childhood hunger

Last Friday, conservative Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker wrote an editorial praising the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) current attempts to roll back the nutritional improvements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), derisively referring to the legislation as “the first lady’s well-intentioned but disastrous school nutrition program, otherwise known as the Dumpster Derby.” In this regard, Parker is […]


Tomorrow’s confluence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah is widely referred to as “Thanksgivukkuh,” but I really wish Lenore Skenazy‘s clever “Thanks a Latkes” had taken hold! Whatever you choose to call it, this won’t-occur-again-for-79,043-years event raises all kinds of fun possibilities and, for those celebrating, I thought I’d share a few links. You can: […]


A few weeks ago, the Internet was buzzing over news reports that an elementary school in Richmond, VA — allegedly in accordance with federal law — is requiring parents to obtain a doctor’s note if they want to send a home-packed lunch to school with their child.   Then, this week, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff reported on his […]


Does Childhood Hunger Justify Food in the Classroom?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 8, 2013

A reader named Sheri left a thought-provoking comment on yesterday’s post in which I asked TLT’ers to chime in on a parent’s question about eliminating food in the classroom.  Sheri pointed out that many kids come from food insecure households and therefore my desire to eliminate all food from the classroom (articulated most succinctly in […]


One in two American children will receive food assistance benefits at some point in their childhoods.  That’s just one of the many startling statistics shared in the new documentary about hunger in America, A Place at the Table. In response to that film, Nicole Gulotta, founder of The Giving Table, recently launched an effort called Food Bloggers Against […]


Why I’m a “Food Blogger Against Hunger”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 1, 2013

Back in 2010, a few months after starting The Lunch Tray, I had an epiphany.  As I told you then: So there I was, contemplating a future blog post on the weighty issue of whether or not you should do cute things with your kid’s food, like making little heart-shaped sandwiches, when a letter arrived in […]


A Delicious Thanksgiving Recipe for TLT Readers

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 20, 2012

After this post I’ll be signing off for the week, but before I go I wanted to share a fantastic recipe for your holiday table — or any time. I was just in New York City and while there my mom treated me to a birthday dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, ABC Kitchen. […]


Every now and then I get a comment from a TLT reader that I want to highlight in a separate blog post so that more of you will see it.  That was the case with this account from a public school teacher named Brian.  Please read on: I enjoy this blog and read it regularly […]


Here’s an issue I’ve been wanting to write about for a while:  the way in which universal, in-class breakfast programs like the one in my district (Houston ISD), can create a conflict between two equally legitimate goals:  alleviating childhood hunger and preventing childhood obesity. The National School Lunch Program allows schools to provide breakfast, but […]


A Day Off From Blogging, Thinking About Hunger

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 21, 2011

Back when I started TLT I was the very model of blogger organization — I went out and bought this official-looking black notebook in which I laid out all my posts, weeks ahead of time.  That lovely system lasted . . . well, not very long.   These days, with a few exceptions, pretty much […]