Can Parents Be Heard?” (by Bettina Elias Siegel), October 8, 2014

Why I Play the Mom Card” (by Bettina Elias Siegel), May 12, 2014

What We’re Reading Now” Mark Bittman, June 25, 2015 (linking to a Lunch Tray post)

What We’re Reading Now” Mark Bittman, June 4, 2015 (linking to a Lunch Tray post)

“What We’re Reading Now” Mark Bittman, September 27, 2013 (linking to a Lunch Tray post)

What We’re Reading Now” Mark Bittman, October 10, 2013 (linking to a Lunch Tray post)

“A Fight About Beef:  Why to Avoid Pink Slime” (Letter to the Editor by Bettina Elias Siegel, May 21, 2012)

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Fighting Food: Consumers Revolt Online,” (quoted/featured), July 20, 2014

Texas Monthly

The Houston Mom Taking on Big Ag,” (featured) March 12, 2014

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20 Most Influential Moms: First Annual Awards,” (May, 2015) Siegel named an “influential mom” along with Jessica Alba, Christy Turlington Burns, Shannon Watts, Kristi Yamaguchi, former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and others.

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Elizabeth Street named Siegel one of the “15 Most Important Moms in the Food Industry,” along with Katie Couric, Michelle Obama, Laurie David and others. (February 14, 2014)

March 21, 2012 broadcast

March 26, 2012 broadcast

April 3, 2012 broadcast

Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show, Anderson, March 29, 2012 (“Renegade Moms“)

(clips: one, two and three.)

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April 1, 2012 broadcast

October 30, 2011 broadcast

“Queens Parents Bellyache at School ‘Brunch,'” September 4, 2012.

“Pink Slime Outrage Goes Viral in Stunning Display of Social Media’s Power,” April 20, 2012

New York Mayor Bloomberg v. Big Soda,” (by Bettina Elias Siegel), May 31, 2012

“How My ‘Pink Slime’ Petition Took Off,”  (by Bettina Elias Siegel), April 6, 2012

Social Media Turn Up Heat on Food Industry” (March 28, 2012)

Kellogg’s Kashi Latest Target as Web Food Fight Spreads”  (May 7, 2012)

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Why Some Schools Have “Cupcake Amnesty” and Others Have Cupcake Bans,” January 15, 2015

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Siegel regularly provides original content for Civil Eats, as well as selected Lunch Tray cross-posts. All of those pieces are collected here.

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McDonald’s Targets Teachers and Students to Boost Flagging Sales,” December 15, 2014

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 The Lunch Tray’s Twitter feed selected by Food Tank as one of “118 Twitter Feeds Every Food Activist Needs to Follow

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“A Reluctant School Food Advocate,” April 29, 2013.

Was 2014 a Watershed Year for Food Politics?” December 8, 2014

Op-Ed: New Agriculture Commissioner Steps Backwards on School Lunches” (by Bettina Elias Siegel)  January, 15, 2015

Op-Ed: Texas Students’ Meals Face Unwise Waiver,” (by Bettina Elias Siegel)  July 13, 2014

Dispute over school lunch requirements shows need for education,” (quoted) May 27, 2014

Op-Ed: Letting China Send Us Its Chicken Is Not a Good Idea,” (by Bettina Elias Siegel), March 7, 2014

Food activist goes to the mat again – this time over a chicken-from-China tempest,” (feature story about Bettina Elias Siegel) February 20, 2014.

Siegel chosen as one of “Houston’s 41 Most Fascinating People,” December 6, 2012.

School Food Battles Move From Pink Slime to Cupcakes,” (feature story about Bettina Elias Siegel), September 24, 2012

Op-Ed:  “Now’s Time to Rethink HISD Food Program” (by Bettina Elias Siegel) (December 16, 2011)

Op-Ed:  “Providing Healthy Choices Only First Step for HISD” (by Bettina Elias Siegel) (August 28, 2010)

“Better Food for Thought:  Local districts offer less fat, more imagination in effort to make students healthier” (quoted) (August 22, 2010)

Op-Ed: “Breakfast of Champions:  HISD should keep pushing to make its free breakfasts healthy” (Lunch Tray mentioned)(July 3, 2010)

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Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller drops deep-fried food ban in schools,” June 18, 2015

Agriculture commissioner declares end to ban on home-brought sweets,” January 12, 2015

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Pink Slime and the Power of Online Petitions,” (March 6, 2015)

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“Fried Food In School Cafeterias: ‘It’s About Freedom and Liberty,’ Says Ag Commissioner” (Austin, TX NPR, April 20, 2015 broadcast)

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Concerns Rising Over China Processing U.S. Chicken” (May 20, 2014 broadcast)

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FDA Allows US Chicken Processed in China to be Sold Here” (February 14, 2014 broadcast)

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Appeared on Houston Public Media’s Houston Matters daily radio show to discuss school food waste, December 9, 2014 (segment begins at the 16:15 mark).

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“Sid Miller’s Cupcake Amnesty Changed Nothing,” March 3, 2015 (quoted)

Selected Lunch Tray posts regularly appear on The Huffington Post

 “Can Your School Afford Healthier Cafeteria Food?” (June 14, 2011)

The Family Dinner – An Interview with Laurie David” (May 6, 2011)

Blog profiled in Yum-O’s “How Cool Is That?” feature, February, 2011, and the March, 2011 Yum-O Newsletter

The Lunch Tray’s essay,”Legislate, Educate and Inoculate to Create Food-Savvy Kids,” chosen by a panel of expert judges (including former FDA commissioner David Kessler) as a winning entry in Slate‘s childhood obesity crowd-sourcing effort, March, 2011

Chosen as a Blog of the Month, November, 2010

“In War Against Obamas, Palin Drops Cookie Bomb,” November 10, 2010

Named one of the “Top 25 Foodie Mom Bloggers” by Circle of Moms readers (March, 2011)

Named a “Food Hero” by the Allergy Kids Foundation, January, 2011.

Selected Lunch Tray posts are periodically reprinted on

“The Current State of HISD School Food” (by Bettina Elias Siegel) (January 2011)

“Buzz Eats:  The New School Lunch” (August 2010)

“What’s For Dinner?” (September 2012)

“The Lunch Tray:  Why I Hate Cupcakes in the Classroom” (by Bettina Elias Siegel) (November 22, 2010)

“HISD’s menu changes provide food for thought” (by Bettina Elias Siegel) (September 1, 2010)

From Animal Crackers to School Lunch Trays (guest blog by Bettina Elias Siegel) (July 2, 2010)

“You Are What You Eat” (January 27, 2011)
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