The Lunch Line  

The Lunch Line blog informs you on important school food issues and news with insights from Chef Ann, our executive staff, operations experts, and parent advisors.

  • Nov
    30
    2018

    Slowing down? Not a chance.

    Chef Ann Cooper hasn’t changed her tune much in the last 20 years. She still firmly believes that school lunches should be made from whole, fresh ingredients—as few as possible—and they should be delicious. Her simple and singular focus has earned her a national platform and committed following. On a...Read more

  • Nov
    14
    2018

    Chef Ann Foundation’s School Food Institute helps foster changes toward better food in Wisconsin and Colorado

    School Food Institute (SFI) is your front row seat in Chef Ann Cooper’s classroom. SFI offers online courses and in-depth training for food service professionals and child nutrition advocates who want to see real change in school food across the country. Through her work as Program Officer for the Read more

  • Nov
    14
    2018

    Project Produce and Salad Bars to Schools grants transform Tupelo Public School District’s cafeteria culture

    It’s hard not to hear the excitement and enthusiasm in Donna Loden’s voice as she describes her work with Growing Healthy Waves and Tupelo Public School District (TPSD) in Tupelo, Mississippi.“I’m really tenacious; once I lock onto a project and I’m passionate about something, I’m all in!” she professes. Loden is...Read more

  • Nov
    14
    2018

    Food educator, chef and mind body wellness coach Lindsey Shifley spearheads big changes in school food for Lake County, Illinois

    Lindsey Shifley has always been passionate about good food, food access, and the relationship between health and mental wellbeing—especially for children. After taking a personal approach to her culinary beliefs by changing the way she fed her daughter, Shifley became an ambassador for celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution in...Read more