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  • School Lunches = Pet Food?

    12/10/2009 6:37:56 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies · 1,000+ views
    760 KFMB AM San Diego ^ | December 10, 2009 | 760 KFMB AM San Diego
    School Lunches = Pet Food? Many of you may be quite picky about what you feed your children. So many parents these days, in a hissy fit of Whole Foods-fueled hippie-ness, boycott the likes of a Happy Meal. State governments, much like our own here in California, rail against ye olde fashioned childhood snack time staples like candy bars and sodas, banning schools from vending all things that aren't dried fruit and Nutri-Grain bars. And parents these days, in their infinite laziness and longing to be "one of the kids," push their children toward video games in lieu of real...
  • School cafeterias expand vegetarian options (Miami)

    12/08/2009 8:44:12 AM PST · by markomalley · 51 replies · 1,062+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/8/2009 | HANNAH SAMPSON AND KATHLEEN McGRORY
    For Ashley Valentín, giving up meat was easy. The hard part: finding something to eat in the school cafeteria. ``At first, there weren't that many options,'' said Ashley, 17, a senior at Miami Sunset High. ``There was always pizza. But eating pizza all the time is unhealthy.'' School cafeterias are taking note. While the Miami-Dade school district has long offered vegetarian items, it debuted three new vegan options this year: faux chicken nuggets, veggie burgers and hummus platters. The Broward school district also added veggie burgers to menus districtwide. And cafeterias are now offering vegetarian and vegan salads daily --...

    10/07/2009 1:35:24 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 5 replies · 417+ views
    NET | October 07, 2009 | swampsniper
  • White House Objects to Poster That Invokes Obama Children

    08/11/2009 5:56:22 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 40 replies · 1,485+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 11, 2009 | Kate Kilpatrick and Ruth McCann
    The posters went up last week in Union Station. On each of the large displays, a thought bubble rises up from a picture of a beautiful 8-year-old: "President Obama's daughters get healthy school lunches. Why don't I?" A Washington nonprofit that advocates nutrition-policy reform paid $20,000 to get its message across and...Metro gave it a go -- but the White House did not...the White House asked the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to take down the ads, which features a vegetarian who attends a Miami-Dade County public school that...offers no vegetarian or vegan lunch options. The Physicians Committee has declined...
  • Report: Obama Daughters Featured in Controversial Food Ad

    08/09/2009 12:14:34 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies · 1,946+ views ^ | August 05, 2009 |
    A controversial ad campaign featured in the Washington, D.C., metro area is comparing public school lunches across the country to what President Obama's daughters eat at their elite private school. reports that the ad, sponsored by Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, shows an eight-year-old girl speaking about the "healthy" vegetarian lunch choices Sasha and Malia Obama have at Sidwell Friends -- a Quaker private school in Northwest Washington, D.C. The girl then asks, "Why don't I?"
  • School’s Out, but Many Will Get Free Meals

    07/04/2009 6:00:47 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 766+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 5, 2009 | Winnie Hu
    ... Despite budget cuts, many schools and community groups are expanding their efforts to feed children from poor and struggling families this summer as the lingering recession deepens longstanding concerns that those who qualify for free meals go hungry once classes end. The number of students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunches was up about 5 percent nationwide this spring, to nearly 19.4 million from 18.4 million the previous year, according to federal officials. These new programs extend beyond school hours to feed children on weekends and in the summer, and they have spread from impoverished urban areas to suburban...
  • Over Weight Kids in California

    02/08/2009 9:25:32 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 34 replies · 870+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 02/08/2009 | JONDI GUMZ
    Sixty one percent of the kids at Watsoville High (Watsonville, California) are eligible for free breakfast or lunch provided by the taxpayers but instead head off for the local convenience store or fast food joint. Still it's all our fault that they are fat. Watsonville faces a growing number of overweight children By JONDI GUMZ Posted: 02/08/2009 01:30:41 AM PST WATSONVILLE -- Too often, children in Watsonville are eating food that is not good for them, and it shows. About 31 percent of Watsonville's children are obese by age 8, and another 23 percent are overweight, a study for the...
  • Thousands more in 5 cities seek school lunch assistance

    11/30/2008 1:14:55 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 35 replies · 926+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | Nov 30, 2008 | Lauren Roth
    Across South Hampton Roads, thousands more families have signed up for subsid ized school lunches for their children. "It'd be safe to say that has somethi ng to do with the economy," said Jay Ratliff, director of food services for the Virginia Beach school system, which is serving 2,000 more free or reduced-price lunches each weekday than it served last year. In the five cities, the percentage of students getting free or subsidized lunches - generally for 40 cents or less - has risen for two years, with the largest increases this fall. The need extends beyond the school doors.
  • It’s a Hit: Breakfast in the Classroom

