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Completely happy September, TLTers!

Everybody’s kiddos needs to be again to highschool by now, and I’m devoting in the present day’s submit to a bunch of faculty meals information gadgets I’ve been accumulating over the previous few weeks.

A Unbelievable College Meals Roundtable Dialogue

Civil Eats, the superb meals coverage every day, has been celebrating its 10th anniversary this 12 months with a sequence of roundtable discussions on subjects starting from meals security to farm labor practices. At present, it shares the transcript of its faculty meals roundtable, and I used to be honored to be a part of the dialogue.

I used to be joined in dialog by Janet Poppendieck, the Hunter School sociology professor who wrote Free for All: Fixing College Meals in America (the very ebook that impressed me to start out The Lunch Tray in 2010!); Betti Wiggins, the progressive faculty diet director who reformed Detroit’s faculty meals and the way is now working in my very own district, Houston ISD; and Homosexual Anderson, president of the College Vitamin Affiliation (SNA) and the college diet director on the Brandon Valley College District in South Dakota.

It was really thrilling to have the ability to take part in this sort of free-wheeling dialog with three ladies I so drastically admire, and because of the editors of Civil Eats for giving me the chance!

Extra College Meals Information

And now listed below are different faculty food-related information gadgets I’ve needed to share with you:

  • A Reuters replace on the 2 lawsuits pending in federal courtroom difficult the Trump administration’s faculty diet roll-backs.  [Up to date  9/10 so as to add: Numerous main public well being and different organizations, together with the American Coronary heart Affiliation, American Public Well being Affiliation, FoodCorps, MomsRising, and Nationwide Schooling Affiliation, have additionally filed an amicus transient in help of the plaintiffs in one of many two federal lawsuits towards the USDA.]
  • An necessary—and troubling—Washington Publish article about how ridiculously quick lunch durations are harming children.
  • A bit within the Guardian arguing that faculty cafeterias needs to be on the frontlines of adjusting meals coverage. (The author apparently has a whole ebook on this subject popping out in November, for many who are occupied with studying extra.)
  • A Boston Globe story from August, exploring the concept of common faculty meals to stop lunch shaming (I’m quoted.)
  • Grants at the moment are obtainable for college districts occupied with collaborating within the Chef Ann Basis’s intensive, three-year “Get Colleges Cooking” coaching.
  • An inspiring quick video I just lately got here throughout, created by the Tufts Friedman College of Vitamin Science and Coverage, reminding all of us that the Well being, Starvation-Free Children Act was a vastly necessary achievement for America’s youngsters—and one which should be preserved.

Assist With Lunch Field-Packing

Lastly, for these of you who at the moment are gazing an empty lunch field every morning and already really feel out of concepts (not gonna lie: I actually don’t miss these days!), I’ll log off with some inspiration to get you going:


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