Remaking School Food

Janet Poppendieck

On Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted 500 chefs from all over the country on the White House lawn for the Chefs Move to Schools program, part of her larger campaign to end childhood obesity. The participating chefs will each work with a local school to help raise awareness about nutrition and healthy eating habits. Janet Poppendieck, author of Free for All, addressed the group, detailing some of the administrative challenges the chefs can expect to face. Read the full article in the Washington Post.

In a recent online chat on the Earth Eats blog, Poppendieck addressed the connection between school food and obesity, how cafeteria food got so bad, and how we can overcome obstacles to bring healthier food to the lunchroom. “Now is the time to rethink and remake our school food system”, she said.

5 thoughts on “Remaking School Food

  1. Kids are eating bad food everyday at school. It is probably one of the reasons why they are obese. The worst is they start picking up the bad eating habits (eating food high in sugar, high fat content, high energy food, etc)

  2. I have never heard of this program before but it looks really good. I think not only food in schools is not healthy, it also tastes awful(well, it did on my school). The problem is that kids don’t like to eat food from school kithcen and that’s why they start to eat junk food from food machines etc.

  3. I think it’s very good that Michelle Obama wants to do something about childhood obesity. This is a major problem in America and also in the rest of the world

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