First Lady Michelle Obama announced today that the White House is backing a national salad bar initiative for schools, despite uncertainties over how local health inspectors might treat those salad bars and USDA nutrition-tracking rules that could prove a major impediment.
Ann Cooper has created a parallel culinary universe where newly trained chefs forgo a glamorous restaurant career to mash potatoes for teenagers. But that's meant cuts for longtime cafeteria staff who only know how to microwave.
How Boulder schools went from pushing Ding Dongs and sodas to luring chef Ann Cooper to revamp their entire school-food system.
Fortunately, gone are the days when students had to identify themselves as too poor to buy lunch in order to get fed.
In my ongoing quest to find the cutting edge in the nation's chronically under-funded and frequently maligned school meals program, I recently spent a week in Boulder with Renegade Lunch Lady Ann Cooper.
School food advocates -- myself included -- who would love nothing better than to see reheated chicken nuggets and tater tots replaced with fresh food cooked from scratch, need to wise up to the fact that most Americans just don't care.
In order to boost school lunches by pennies per meal, the Senate says it must take $2.2 billion away from the food stamp program. That's a bit like picking the pocket of one panhandler to put it in the hand of another. Here's why the House should kill the increase.
Supporters of school gardens were thrilled with a new report showing that Berkeley's gardening and cooking initiative made students more eager to eat vegetables and choose healthy food. But a closer look reveals that while fourth- and fifth-graders benefited, middle-schoolers actually regressed.
Supporters of school gardens were positively giddy with news this week that a three-year study of a garden and cooking initiative in Berkeley, Calif., schools had shown students more eager to eat vegetables and make healthy food choices. But a closer look at the study shows that these positive results were attributed almost exclusively to fourth and fifth graders in two Berkeley elementary schools, and that students as they moved into middle school not only made little further progress, but actually regressed, even though they spent more time in gardening and cooking classes. The message seems to be that unless …