    11/16/2008 8:21:08 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies · 764+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 16, 2008 | Javier C. Hernandez
    [Free breakfasts], handed to students in bags as they stampede through the doors of the school in Long Island City, Queens, are meant to increase the number of children who eat what nutritionists consider the most important meal of the day. Since 2003, the city has offered free breakfast to all students, rich and poor; about 1 in 5 eat it. Among students from low-income families who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch, 21 percent participate in the program, a level some educators have attributed to the stigma associated with showing up early for breakfast in the cafeteria. Studies...
  • Students turn a profit from candy sales [School that banned sugar now has "sugar pushers."]

    03/24/2008 10:59:18 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies · 1,061+ views ^ | March 20, 2008
    "It has created a little underground economy, with businessmen selling everything from a pack of skittles to an energy drink." - Jim Nason, principal at Hook Junior High School. VICTORVILLE — With candy sales banned on school campuses, sugar pushers are the latest trend at local schools. Backpacks are filled with Snickers and Twinkees for all sweet tooths willing to pay the price. “It’s created a little underground economy, with businessmen selling everything from a pack of skittles to an energy drink,” said Jim Nason, principal at Hook Junior High School in Victorville. This has become a lucrative business, Nason...

    03/16/2008 12:16:44 PM PDT · by Mr_Moonlight · 46 replies · 1,145+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 16, 2008 | ANGELA MONTEFINISE
    March 16, 2008 -- Joel Klein is a pizza-party pooper. The schools chancellor's food police have put the kibosh on a 20-year-old "Pizza Day" tradition at a Queens elementary school, opening the door for a citywide ban, infuriating parents and upsetting kids. "This borders on cruel," said Michael Teoduro, vice president of the PTA at PS 193 in Whitestone. "It's one thing that the kids really look forward to in school, and for no legitimate reason it's pulled out from under them." Pizza Day took place once a month, when kids would eat 90 to 100 pies from local shop...
  • Free Lunch Isn’t Cool, So Some Students Go Hungry

    03/03/2008 1:10:17 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 107 replies · 243+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 1, 2008 | Carol Pogash
    SAN FRANCISCO — Although Francisco Velazquez, a 14-year-old freshman with spiky hair and sunglasses, qualifies for a free lunch at Balboa High School here, he was not eating. He scanned the picnic table full of his friends in a school courtyard one day a few weeks ago, and said, “I’m not hungry.” On another day, a group of classmates who also qualify for federally subsidized lunches sat on a bench. One ate a slice of pizza from the line where students pay for food; the rest went without. Lunchtime “is the best time to impress your peers,” said Lewis Geist,...
  • U.S. Senator Pursuing Halal Foods for Muslims In New York Schools

    01/13/2008 6:35:50 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 55 replies · 265+ views
    Halal food in US schools BSS, New York The powerful US Senate is likely to witness a bill from Democrat Senator John Sabini, who is pursuing to ensure 'halal food' for Muslim students in schools of the city and the state as well. "The 'Halal Food Bill' will be placed before the State Senate shortly," John said at a fund-raising meeting in the city on Thursday. Bangladesh Expatriates in New York organised the programme, where John Sabini also said that he and some other Democrat senators have been trying their best to raise funds from US business community for the...
  • Halal Food in U.S. Schools (State Senator Proposes Halal Food Bill for N.Y. Schools)

    01/12/2008 4:29:16 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies · 9,292+ views
    The New Nation ^ | January 12, 2008 | The New Nation
    Halal food in US schools BSS, New York The powerful US Senate (sic) is likely to witness a bill from Democrat Senator John Sabini, who is pursuing to ensure 'halal food' for Muslim students in schools of the city and the state as well. "The 'Halal Food Bill' will be placed before the State Senate shortly," John said at a fund-raising meeting in the city on Thursday. Bangladesh Expatriates in New York organised the programme, where John Sabini also said that he and some other Democrat senators have been trying their best to raise funds from US business community for...
  • Kids with allergies ask rights panel for lunch inspections (Nanny state - Ontario)

