Healthy School Food Makes the News!
August 26, 2009 | Written By: Healthy Schools Campaign
By Lehia Franklin Acox, HSC public relations consultant
interest in healthy school food is growing, from President Obama’s recent
remarks about the Child
Nutrition Act to news coverage of local and national efforts to encourage
action as the country heads back to school. Here’s a recap:
Los Angeles Times covered Slow Food USA’s “Time for Lunch”
campaign to encourage individual and collective action on reauthorization
of the Child Nutrition Act. HSC is a partner
in Slow Food’s national Time for Lunch effort, which prioritizes increased
funding for better school food.
- And in Chicago,
Slow Food Chicago hosts an
“Eat-In” today, Wednesday, August 26 in Daley Plaza.
Huffington Post Chicago talks about the event and the organization here.
covered in our blog, President Obama recently spoke about the need to
engage local farmers to deliver healthier food to schoolchildren.
- Whole Foods, which has seen
plenty of news
lately in response to CEO John Mackey’s comments on health care reform, is
making headlines for the launch of its School
Food Revolution in partnership with Chef
Ann Cooper, a.k.a. “The Renegade Lunch Lady.” National coverage of the
effort includes the Los
Angeles Times, New
York Times, Uprising
Radio and even the trade publication Pork
magazine. HSC’s Rochelle Davis was also featured in the NYT and
Uprising pieces. (Stay posted for details about HSC’s upcoming series of
events with Ann Cooper and local Whole Foods shops in the Chicago area.)
- Veggie lunches made the news in U.S.
News & World Report, which highlighted the vegetarian options popping
up on school menus nationwide while pointing out the financial challenges
school food service directors face in providing healthy meals.
- And food writer and policy expert
Marion Nestle even tackled a question
about school meals in her regular San Francisco Chronicle food
to see this new level of national dialogue around the school food issues that
we know are so important. Stay posted for more updates, and be sure to raise
your voice for healthy school meals!