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Dana Woldow on The Tools of School Food Advocacy

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 18, 2012

Sorry to have been AWOL these past few days – this blogger has been seriously under the weather!  :-( But I’m back to work today and wanted to share with you another solid article from Dana Woldow, the school food reformer in San Francisco USD.  In this piece she asks, “What Is a School Food […]


School Food News, International Edition

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 16, 2012

Happy Monday!  I thought I’d kick off the week with a few school food stories from around the world: England The Southwark district of Central London recently instituted free school lunch for all children, regardless of income level, as a means of reducing stigma in the lunch room.  But Southwark has come under fire by some critics, who […]


Two Good Articles on Social Stigma in the Lunch Room

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 10, 2012

While the blog was devoted exclusively to the LFTB issue, San Francisco school food reformer Dana Woldow (creator of the immensely useful school food reform how-to site, PEACHSF.org) wrote two important articles in Beyond Chron about an issue often discussed here on TLT:  social stigma in the school cafeteria. As I first wrote in “A La Carte […]


A New Book From School Food Expert Kate Adamick: “Lunch Money”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 29, 2012

Back in December I wrote an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle urging my school district to consider moving from the use of a food service management company (Aramark) to operating its own school food program.  In the piece I also mentioned a forthcoming book from school food expert Kate Adamick which argues that fresher, scratch-cooked school […]

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TLT Documentary Film Review: “Lunch”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 2, 2011

One of the fun things about writing this blog is sometimes getting to review books and films relating to kids and food.  Over the summer, Avis Richards of the Birds Nest Foundation was kind enough to send me a screener DVD of the foundation’s 2010 film entitled, simply enough, Lunch.   Here’s a preview: Lunch is […]


One of the events that led to my starting The Lunch Tray was picking up a copy of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America.  It’s a comprehensive analysis of all that’s wrong with today’s school food program (and some innovative ideas on how to fix it) and I found reading it to be an […]

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Some Thoughts from a Lunch “Lady” Named Ryan

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 5, 2011

Chef Ann Cooper’s The Lunch Box organization recently shared with me a post from their blog and offered to let me repost it here.  It’s written by Ryan Andrews, a registered dietitian who, according to The Lunch Box, was impressed with the daily need to consult his adult clients on healthy eating habits they should have […]


For a long time I’ve wanted to write on TLT about School Food FOCUS (Food Options for Children in Urban Schools), a national collaborative that brings together the thirty largest school districts in the country to improve school food.  I’d first read about FOCUS in Janet Poppendieck’s Free for All: Fixing School Food in America, and later […]


Happy Birthday, TLT! (Reflections on a Year of Blogging)

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 26, 2011

On May 25th last year, I had lunch with my writing group and tentatively raised an idea that had been niggling at me for a week or two.  I’d recently joined our district’s Food Services Parent Advisory Committee (reluctantly because, after all, my own kids won’t even eat school food), and then, realizing how much I had […]


On a flight to New York City this past weekend, I was catching up on a project for our School Health Advisory Council when my seat mate noticed the Houston ISD logo on my paperwork.  She asked if I worked for the district, so I explained what I was doing and that I write The […]