Food Revolution

Researchers at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab have released a new study regarding school chocolate milk that’s getting some press. The study looked at milk consumption in 11 Oregon elementary school cafeterias in which chocolate milk had been banned.  After the ban, total daily milk sales declined by almost 10%, white milk sales increased by around 160 […]


Help Get Food Education Into Every American School!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 10, 2013

The longer I blog on The Lunch Tray, the more I become convinced that the keys to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic and improving kids’ health rest with kids themselves. That is to say, we absolutely must do what we can to improve our children’s food environment — school food reform, improved competitive food, reining […]


What’s Ahead on TLT

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 6, 2013

It’s the last day of school here in Houston ISD and if you’re a parent, I don’t need to tell you how busy I’ve been this week with various end-of-year activities and celebrations.  There’s been little time for blogging, but I wanted to share a few things and let you know what’s coming up in […]

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Will Ferrell As School Food Reformer? Why I’m Worried

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 1, 2012

The Huffington Post reported yesterday that the story of Jamie Oliver’s fraught attempt to improve the school food in Los Angeles USD, documented on his Food Revolution show last summer, is going to be adapted into a feature-length movie.   Ryan Seacrest (producer of the Food Revolution show) will be a co-producer of the film, […]


Really? 20% of Kids Surveyed Think Pasta Comes from an Animal

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 17, 2012

Well, that’s apparently true in Australia, anyway.  But would the results of a food literacy survey here in the U.S. be any different? We’ve talked a lot on The Lunch Tray about the sharp decline in food knowledge and cooking skills in America, a country which ranks last among 20 surveyed nations in terms of time […]


I am SO pleased to announce that Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution team have thrown their support behind our petition: Please go check out their new website, Stop Pink– you’ll see a prominent link to the petition, information about Lean Beef Trimmings, plus endorsements from supporting organizations and individuals. THANK YOU, Food […]


“National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day” Is Tomorrow

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 11, 2011

The School Nutrition Association, the association of school food service workers, has proclaimed this week National School Lunch Week and tomorrow, October 12th, is “National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day.”   On that day, parents are encouraged to to line up with a lunch tray, eat with your child, and talk to the people who […]


Blogger Alissa of The Simply Wholesome Kitchen  (she of the excellent pumpkin muffins) last week posted on TLT’s Facebook page an article from the New York Times which she knew would be of interest to me.  It describes how students at a high school in California are spurning the healthier offerings in their school cafeteria for […]


Here’s a potpourri of a few Jamie Oliver-related news items I wanted to share with you. First, earlier today Jamie Oliver spoke about the global obesity epidemic to the One Young World summit in Zurich, Switzerland — his first public speech since his acceptance of the TED Prize last year, according to his publicity team. […]


If you followed TLT’s “Food Revolution” Watch Party you know that Mentor L.A.’s Mike McGalliard, who had a big role on the show this season as the head of West Adams High, has been coming by the blog regularly to comment on my recaps and reviews.  So in my discussion of the season finale I […]