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In late Could or early June, I prefer to rejoice The Lunch Tray‘s Could 26th “blog-iversary” by wanting by my weblog archive and taking inventory of the prior yr.

However as a result of I used to be writing Child Meals for many of 2018-2019, my running a blog output was fairly paltry: solely 24 posts. By means of comparability, within the 2011-2012 running a blog yr I apparently wrote 336 posts—which might solely imply I used to be usually posting greater than as soon as a day, since I by no means submit on weekends.  ?!?!   (I truthfully don’t know what was occurring there, folks—and don’t count on me to ever do it once more!)

However although I didn’t submit usually this previous yr, we did talk about some vital matters right here—most notably, the Trump administration’s controversial roll-backs of sure faculty meal dietary requirements. That worrying growth was adopted by information of two federal lawsuits difficult the roll-backs, in addition to the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s (very quiet) launch of its personal research indicating that these dietary compromises had been completely pointless. (I used to be gratified when my evaluation of that research was picked up by a lot of information shops, together with Civil Eats, the Related Press, and New Meals Economic system.)

This can be a good time to say that tomorrow Democratic lawmakers are anticipated to problem Brandon Lipps, the administrator of the USDA’s Meals and Diet Service, over these faculty diet rollbacks, in addition to the company’s current proposal to tighten work necessities on People who depend on meals stamps. This questioning will happen in a listening to held by the Home Schooling and Labor Committee’s civil rights subcommittee at 10:15 am EST, and I’ll share any information about it right here on the weblog.

One other subject we talked about this yr was lunch shaming, a problem that’s been persistently within the information ever because the New York Instances’s 2017 protection of a New Mexico state legislation—the primary of its variety—looking for to ban shaming practices. Since then, we’ve seen different states move comparable legal guidelines, however we’ve additionally seen a ensuing improve at school meal debt in lots of faculty districts. It’s a rising drawback that sadly can’t be fastened by the various heartwarming however advert hoc fundraising efforts that crop up after every new media report about lunch shaming.

All of this may increasingly clarify why at the least one federal legislator and one presidential candidate, together with a Washington Put up editorialist and the College Diet Affiliation’s personal spokesperson, have all not too long ago floated the thought of common faculty meals: that’s, providing all college students a free meal, no matter their household’s revenue stage. This purpose isn’t wherever near being a actuality, after all, nevertheless it’s fairly notable to me that it’s even being mentioned in public in a severe means—one thing I don’t recall ever seeing prior to now.

This latter subject is one I’ll discover in better element in my upcoming interview with Jeff Lew, aka “College Lunch Debt Dad.” He’s simply one in every of many individuals I plan to function this coming yr in my new Changemakers sequence, by which I’ll spotlight the extraordinary efforts of abnormal folks making an attempt to enhance our youngsters’s meals surroundings. The sequence will kick off tomorrow with my dialog with Andrea Sturdy, a mother and journalist who’s advocating for higher faculty meals in New York Metropolis—and should you’d prefer to nominate somebody in your personal group for the sequence, be happy to get in contact by way of my contact type.

As I now embark on my tenth yr of running a blog, I wish to specific my heartfelt gratitude to YOU, my beautiful TLT readership. 💕  With out your constant sharing and help of my work, I’d by no means have been in a position to maintain TLT for this lengthy. And I can’t wait to lastly meet lots of you in individual after I go on my Child Meals guide tour this fall!  Extra particulars on that in a future submit.


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