In this conclusion to my Cafeteria Confidential: Boulder series, I examine what Boulder can teach other U.S. schools: The government won't fix school lunch, but a fed-up community, led by a pro like Ann Cooper, can effect real change.
In response to an inquiry from Grist, the USDA has clarified that it will not oppose plans by a new public-private partnership, Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools, to install 6,000 salad bars in U.S. school cafeterias -- as long as they have a kid-sized sneeze guard.
The House finally joined the Senate in passing child nutrition legislation. Sustainable-food advocates are cheering, but the new law won't transform the dismal nature of school lunches.
Whether it's volunteering in the schools or writing checks to pay for kitchen equipment and training, Boulder residents have stepped up to make their school food revolution happen.
Increasingly, schools see breakfast in the classroom as a way of making sure that students are focusing on their studies, instead of on the rumbling in their empty stomachs. Here's how Boulder handles it.
With the White House's announcement that there would be funding for 6,000 new salad bars around the country, the Boulder school district, which has one in all 48 schools, should be a role model.
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, attempting to close a $188 million gap in the city's budget, has halted payment of some $4.6 million that was to pay an extra dime or nickel for healthier meals in D.C. public schools.
U.S. school food operations are at the end of the line when it comes to adopting modern technology. And that helps account for why they have trouble making ends meet under the federally-funded school meals program.
Boulder offers a rare glimpse into the carefully choreographed steps that must be taken to accomplish radical change in a large school district's food service. It's a work in progress.