A New Initiative to Get Junk Food Out of Classrooms

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 1, 2014

I’ve written a lot over the years (really, A LOT – see the Related Links below) about junk food in school classrooms, whether distributed by teachers as rewards for good behavior and academic performance or served as part of birthday or classroom celebrations. It’s important to note that these practices are not addressed by the new federal Smart Snacks in School […]


Does Childhood Hunger Justify Food in the Classroom?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 8, 2013

A reader named Sheri left a thought-provoking comment on yesterday’s post in which I asked TLT’ers to chime in on a parent’s question about eliminating food in the classroom.  Sheri pointed out that many kids come from food insecure households and therefore my desire to eliminate all food from the classroom (articulated most succinctly in […]


Between my recent laptop crash and this mysterious “Lunch-Tray-third-anniversary-project” I keep alluding to on Facebook, I’m falling woefully behind on various promised posts.  One such post is the answer to a question left on TLT’s Facebook page by a reader named Allison who is concerned with junk food in her child’s classroom.  Since I’m pressed […]


My Response To The Teacher Defending Junk Food Classroom Rewards

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 1, 2013

Yesterday’s letter from Paul, a former high school teacher who defended the use of junk food classroom rewards, received an overwhelming response.  And, as you might expect given this self-selecting readership, most Lunch Tray readers didn’t take too kindly to Paul’s position. I thought it would be worthwhile to highlight just two or three of […]


Junk Food School Rewards: Restaurants Get In On The Action

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 14, 2012

Chris Liebig of A Blog About School (and a very popular past TLT guest blogger) shared with me a post he wrote yesterday in which he describes how his school is handing out Dairy Queen coupons for perfect attendance.  Chris points out how this scheme is misguided in about ten different ways – his post […]


Food In the Classroom: Teachers Speak Out

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 26, 2012

Yesterday’s manifesto against food in the classroom, which I pounded out at my keyboard in a fit of complete frustration and anger, has clearly resonated with a lot of people.  With three exceptions (two of which I couldn’t print because they contained such foul language), comments posted here and on Twitter and Facebook have uniformly […]