Child Nutrition Act Reauthoriztion

According to the Obama Foodorama Twitter feed, the House of Representatives has passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 by a vote of 264 to 157.    This is the Senate bill which reauthorizes for five years a variety of nutrition programs including WIC and, of course, the National School Lunch Program.  It will […]


Why Hungry Kids Sometimes Still Go Hungry in American Schools

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 30, 2010

A reader recently sent me a Reuters article describing a study from Canada which demonstrates (not surprisingly) that adolescents from food insecure households perform better academically and have better behavior in school when the schools provide meal assistance. The study reminded me that way back in July (and then again in August!), I promised to explain how […]


Child Nutrition Bill May Be Voted on By House As Early as Today

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 30, 2010

Sources on the Internet are reporting that the House of Representatives may vote on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 this week and possibly as early as today. I’ll keep you posted here.


Since this will be a short week on TLT, I wanted to do a quick-and-dirty link round-up to keep you abreast of some important kid-and-food developments. Child Nutrition Bill Still Pending in Lame Duck Session The child nutrition bill which would improve and increase funding for school food is still stalled in the House of […]


Via Chef Ann Cooper’s Facebook feed I learned of this post on Civil Eats, giving an excellent recap and update on where the pending child nutrition bill stands in Congress.  According to the post’s author, Adriana Velez, this week may be critical for the bill’s passage.  She writes: According to The Hill 80 percent of Americans […]


Update on Hunger, Food Stamps and the Child Nutrition Bill

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 9, 2010

Today the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) reported that almost 18% of Americans said in September that they’d struggled to afford feeding themselves and their families over the past year.   While that number is still much too high — almost one in five households — it does represent a slight decrease from 2009 […]


I just learned from Slow Food USA that the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is holding a virtual rally — going on right now — to protest the current state of school food, Congress’s failure to pass the CNA and its plan to fund any child nutrition legislation with money from the food stamp program. The Virtual […]


A Message from Jamie Oliver re: the Stalled Child Nutrition Bill

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 6, 2010

Today Jamie Oliver shared his views on CNN about Congress’s failure last week to pass the pending child nutrition legislation.  See what he has to say here. Also, over 600,000 people have added their names to Jamie’s Food Revolution online petition to improve school food.  If you haven’t already done so, click here. Thanks to all the […]


Le Sigh . . . Watch This Video About School Lunch in France, Then Weep

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 30, 2010

Thanks to my friend Alyce Ester (of the great online cooking magazine, Culinary Thymes), I learned of this recent CBS Sunday Morning segment on school lunches in France. You might want to get out some hankies before you watch this. There’s everything you’d expect from France and more: five course meals for three-year olds; locally-sourced, hand-prepared […]


From the Obama Foodorama blog: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has confirmed that the pending $8 billion child nutrition legislation will not be brought to a vote in the House before Members leave for the Autumn recess, a source tells Ob Fo. First Lady Michelle Obama has made passing the historic legislation a centerpiece of her Let’s Move! campaign, […]