activism

Back in February, I was surprised and honored to be included on a list compiled by Elizabeth Street (with the help of food activist Robyn O’Brien) of the “Top 15 Most Important Moms in the Food Industry.”  I shared the link on Twitter that day, and doing so sparked an interesting conversation with some of my favorite food […]

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A Lunch Tray Wednesday Buffet!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 19, 2014

In the old days on this blog, I’d serve up a “Friday Buffet” of news tidbits that didn’t fit anywhere else.  Today I’m bringing back the Buffet to share these little goodies with you: Update on Chicken Petition First, I wanted to let you know that our petition regarding chicken from China is now at […]

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Yesterday a Lunch Tray reader wrote to me seeking advice about improving the snacks in her child’s public pre-school, snacks which sometimes include items like highly processed Uncrustables and chocolate milk.   This reader was also disturbed that some classroom projects, like cookie-making, involved a lot of sugar.  She ended her email to me with […]

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Most of us now have our kids back in school or we soon will.  And for some parents, that means returning kids to classrooms rife with unwanted candy rewards, food-based classroom birthday celebrations, junk food sold “a la carte” in the cafeteria, vending machines with sugary juice and sports drinks, and highly processed, chemical-laden school […]

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School Food Reform: One-Stop Shopping on TLT

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 11, 2010

Those of you who followed the “School Food Superheroes” series got the benefit of hearing from me and from five leading school food reformers (Janet Poppendieck, Ed Bruske, Mrs. Q, Dr. Susan Rubin and Chef Ann Cooper) on how to begin to change the food environment at your own school (or school district). Now that the series is concluded, I’ve […]

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“School Food Superheroes:” Dr. Susan Rubin Responds!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 8, 2010

[Ed. Note: Recently a Lunch Tray reader asked a very basic question — how can one parent begin to change school food?  I responded to the reader in a series three posts: Part One offered advice for bringing about change at the classroom level (e.g., teacher rewards and snacks); Part Two dealt with changing the school-wide […]

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“School Food Superheroes:” Janet Poppendieck Responds!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 4, 2010

[Ed. Note: Recently a Lunch Tray reader asked a very basic question — how can one parent begin to change school food?  I responded to the reader in a series three posts: Part One offered advice for bringing about change at the classroom level (e.g., teacher rewards and snacks); Part Two dealt with changing the school-wide food culture (fundraisers, […]

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A Mother and School Food Advocate Tells It Like It Is

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 29, 2010

As we approach tomorrow’s deadline for the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, CNN/Eatocracy has this interview with Dana Woldow, a parent and school food advocate in San Francisco. I love Woldow’s clear-eyed assessment of the problems schools face in improving food.  For example, although she applauds the attention that Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools […]

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“School Food Superheroes” — Ed Bruske (The Slow Cook) Responds!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 22, 2010

[Ed. Note: Recently a Lunch Tray reader asked a very basic question — how can one parent begin to change school food?  I responded to the reader in a series three posts: Part One offered advice for bringing about change at the classroom level (e.g., teacher rewards and snacks); Part Two dealt with changing the […]

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“School Food Superheroes” – Chef Ann Cooper Responds!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 21, 2010

Recently a Lunch Tray reader asked a very basic question — how can one parent begin to change school food?  I responded to the reader in a series three posts:  Part One offered advice for bringing about change at the classroom level (e.g., teacher rewards and snacks); Part Two dealt with changing the school-wide food […]

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