June 18, 2014 |
First, the nation agreed that its children are too heavy and unhealthy. Then, the federal government - Democrats and Republicans together channeling scientific research - hammered out ideas to reduce fat, calories, and salt in school meals. Now, that harmonious effort is splintering as a food fight embroiling Congress, health professionals, the White House, and even cafeteria workers threatens to rage through the summer and disrupt lunch period come September. In an odd twist, the School Nutrition Association (SNA)
February 21, 2014 |
Students in Penny Greenberg's culinary-arts classes have a term for the hoagies, pizza, and chicken nuggets served in the cafeteria. "They call it 'freebie food,' " said Greenberg, who teaches at Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School. Almost all of its students are eligible for free lunches - and although some think the food is OK, others apparently feel they're getting what they've paid for. In the next month or so, though, the menu at Dobbins will get a special addition: Louisiana-style spicy chicken with collard greens and served with red beans and rice.
April 17, 2013 |
By Alfred Lubrano In his recent annual budget proposal for fiscal year 2014, President Obama calls for fixing the so-called "hunger cliff. " This refers to a provision that would, if not altered, take away $20 to $25 a month from food-stamp recipients across America on Nov. 1. The cut was originally made to pay for improvements in school meals to combat obesity. Obama at the time pledged to restore the funding cut when he could. He's now making good on that pledge.
March 1, 2013 |
Children who eat breakfast in school do better in math and miss fewer class days than those who don't, according to a new national study released Wednesday. "The simple act of feeding kids a healthy school breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health, and economic futures," the study concluded. The report was created for Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America through its No Kid Hungry campaign. The study, called "Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis," was done pro bono by Deloitte, an accounting consulting firm that also performs community-service work.
November 23, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Mayor Cory Booker and a Twitter follower plan to try to live on food stamps for at least a week, the mayor has announced. The idea stemmed from a back-and-forth conversation between Booker and a woman who goes by the name TwitWit and uses the handle @MWadeNC. They began talking about the idea Sunday night while discussing the role the government should play in funding school breakfast and lunch programs. Booker said Tuesday that he intended to follow through with the plan.
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.
October 3, 2011
It's a shame that thousands of youngsters in New Jersey public schools are needlessly missing a chance to start their day with a nutritious breakfast. New Jersey has one of the lowest school breakfast participation rates in the country. For the 2009-10 school year, only 28.7 percent of the eligible children statewide received a free or reduced-price school breakfast. Districts are doing a much better job with lunch, with 77.8 percent of eligible children statewide receiving meals, but there is still room for improvement.
June 30, 2011 |
Hot, healthy lunches may be a thing of the past for some children as the Philadelphia School District closes kitchens at 26 elementary and middle schools throughout the city to help bridge a $629 million budget gap. More than 70 percent of the district's 315 meal sites - some built a century or more ago - already lack full-service kitchens and have served pre-plated meals for some time. Closing the 26 full-service kitchens and switching those schools to "satellite" meals will save $2.3 million, but advocates and child nutrition experts say the move is shortsighted - and could hurt poor children, who rely heavily on school meals for nourishment.
June 21, 2011
Summer meals starting With today being the last day of the year for public-school students, Mayor Nutter yesterday announced the start of the city's summer-meals program. Call 3-1-1 for the nearest summer-meals site. Children eat free at more than 1,000 sites, thanks to the USDA's Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, administered by the state Department of Education. Last year, more than 91,000 children ate summer meals. But that was still 47,000 fewer than the number of students who received school meals during the school year.
November 15, 2010
IN THE SAME WEEK that it was reported that a stunning 18 percent of Americans are still struggling to find adequate food for their families, conservative icon Sarah Palin was channeling a certain clueless, 18th century French princess. Let them eat cookies was the former vice presidential candidate's message when visiting a Christian school in Plumsteadville, Bucks County, on Tuesday. Palin brought along a couple hundred sugar cookies to mock the Pennsylvania Board of Education's recent recommendation to limit sweets at classroom parties in public schools.