school food reform

A School Nutrition Director Gives Me a Wake-Up Call

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 23, 2014

Yesterday I attended a Houston ISD Nutrition Services Parent Advisory Committee meeting, something I’ve done almost every month during the school year for the last four and a half years.  And while I sat through the various presentations, I reflected on how much my feelings about school food professionals have changed since I walked into my first PAC […]

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It’s National School Lunch Week and it’s no surprise that the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and its allies are taking this opportunity to press their case for gutting federal nutritional requirements that would make school food healthier. The National School Board Association (NSBA), long aligned with the SNA on these nutritional roll-backs, yesterday released the results of a survey of […]

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Yesterday I shared a forthcoming New York Times Sunday Magazine story detailing the evolution of the School Nutrition Association from one-time supporter of Michelle Obama’s school food reform to its current role as an outspoken critic of that reform.  Times political reporter Nicholas Confessore does an excellent job of exploring the factors leading to this stunning reversal, which […]

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My Piece in the New York Times Motherlode Re: The School Food Wars

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 8, 2014

This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine will feature a major story on school food, “How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground,” and I was honored to be asked to interview the Times reporter, Nicholas Confessore, for a piece on today’s New York Times Motherlode. For those of you who regularly follow this blog and other sources of school food news, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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? ♥♥♥ […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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