    12/10/2007 12:06:40 PM PST · by fanfan · 95 replies · 147+ views
    The National Post ^ | Friday, December 07, 2007 | Chris Wattie
    TORONTO -- A group of Toronto-area children is asking the Ontario Human Rights Commission to force their school to launch mandatory lunch-bag inspections to screen out foods to which they have severe allergies, a case which could make all Ontario schools do the same. The six children, ranging in age from six to 11, contend that the local school board discriminated against them when it shut down a voluntary lunch screening program at St. Stephen's Catholic Elementary School, in Woodbridge, Ont., aimed at keeping peanuts, egg products or other potential allergy-inducing foods off school grounds entirely. Maurice Brenner, a human-rights...
  • "Fluff" flies in school lunch debate

    06/24/2006 8:57:05 AM PDT · by sully777 · 125 replies · 1,333+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:16pm ET | By Scott Malone
    BOSTON (Reuters) - When it comes to food, Boston is best known for baked beans and clam chowder. But this week, state legislators have engaged in robust debate on Marshmallow Fluff -- a locally made, sugary spread. State Sen. Jarrett Barrios started the tempest in a lunch box when he learned that his son's Cambridge grammar school cafeteria offered Fluff-and-peanut butter sandwiches daily. In a nation where child obesity rates have more than doubled in the past 25 years, Barrios fretted that was not a healthy option. Monday he proposed a law that would allow schools to serve the "Fluffernutters"...
  • Breakfast is served for students (An APPEAL for breakfast eaters in school district)

    12/13/2005 6:59:51 PM PST · by goodnesswins · 43 replies · 582+ views
    Auburn Reporter ^ | 12/13/05 | Mike Archbold
    BREAKFAST IS SERVED FOR STUDENTS Only a fraction of middle-schoolers in Auburn take part Only about 10 percent of the students in the Auburn School District's four middle schools take advantage of the breakfast available at the schools each morning. Nutrition supervisor Eric Boutin said the district wants to find out why and increase participation in the breakfast club. If they aren't eating at home, he said, it is probable that they aren't eating at all in the morning. And that's not good. Well-documented link The link between nurition and doing well in school is well-documented, he said. At Olympic...
  • Food could boost scores

    08/15/2005 1:45:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies · 459+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 15, 2005 | MARY MacDONALD
    Along with the usual french fries, chicken tenders and pizza slices, an extra helping of brain food is on the menu this year in Fulton County schools. Every student in the state's fourth-largest school system, which resumes classes for the new school year today, will get an extra dollop of vegetables or fruit at lunch. A free breakfast will be available to all students at the 13 schools that haven't met state testing goals. And on key testing days, teachers will give students a healthy snack: either fresh seasonal fruit or fruit juice. The free food has a practical purpose:...
  • Lunch Tabs Cost Schools Too Much

    08/07/2005 2:38:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies · 1,068+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | August 7, 2005
    Hillsborough County schools face a $1.6 million loss from students who don't pay for lunches. Given the protections in place for children of lesser means, the school board is right to crack down on those who run a tab. Hillsborough provides free lunches to children of low-income families and free breakfasts to every student. Still, a great number of children show up at school without money for lunch. The proposed policy would be lenient with elementary students, who can receive up to five free lunches. After that, if they still don't have lunch money, they will be given a peanut...
  • School meals around the world

    03/31/2005 2:50:21 PM PST · by jb6 · 6 replies · 822+ views
    guardian ^ | Wednesday March 30, 2005
    As the government announces an extra £220m for school meals in England, we look at how other countries feed their pupils Wednesday March 30, 2005 Scotland On a typical menu there might be a choice between turkey steak and two veg; cauliflower crunch and two veg; pizza; baked potato with salmon mayonnaise; a sandwich, roll or salad. This will be accompanied by a pick-and-mix bar of milk, juice, soup and bread, vegetable and fruit. Hungry for Success is Scotland's two year-old £63.5m healthy eating initiative. Chips are still on the menu, but no more than twice a week, and there...
  • School Breakfast Program in WI Embarassing

    03/17/2005 12:25:18 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 83 replies · 1,669+ views
    WKOW TV 27 ^ | March 16, 2005 | WKOW TV 27
    School Breakfast Program in WI "Embarassing" 03-16-2005 For the 7th consecutive year, Wisconsin schools are dead last when it comes to the most important meal of the day. Wisconsin is 50th in the nation when it comes to the number of schools that offer breakfast programs, and the number of low-income students It's a morning routine now for Anna Toppel and her brother Hunter. They've been eating breakfast at their school in DeForest for the past year. "The fact that they can go to school earlier, was the number one reason why we went with it," Anna's mother, Jodi Toppel...
  • No sweets in school? Fat chance / Candy ban spawns black market

