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.
Making your next selfie count
Childhood Obesity is a national epidemic in this country. One third of our nation's children are on track to get type II diabetes, primarily because of poor diets. Over 30 million children eat school lunch every day, and many of their meals are processed, heat-and-serve items. Imagine the impact if schools...Read more
Food companies are changing the formulas of their junk food so they meet government standards for school meals and snacks.
School food vendors are promoting their new, exciting products for school lunch and breakfast – and they're not exactly healthy. It doesn't take a detective to see what's going on here. Food companies are changing the formulas of their junk food so they meet U. S. Department of Agriculture standards for school...Read more
Chef Ann Foundation Partners with Litehouse Foods
Tasty salad dressings encourage students to eat more salad, but prepared dressings are loaded with fat, sugar, and sodium that do more harm than good. While we believe that scratch-cooked dressings are the best option, we also recognize that many schools don’t have the facilities, staff, resources, or budget to...Read more
The Child Nutrition Act is up for reauthorization again.
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 led to incredible improvements in our nation's childhood nutrition programs, but upcoming reauthorization of the act could put key provisions ensuring healthy school food in jeopardy. Chef Ann explains what you can do to stay informed and get involved in saving school lunch. Read the...Read more
'What I ask ... is that we ensure all children, including those who are less fortunate, have access to healthy food.'
In a follow up to her blog post about "Opting Out" of school lunch, Chef Ann explains why "Opting In" to healthy school food for all children is important and how parents can help. Read the blog post: "Opting In to Support Healthy School Food for All...Read more
All children, regardless of their circumstances, deserve safe, nourishing and delicious school meals
Some parents think the solution to unhealthy school meals is to opt out of the school food program completely. Chef Ann explains other, better options. Read the blogpost: "School Lunch: Opting Out is Not an Option" (U. S. News and World Report) Interested in reading more helpful articles from us? Read more
An Interview with Executive Director Mara Fleishman
Mara Fleishman is a force to be reckoned with in the world of school food reform. Her passion for ensuring that every child has access to healthy, nourishing food at school is contagious—after all, Mara’s drive is what brought Chef Ann Cooper to Boulder, Colorado, where Chef Ann would transform...Read more
School food plays a big role in establishing healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.
Laws that govern childhood nutrition could change drastically in the coming months, and groups are already maneuvering to make sure their special interests are met. This blogpost helps you understand the Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization Act and why it's important. Read the blogpost: "What is the Child Nutrition Act...Read more
We must maintain school cafeteria standards that ensure our children’s health.
This year, the Child Nutrition Act is up for reauthorization, and special interest groups are already lobbying Congress to roll back crucial progress in the fight for healthier school food for all children. This blogpost provides insight into why one group that represents school food professionals would ask for...Read more
We need to help children realize that the pleasures of junk food are just an illusion.
What is "Food Truth" and why does it matter? Big business makes big profits through deceptive marketing, like calling their products "healthy" and "natural" when they're not. Read this U. S. News & World Report blogpost to understand why nutritional health starts with learning the truth about food and why schools...Read more
Ann Cooper, Alice Waters, and Jamie Oliver
I have worked in the sustainable food arena for just about 15 years now, and have been fortunate enough to be exposed to some pretty high-profile foodies and food activists, while working through exciting times like the emerging local foods movement, SNAP dollars used at farmers markets, USDA organics regulations...Read more
School food professionals are heroes. Let’s make sure they know it this holiday season.
Sometimes it's hard to take our eyes off the many challenges facing healthy school food, but in this U. S. News & World Report blog, I explain why it's important to pause and to recognize the individuals creating real change. Read the blogpost: "School Food Gratitude: a 2014 Retrospective" (U. S. News &...Read more
"It's not school food, it's good food."
Last week, Chef Ann Foundation founder and board president, Ann Cooper, and I had the privilege of spending the whole week in Minneapolis collaborating with our non-profit school food partners. The group included: Lifetime Fitness Foundation (LFF), a non-profit devoted to supporting school...Read more
Looking forward to what's on our plate in 2015
As 2014 comes to a close, we are so thankful to all of our supporters who share the Chef Ann Foundation’s belief that healthy food will build a healthy future. The generosity of individuals, foundations and corporate partners, stirred in with their enthusiasm for our mission, has helped us to...Read more
Taking the easy way out should no longer be an option
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