Starting in 2014-15, two significant changes will be coming to school cafeterias.  First, under the new ”Smart Snacks in School” rules, we should see a big improvement in the nutritional content of snack foods and beverages sold to students from outlets like vending machines, fundraising tables and “a la carte” snack bar lines.  Another, less-talked-about change […]


Two days ago, I told you about proposed USDA rules, promoted by the First Lady and released on the fourth anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative, which would curb the marketing of foods and beverages on school campuses.  Specifically, if adopted, the new rules would restrict on-campus advertising during the school day to foods and beverages meeting the […]


Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA made headlines by announcing a proposal to ban the marketing of junk food and sugary beverages on school campuses.  Timed to coincide with the fourth anniversary of Ms. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, the proposal would restrict on-campus advertising to only those products meeting the relatively stringent nutritional requirements […]


The Spork Report: A Food Day Panel on School Food

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 17, 2012

For TLT’ers in the Houston area, please check out my post on today’s Spork Report with details of an exciting line-up of Food Day events tomorrow night, including a panel discussion (in which I’m participating) on school food. Hope to see some of you there!   Do You Love The Lunch Tray? ♥♥♥ Then “like” The […]


School Kitchen or Janitor’s Closet? You Decide.

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 1, 2012

Back in July, 2010, I was about two months into writing The Lunch Tray and had been involved in school food reform activities here in Houston for about five months. Due to the impending passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, school food reform was frequently in the national news.  In particular, there […]


Spork Report: A Nice School Food Story from My District

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 11, 2012

After a long holiday break I’ve resumed posting on The Spork Report, my Houston ISD school food blog which also appears on the Houston Chronicle‘s chron.com site. Today I share a story about a dedicated elementary school principal who eats the school lunch with his students everyday and who, when hearing complaints about a particular entree, […]


Is Aramark Leaving Houston ISD?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 7, 2011

It’s a possibility, as news breaks of an unexpected million dollar shortfall that may result in the non-renewal of Aramark’s contract. But what then?  Today’s Spork Report discusses the options and the future of school food in the nation’s seventh largest district. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 Bettina Elias Siegel


[Ed. Note:  This post appears on today's The Spork Report, my new HISD school food blog, as well as the Houston Chronicle's Chron.com] My first post on this blog contained a disturbing photo of one child’s meal in HISD: baked Flaming Hot Cheetos covered with nacho sauce, items the student purchased separately in his/her middle school […]


Spork Report: A Welcome Goodbye to Animal Crackers at Breakfast?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 3, 2011

[Ed Note:  The following post appears on my Houston ISD school food blog, The Spork Report and is also posted at the Houston Chronicle's Chron.com.] When I was once asked by Slow Food USA to explain why I started my daily blog about kids and food, The Lunch Tray, I realized that a packet of […]


Today’s Spork Report discusses openings on the HISD Food Services Parent Advisory Committee.   If you’re interested, contact your school board trustee to apply for an appointment. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 Bettina Elias Siegel