    02/23/2005 1:15:30 PM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 40 replies · 4,792+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | February 19, 2005 | Matthew Obernauer
    Candy ban spawns black market; now some treats have returned. Jay Janner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN (enlarge photo) Austin High School sophomore Brady Myatt, 16, now has lower-fat choices such as wraps to order from food services worker Josephine Maldonado. The school is also trying to make its vending selections healthier. By Matthew ObernauerAMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFFSaturday, February 19, 2005When Austin High School administrators removed candy from campus vending machines last year, the move was hailed as a step toward fighting obesity. What happened next shows how hard it can be for schools to control what students eat on campus.The candy removal plan, according to students...
  • Schools ban lunch swapping: Lunch trades outlawed to protect kids with allergies

    02/17/2005 8:36:23 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 59 replies · 1,454+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 17 February 2005 | Kim Vo
    Lunch trades outlawed to protect kids with allergies ORMONDALE SCHOOL JOINS THOSE THAT HAVE APPLIED TIGHTER RULES By Kim Vo Mercury News In the underground economy of school lunches, third-grader Siobhan Rickert explained, the demands are straightforward: ``If you give me this cookie, I'll give you this pretzel.'' But no more. This month, Ormondale School in Portola Valley began cracking down on lunch swaps. No more trading mom's turkey sandwich for a peanut butter and jelly -- or exchanging chocolate chip cookies for, well, just about anything you want. Ormondale joins a smattering of Bay Area schools that have banned...
  • In experiment, three city schools dish out breakfast in classrooms

    12/02/2004 6:09:39 PM PST · by Missouri · 118 replies · 1,419+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | December 2, 2004
    Three St. Louis public schools are experimenting with a new way to make sure pupils get the most important meal of their day, by delivering breakfast to their desks. Aramark, the district's food service provider, launched the pilot project this week at Froebel, Ashland and Dewey elementary schools. All students and teachers in participating classrooms at those schools will eat free, regardless of whether they qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
  • Federal program brings fruits, veggies to schools

    10/01/2004 9:57:16 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies · 193+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Friday, October 1, 2004 | Karen Roebuck
    Students at four Pittsburgh schools will receive free fruits and vegetables at lunch and throughout the day as part of a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA Undersecretary Eric Bost announced the grant for 25 Pennsylvania schools and some in six other states Thursday after having lunch with students at Fort Pitt Elementary School in Garfield. Students in the packed auditorium roared when Bost asked if they liked chocolate cake; they were less enthusiastic when he asked about spinach. An expansion of a federal pilot program that provides schools with money for fruit and vegetables might...
  • Mansfield students launch lunch boycott after board bans in-school pizza parties

    02/10/2004 12:47:17 PM PST · by Willie Green · 47 replies · 557+ views
    The Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | Tuesday - February 10, 2004 | Maryellen Hill
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. MANSFIELD — No more pizza parties at Mansfield High School? A recent decision by the Southern Tioga School Board to eliminate such parties and other kinds of celebrations is not sitting well with students — and they´ve let their feeling be known by launching a ``brown bag boycott.´´ For the last week or so, a number of students have been shunning the school cafeteria, choosing instead to take their own lunches to school — and that´s had an impact on cafeteria finances. On Monday, school board members heard from two students...
  • Panel Set to Rid Fla. Schools of Junk Food

    12/30/2003 3:54:15 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 7 replies · 199+ views
    AP ^ | 12-30-03
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Potato chips, soft drinks and other junk food may disappear from Florida schools under 21 draft recommendations approved by the governor's task force on obesity. The 16-member panel headed by Miami cardiologist Zachariah P. Zachariah formulated its recommendations from more than 450 initial suggestions gathered during three daylong sessions during which researchers, dietitians, fitness professionals and others told members about issues ranging from school vending machines to the effects of stress on eating. In 2002, more than half of Florida's adults were overweight and nearly one-fifth were considered obese, according to the Department of Health. About...
  • School Board wants better than the usual cafeteria food

    12/28/2003 10:11:32 AM PST · by Holly_P · 8 replies · 694+ views
    Norfolk Virginian-Pilot ^ | 12/26/03 | Deirdre Fernandes
    PORTSMOUTH — School cafeteria food has long suffered a bad rep among students, but in Portsmouth some unusual voices are joining the chorus of complainers. Members of the School Board are grumbling about the food prepared by the division’s cooks and served at their biweekly meetings. The rolls may be buttery and the vegetables tasty, but the chicken is bland, and the desserts disappointing, the food critics say. Some board members have informally discussed dropping the division’s food services and hiring local downtown restaurants to cater the meetings. “This is going downhill,” Chairwoman Elizabeth N. “Betty” Hudgins said about her...
  • Kids Miss Out On Free Breakfasts

