The Case for Universal Breakfast: It Really Is the Most Important Meal of the Day!
By: Chef Ann Cooper and Sunny Young Eating a full and substantial breakfast can change your day. It can take you from a groggy and tired state to a ready-to-conquer the world mentality in minutes. It gets your metabolism going first thing and is essential to a healthy lifestyle.Read full story
Can a French Fry Nation Embrace a Rainbow of Vegetables?
By Chef Ann Cooper & Chef Beth Collins Walk into any typical public school cafeteria these days and you will see one staple across the board: French Fries. According to the USDA’s School Nutrition Standards, vegetables must be served every day and French fries are the most often served vegetable in schools.Read full story
What’s For School Lunch? High Fat – High Sugar – High Salt!
The Story of the USDA commodity food program in schools. One issue not often alluded to in discussions of fixing school lunch across the US is the USDA commodity food program. This program was designed to support agriculture by helping to keep prices high by buying up surplus agricultural product.Read full story
Food, Family, Farming Foundation
I helped to found the Food, Family, Farming Foundation (F3) so my vision for The Lunch Box Project (www.thelunchbox.org) could become a reality. The Lunch Box is an accessible web portal toolkit, free and accessible for all to use to improve how we feed our children each school day.Read full story
Why Do We Need to Sell Soda to Kids?
I recently heard that the superintendent of a large school district signed a contract with Coke, which would allow soda, sugar water and other drinks into the 72 schools of the district. The district has over 80% Free and Reduced students, is demographically diverse and mostly poor – an extremely “at risk” community.Read full story
California’s Budget Woes Equals Cuts on Our Children’s Plates
Yet again last night I found myself discussing the Nutrition Services budget for the Berkeley Unified School District. Berkeley has been extremely supportive in its efforts to bring healthy food to all of the students of the district.Read full story
Joan Gussow – Organic Twinkies and Now Organic Gummy Worms
I grew up as a chef under the tutelage of male European chefs, because in 1977 when I entered the esteemed halls of the Culinary Institute of America – male European chefs dominated the educational staff.Read full story
The National School Lunch Program – Time For A Makeover!
Sometime in late 2009 or early 2010, the government will vote to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, which funds the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). I believe that the NSLP is in need of a complete overhaul.Read full story
Not a day goes by without the media addressing America’s growing obesity crisis, and lately the discussion has settled on our children. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that if American children don’t get their weight in check, their anticipated health problems will significantly shorten their lives, and make them the first generation […]Read full story