Ed Bruske

School Food Reform: Enter the Lobbyists

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 2, 2011

The New York Times has an excellent article today describing the stiff opposition of the food industry (along with some Congressional representatives of potato-producing states) against current attempts to improve school food nutrition standards.  According to the report, over $5.6 million has been spent to date by lobbyists opposing the proposed school food rules to be […]


School Lunch Prices on the Rise Nationwide

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 20, 2011

For a long time now I’ve wanted to alert TLT readers to an important development — the rising price of school meals — but, frankly, out of sheer laziness that post has languished in my Drafts folder for months.  Today I got the impetus I needed when the New York Times published a front section story […]


My Problem With Jamie Oliver’s War on Flavored Milk

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 28, 2011

As those who’ve followed “Food Revolution” know, Jamie Oliver has decided to make flavored milk Public Enemy Number One. In the first episode of this season, J.O. filled a school bus to near-bursting with white sand to demonstrate how much sugar is in the flavored milk offered to Los Angeles USD students each week.* He’s also […]


Taking on Cookies and Milk

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 10, 2011

Two interesting posts from fellow bloggers to share with you. Christina Le Beau of Spoonfed wants to talk about that sacred cow, the Girl Scout cookie.  Although they’re beloved by many, the trans fats and other suspect ingredients in the cookies conflict with Chris’s nutritional and environmental philosophies, yet she has a daughter who’s now […]

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I noted today that Chef Ann Cooper posted on her Facebook page a request for donations to keep her innovative school food program, the School Food Project, afloat in the Boulder Valley School District. This article from a local Boulder, CO paper discusses the newly-launched fundraising campaign, and points up the very issue we’ve been […]


School Food Reform: Can’t We All Get Along? (We Can and We Have To)

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 2, 2010

In the last few weeks I’ve been surprised to find myself in the role of School Food Reform Naysayer, which isn’t what you’d expect from someone who serves on her district’s Food Services Parent Advisory Committee and its Student Health Advisory Council and who is a daily kid-and-food blogger.  If I really thought that school food reform […]


I hadn’t gotten a chance to share it on TLT, but earlier in the week, fellow school-food blogger Ed Bruske had a rather pessimistic post on the whole issue of school food reform. He was reporting on a Wash Po poll which showed that 47% of D.C. respondents are opposed to a new program that will […]


Ed Bruske on the CNA Authorization – Keep Your Lousy Six Cents

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 29, 2010

Ed Bruske has a thought-provoking opinion piece on Grist regarding the pending reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. Rather than taking money from food stamps to fund the negligible six cent increase for school meals, let Congress keep the money, says Bruske.  It’s far more important to pass the bill because it contains a provision […]

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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 […]


“School Food Superheroes”: Change at the District Level

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 20, 2010

I recently announced that I and a team of school food “superheroes” — Janet Poppendieck, Mrs. Q, Chef Ann Cooper, Ed Bruske, and Dr. Susan Rubin — are banding together to answer a Lunch Tray reader’s simple yet profound question — how does one parent begin to bring about change in school food? I’m responding in a series of three posts and […]

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