    11/08/2003 1:13:13 PM PST · by yonif · 47 replies · 197+ views
    WCCO ^ | Nov 8, 2003 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) Only 6.7 million of the 16 million low-income children eligible for free or discount breakfasts are getting them, an advocacy group said Thursday after reviewing government data. "Some of them are getting breakfast at home, and some aren't," said Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center. "We think every school should be offering breakfast to all kids. Achievement would be better and child health would be better." Still, breakfast participation has doubled since 1987, when 3.2 million children were in the program overseen by the Agriculture Department. It reimburses schools for the meals. The school...
  • Extensive Fraud in National School Lunch Program

    11/02/2003 6:42:17 AM PST · by Normally a Lurker · 22 replies · 169+ views
    USDA & Census Reports ^ | 10/10/03 | na
    Following is a letter sent a few weeks ago to a local newspaper reporter, at her request, to facilitate a potential article on the extent of fraud in the National School Lunch Program After our discussion a couple of days ago, I consolidated some of my notes from searching a few internet sites for relevant data on the National School Lunch Program (mostly using USDA and Census Bureau sites). Since you said you might discuss this matter with one of your colleagues who is adept at using Census data, I thought I'd send you the following info to share with...
  • Schools feeding into student tastes

    10/30/2003 1:49:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies · 130+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 30, 2003 | Suzanne Sataline
    <p>Third lunch unfolds at Shrewsbury High School with a drumbeat of sneakered feet. More than 400 teenagers with grumbling bellies descend on the cafeteria, spooling off toward the deli, the salad bar, and refrigerator cases. There is a whirl of choices: roast beef and herb spread on a baguette, Italian wedding soup, salad with fresh chicken and pert spinach leaves.</p>
  • New Jersey Court Upholds Family Cap Law Promoting Abortion, Court backs welfare limit for families

    08/06/2003 1:56:52 PM PDT · by Coleus · 33 replies · 684+ views
    <p>The law has divided pro-life and pro-family groups. Some pro-family groups oppose welfare and extra public funding for welfare moms, while pro-life groups say the family caps have been proven to encourage poor women to have abortions.</p> <p>The court, in a 7-0 decision, upheld the family caps.</p>
  • Proposed Cuts Could Impact Queens’ School Lunch Program (Liberal Barf Alert)

    05/01/2003 5:29:05 PM PDT · by I_Love_My_Husband · 14 replies · 290+ views
    Queens Chronicle ^ | 5/1/03 | Jessica Bruder
    Proposed Cuts Could Impact Queens’ School Lunch Program by Jessica Bruder, Chronicle Correspondent May 01, 2003 It’s Friday afternoon at Long Island City’s PS 166, and a girl is nibbling on a pizza crust while waiting in line to throw away her lunch tray. All around her, the cafeteria buzzes while kids eat their lunches, many provided by the government.    Four out of five children at PS 166, 948 out of 1,164 students in all, are considered poor enough to qualify for federally funded school lunch. But according to child advocates, many of them risk losing their subsidized meals if...
  • Poor and fat - A special problem in America.

    02/27/2003 4:20:45 PM PST · by Fury · 13 replies · 504+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 02/27/03 | Kate O'Berine
    February 27, 2003 9:10 a.m.Poor and FatA special problem in America. From the February 10, 2003, issue of National Review. When Bush budget officials recently reviewed the federal government's spending habits, they realized they weren't the only ones looking to trim some fat. Federal agencies, concerned with our eating habits, were proposing a host of initiatives aimed at fighting obesity; clearly, it isn't just the federal budget that needs a diet. About 60 percent of Americans are overweight, to such an extent that they risk health problems; 20 percent of us are obese; and 5 million Americans meet the criteria...
  • School Lunch Program Doesn't Help All

    03/13/2002 11:33:09 AM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 9 replies · 176+ views
    AP | 3/13/02 | AP
    WASHINGTON- One of every five kids who gets free or discounted meals at school may be ineligible because the family's income is too high, a government-commissioned study says. The Agriculture Department says billions of dollars in education aid, including grants for computer hookups, are divvied up on the basis of the lunch numbers, encouraging school officials to push the figures higher. Some 13 million children received free meals last year, and an additional 2.6 million paid a discounted price, a maximum of 40 cents per meal. quot;I don't want to decrease the number of kids that participate if they are...