March 19th, 2014
The Sea Change in School Food
By Chef Ann Cooper
US News and World Report
What should we make of the news on childhood obesity, junk food advertising and universal school meals?
The last week of February brought a wave of announcements that marked a sea change in school food: universal meals in at-risk schools, the potential end of junk food marketing in schools, and – in a related story – a big drop in childhood obesity rates. Predictably, the news was met with mixed reactions from politicians and the media, and the deluge of information is enough to confuse even the most devoted school food advocates.
Leaving politics out of it, the important question is what all this means for hungry and malnourished children around the country.