edible education

An absolutely brilliant article by Alice Waters, The Fate of Our Nation Rests on School Lunches.

  • The idea of school lunch as an egalitarian mechanism to nourish our nation’s potential has long been discarded and devalued. We are faced with an enormous crisis of health, education and inequality.
  • We need to have the courage and conviction to establish a nutritious, sustainable, free school-lunch program for all.

Her video, above, speaks volumes with the young expressions being the most compelling feature. These kids are having a great time learning about food, where it comes from, how to prepare it, and how it sustains them. This is change we NEED.

extra credit:
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Former USDA Child Nutrition Director Resigns in Protest from School Nutrition Association
Michelle Obama Pledges To ‘Fight Until The Bitter End’ For Lunch Standards
Paul Ryan’s heartless idiocy: How to defeat GOP’s school lunch politics

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  1. When I was in elementary school (in the 60’s and 70’s), we didn’t have a working cafeteria–there were tables and places to sit, but no lunch line, and nobody cooking anything. If we didn’t bring it from home, we weren’t eating. Nobody starved, and nobody died.

    Working cafeterias serve as a fund-raiser for the schools, but if a large portion of the kids are getting subsidized meals, are they really free? And what KIND of food are they being served for their subsidized dollar? Since they aren’t paying for it, they’re getting slopped like hogs–some schools no longer actually COOK the meals, but heat up what looks like pre-packaged airline food. And they wonder why the kids don’t eat it…

    I feel sorry for the kids who DO pay for this so-called “food”–it’s money wasted in terms of nutrition. Lunches packed at home would serve their needs better, but sadly, the school Cafeteria Nazis tend to forbid food brought from home unless the child is on a special diet documented, notarized (practically), and on file with a doctor, the school nurse, and the office.

    Because the cafeteria is a source of funds, the schools push as close to 100% participation as they can get, and it doesn’t matter if most of what they serve ends up in the trash–the school’s already got their money!

    Just think of how much the schools would save if they quit serving “lunch”: subsidy costs, employee wages, energy costs, food procurement costs, appliance and equipment costs, and costs of cleaning the space to Health Dept. standards for starters. My idea: take the saved subsidy money, and add it to the SNAP program, so that more low-income mothers could afford to buy the extra food needed to make lunches every week.

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