For the last year or so, the School Nutrition Association has been intent on creating the impression that school children are running away in droves from the new, healthier school food mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  This characterization, if true, would provide the food-industry-backed SNA with a strong justification for rolling back several key nutritional standards in Congress […]


Imagine a restaurant getting a great review, only to have the chef call the newspaper to complain that the critic was sorely mistaken and the restaurant’s food isn’t as good as the review made it out to be. That bizarre scenario was all I could think of when I received an email yesterday from the School […]


Book Giveaway: “Super Snacks For Super Kids”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 12, 2012

Well, I’m really spoiling my readers with book giveaways lately – it seems like we’ve been having almost one per week!  I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I enjoy getting to read all these new kid/food books. Today I’m giving you a chance to win Super Snacks for Super Kids.  I first learned […]


For me, the hardest part of daily school-lunch-packing is they way my list of regular lunch items seems to shrink over time, as old standbys fall out of favor and I just can’t seem to come up with new ideas.  By year’s end, we’re crawling to the finish line. That’s why I’m so excited to […]


Continuing with our annual September series, “It Takes A Village to Pack a Lunch,” I wanted to share a thought-provoking post by Dina Rose that originally appeared on her blog, It’s Not About Nutrition.  Even though Dina and I don’t always agree on every kid/food issue, I love the way she delivers sometimes unwelcome truths to […]


From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine: Summer Camps Go Gourmet

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 11, 2012

With many of us packing our kids off to sleep-away camp, be sure to check out the article in today’s New York Times on the growing focus of some summer camps on healthful, local and well-prepared food.   The shift from hot dogs to haute cuisine not only accommodates parents’ growing concerns about their kids’ diets, […]


Although regular readers of TLT may have a sense of my liberal politics, I generally try to keep this forum neutral and nonpartisan.  (Except when I’m talking about Rush Limbaugh.  Or the Heritage Foundation.  Or conservative pundits who want to end the school lunch program and let poor kids fend for themselves.  Or right wing […]


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 […]