August 26, 1990 |
Coatesville students will not have to pay more for their cafeteria lunches in September. The proposed rate increase for elementary, secondary and adult lunches in the Coatesville School District fell by the wayside Thursday, after two motions died from lack of approval by school board members. Board member Jean Irwin introduced the first motion for a price rise, which called for a 25-cent increase in district cafeteria lunch prices for elementary and secondary students and a 20-cent increase for adults.
August 11, 2011 |
After the tables were properly set, the ice water was poured, and everyone was seated, the chef greeted guests and described the lunch prepared for them: Beef lasagna with homemade tomato sauce and grated Parmesan cheese; roasted red peppers with rosemary; green salad with creamy herb vinaigrette; and for dessert, lemon granita. The table captains, outfitted in white chef's jackets, were summoned to carry trays of food and serve it family style. Not exactly the setting or menu you might expect for an urban school cafeteria, but such was the scene at Girard College in North Philadelphia last week, where 260 city kids ages 6 to 17 were having lunch at a camp program.
July 16, 1986
The Philadelphia School District has important responsibilities in the aftermath of a federal trial in which the jury found the Freshie Co. guilty of racketeering, mail fraud and obstruction of justice. The crimes took place eight years ago when bribes totaling more than $40,000 were paid to four school district employees to help Freshie get a $33 million school-lunch contract in 1978. Freshie has agreed to forfeit to the U.S. government $2 million in profits made from the contract.
March 21, 1990 |
At least once a month comes deli day at Indian Mills School in Shamong, but last Wednesday's deli lunch featured something different: Less cholesterol, fat and salt. To the delight of eighth grader Adrienne Capps, lunch also included kiwi. "Oh my, they have kiwi," exclaimed Adrienne as she gazed over the lean meats, fresh vegetables and low-fat dip and the selection of nine different fruits, including her favorite, kiwi. Adrienne's friend, Aubrey Moyer, also gave the fruit bar a thumbs up, saying, "It's much better than usual.
January 26, 2012 |
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years means most offerings - including the always popular pizza - will come with less sodium, more whole grains, and a wider selection of fruits and vegetables on the side. First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new guidelines during a visit Wednesday with elementary students. Michelle Obama, also joined by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, said youngsters would learn better if they don't have growling stomachs at school.
March 1, 1992 |
Eileen Walsh ironed the table linens. Jonathan Morgan pleated the napkins, fanning them upright across the plate. Carol Meliti stood ready to wait on the two tables of six. This was not the staff at a fancy French restaurant, but 12 students in the two-year sequential restaurant course at Haverford Senior High School who served a three-course lunch last month to 12 teachers and administrators. "It was five stars," said math teacher Judy Rice, holding up five fingers to evaluate the lunch, held every month during the school year.
March 28, 1995 |
When the House of Representatives voted on Feb. 23 to scrap the national school-lunch program in favor of block grants to states, liberals let out a howl of outrage. The Children's Defense Fund blitzed the Capitol with faxes denouncing the Republican "threat . . . to full and healthy development of our nation's children. " Democrats decried the move as an "assault on America's children," in the words of Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy. President Clinton, for his part, stocked up on tacos and canned pears at a Virginia grade-school political stunt.
April 10, 1986 |
A federal grand jury has charged the Freshie Co., its president, Anthony J. Pili, and three current or former Philadelphia School District executives with violating federal law in the bidding and awarding of school lunch contracts between 1978 and 1981. Freshie and Pili are charged with racketeering and mail fraud. Pili is also charged with obstruction of justice. The indictments, the first issued in a two-year investigation of the School District's food service contracts, were announced this afternoon by U.S. Attorney Edward S.G. Dennis Jr. The indictments also charged that Joseph R. Nagy, the School District's food service director, and former district officials Anthony J. D'Alonzo and Howard Cain had accepted bribes totaling more than $75,000 from the Freshie Co. and two other food vendors in exchange for "aiding and assisting" the companies in winning district bids, covering up overcharges and maximizing profits.
September 2, 1990 |
The cost of a school lunch will be taking a bigger bite out of the family budget in several Burlington County school districts when schools re-open this week. Increases in operating costs coupled with government cutbacks in food commodities have forced such school districts as Medford, Moorestown, Mount Holly, Evesham and Springfield to boost their prices. Medford's school board voted at its Aug. 13 meeting to increase lunch prices for its 2,500 students from $1.00 to $1.25.
January 28, 2003 |
I'll admit it: I'm unusual when it comes to food. I like to eat things that are green and red and yellow and purple, the crunchier the better. I enjoy weird stuff like kale and quinoa and, when prepared correctly, even brussels sprouts. I haven't eaten in a McDonald's in years. Don't paint me as an obsessive purist; I'm not. Anyone who knows me knows my seasonal weakness for candy corn, my occasional indulgence in french fries, and my continuing infatuation with chocolate. But generally, I don't do brown.