Category Archives: School Lunches

Project Lunch: School Lunch Challenge

Project Lunch: School Lunch Challenge
Last Friday night, I had the honor of attending an event at Marin Academy, sponsored by Project Lunch.  It was an evening of discussion, inspiration, cooking and delicious food - all to inspire the transformation of school lunch programs to include seasonal, local and organic foods.  That's right - the kind that doesn't come processed and in plastic...shipped from across the country. What a concept - but can it be done? Special guests included Ann Cooper, The Renegade Lunch Lady, and Congresswoman...

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Let’s Eat. Right. Now.

Let’s Eat. Right. Now.
I am an emotional person; a passionate person, and I wear my heart on my sleeve.  Truth, inspiration and authenticity mean the world to me.  Food Inc. spoke to me (and I cried my way through it)... and I am on the edge of my seat, waiting for Food Forward, a new show on PBS, our local public television station. Who do you think is changing the way we eat? If you were the producer, who would you include in this documentary?
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School Lunch Reform – Stick a Spork In My Eye

School Lunch Reform – Stick a Spork In My Eye
Okay, it's time for me to tell it like it is.  It's not like I was lying to you before.  But I realize that I may have suggested that our school lunch reform efforts were all flowers and butterflies.  It's time for a reality check.  For you.  So you don't think that this is easy.  I'll be honest  - there have been many days when I have wanted to stick a spork in my eye.  But I haven't told you about those days because I didn't want to be a complainer.  And I didn't want to make anyone look...

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What is Gleaning and how does it improve School ...

Gotta love buzz words.  "School lunch reform" is all the rage these days. And you may have even heard about something called "gleaning." But really, what the heck is it...and most importantly, how does it help your kids? Check out the efforts of Marin Organic and how gleaning not only benefits our students but our local organic farms, as well. Is there anything like this in your community? If so, we'd love to hear your local success stories.
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New Salad Bars: We Have a Lot to Learn

I suppose the best way to learn how to have a salad bar at your school is simply to jump in with two feet.  We prepared as much as we could, of course, by reading about other schools and programs that have been successful and by talking to kids and parents about ingredients that they would like to see included.  The food service department for our school district purchased salad bars for 7 of our elementary schools, the kids, their parents, and even the teachers are excited - so it was time to...

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3 Food Storage Jars go Head to Head

With all of the talk on Twitter about cool and crisp weather, it seemed like a good time for me to put our food storage containers to the test.  When I talked to representatives of Kids Konserve and Klean Kanteen at the Natural Products Expo last year, both told me that their insulated jars would keep food hot.  I have heard that song and dance before, so I decided that I'd put them head to head with the Thermos jar that I already had at home. Here is where you will see my checkered history as...

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New Salad Bars for Elementary Schools - Feedback...

I am sorry! I had to take down the video for this post until we get permission from the parents of the children involved and the school district.  I was too excited and published too early. Coming soon: What we learned from our first day with the salad bar, complete with tips to make it run smoothly for your school. Are there salad bars offered at your school? Do you have any advice, tips or tricks that you can share?
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I’m Just a Mom, Not the School Food Police

[caption id="attachment_2636" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Image from Seriouseats.com"][/caption] Houston, we have a problem.  Parents approach me all the time, thanking me up and down for working so hard to improve our school food.  They are tickled pink about our new salad bar (launching this week) and they love that we are bringing in more freshly prepared foods and less  processed junk.  But then there are other parents who see me approach, and say "Michelle - turn away. ...

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The Salad Bars Have Landed - School Lunch Reform...

Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year!  Just like last year, you can count on me for updates on San Rafael's efforts towards school lunch reform.  We'll also chat about other food issues facing our students, including the largely ignored wellness policy at our schools.  As usual, I am all for transparency, and will openly share our challenges and success stories in the hope that we can inspire you to help your community make improvements of your own.  Tuck in your napkin and get ready to dive...

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Project Lunch - When eco-nuts and foodies collab...

Just because I haven’t posted about our efforts at local school lunch reform lately doesn’t mean that we haven’t been busy.  In fact, things are hopping!  I recently joined Project Lunch, a new project sponsored by an incredible organization called Teens Turning Green.  How could I resist joining when the invitation started like this… My name is Carly Wertheim and I am a 2009 Redwood High School graduate. For the last four years I have been involved in the non profit organization Teens...

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