school food

Our Trip to D.C. to Advocate Against Chinese-Processed Chicken

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 9, 2014

Yesterday we held our briefing in Washington, D.C. to inform members of Congress and the media of our serious food safety concerns regarding the processing of American chicken in China. The event was coordinated by the office of Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and was moderated by Tony Corbo of Food & Water Watch.  (Both Corbo […]


Happy Friday, TLT’ers!  I’m closing out the week with a quick round-up of links of interest: Gail Collins on School Food, Paul Ryan on “Empty Souls” Gail Collins had a great column yesterday in the New York Times on the never-ending politicization of school food, prompted in part by Paul Ryan’s recent (and, dare I say, […]


Last month I wrote a piece for Civil Eats describing current and forthcoming efforts by various factions to modify or roll  back some of the recent changes to school meals mandated by the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA).  In particular, one facet of the new school meal regulations has generated quite a bit of […]


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? ♥♥♥ […]


Shaming Kids for Unpaid Lunch Accounts: Some Better Solutions

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 10, 2014

In the last two weeks, both this blog and the national media have featured a rash of stories about children having their lunches taken away by cafeteria employees due to unpaid lunch balances, and I also told you about a generous Houston school tutor/mentor who recently paid $465 of his own money to clear the debt […]


USDA Permanently Lifts Meat and Grain Caps in School Lunches

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 6, 2014

Happy 2014, TLT’ers!  I’m kicking off the year with news of a positive school food development that occurred over this blog’s winter break. Several times last year I told you how school food professionals had been complaining about one particular aspect of the new school food regulations, namely the weekly caps imposed on grain and […]


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 […]


Join Me Tomorrow for a Free Healthy Schools Webinar!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 16, 2013

I’m pleased to let you know that tomorrow I’ll be participating in a free webinar sponsored by Healthy Child, Healthy World addressing “Easy Steps to Healthier Schools.”  I’ll be sharing some thoughts on effective school food reform advocacy, and I’ll be joined by Mike Schade of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, among other speakers. […]


In yesterday’s Lunch Tray post, I explained to readers how chicken processed in China could easily wind up in school meals, despite a Q & A on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website which gives a “no”answer in response the question “Will chicken processed in China be included in school lunches?” I’m pleased […]


Are School Districts Really Rejecting Healthier New Meal Standards?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 3, 2013

Last week the Associated Press ran a widely disseminated article indicating that: some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money. The AP story was picked up […]