school food reform

Dear Michelle . . . .

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 28, 2014

Dear Michelle, Can I call you “Michelle?”  I know it’s a bit presumptuous, what with you being First Lady and all, but for the last six years you and I have shared a beautiful friendship, one that’s no less special for being entirely one-sided. We have so much in common, Michelle, it’s no wonder we’re one-way BFFs!  We’re both […]


Earlier this year I wrote a piece for Civil Eats called “State of the Tray” in which I explained how some of the key gains of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) may be rolled back when the Child Nutrition Reauthorization comes before Congress in 2015. One of the most contentious issues under consideration is the current mandate that […]


State of the Tray: Are Healthier School Meals at Risk?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 18, 2014

I’m so pleased to have a reported piece up on Civil Eats today in which I examine the question of whether the gains of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act may be at risk due to industry pressure and students’ resistance to healthier foods. I hope you’ll take a look! Do You Love The Lunch Tray? ♥♥♥ […]


School Food Gets Its Close-Up, But Is It a Fair One?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 5, 2013

A lot of readers have recently asked for my thoughts on the Fed Up campaign, sponsored by Do Something, which asked kids around the country to send in photos of their school meals.  (While the project has been going on for a while, it’s gotten a lot of press in the last few weeks.) Over 25,000 people […]


I’m Profiled Today in Beyond Chron!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 29, 2013

As you may know from the many times I link to her writing on TLT’s Facebook page, Dana Woldow of PEACHSF (Parents, Educators & Advocates Connect ion for Healthy School Food) writes a regular and informative column in Beyond Chron, an online daily in San Francisco, in which she tackles all manner of food-related topics, […]


Yesterday a Lunch Tray reader wrote to me seeking advice about improving the snacks in her child’s public pre-school, snacks which sometimes include items like highly processed Uncrustables and chocolate milk.   This reader was also disturbed that some classroom projects, like cookie-making, involved a lot of sugar.  She ended her email to me with […]


Recently I did some housekeeping on The Lunch Tray by dividing up my “blog roll” (the long list of links down and to the right) by topic, so if readers are specifically looking for help with family dinner or need sources for food policy information, they’ll know right where to go. Within the important new […]


TLT Book Review: Kate Adamick’s “Lunch Money”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 10, 2012

Sometimes a blogger bites off more than she can chew:  I promised to review Kate Adamick’s book Lunch Money over the summer but it’s taken me longer than expected to get through my reading pile!  But I did finally have time to read Lunch Money and I’m glad to tell you about it here. For those who […]

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The Right Wing and The School Food Calorie Kerfuffle

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 28, 2012

The controversy over the new school food calorie limits is intensifying. Just to bring everyone up to speed:  the old school food regulations only had calorie minimums, which made sense given the National School Lunch Program’s original purpose of combatting childhood malnutrition.  Now in an era of childhood obesity, the new lunch regulations provide both […]


Me, In the Houston Chronicle!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 24, 2012

The Sunday Houston Chronicle had a really nice feature story about me and The Lunch Tray!    You can read the full piece here. I want to thank the reporter, Claudia Feldman, for taking time to speak with me about issues I — and most of you – care so much about:  trying hard to feed our […]