Meet the People Working to Improve School Lunches

Last Updated August 14, 2017
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Photo: Brandi Janssen

The word is out: school lunches need help. Fortunately, school administrators, communities, and local farmers have heard the call. Here are some of our favorite stories about the many ways we're working to get healthy food from the farm to the tray.

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Mocking the Mock Chicken: The Business of Making School Food from Scratch

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Lunchbox Rescue: Fuel for School
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Beautiful Food of Our Children: Re-Inventing Public School Lunches

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It is early fall and our six million California public school students are back to school. The lunch bell rings and the students line up in...

Can School Lunches Be Fresh and Healthy? The Mid-Prairie District says, “YES!”

For the most part, the Mid-Prairie district looks very similar to any mid-sized rural school district, the food service staff, however, regularly goes above and beyond the standard school lunch fare....

Dishing Up a Revolution in the School Cafeteria

It’s 11:10 in the morning when the first through third graders burst into the cafeteria, chattering as they grab their trays and follow the...

Bringing the Seasonal Harvest to Schools

student planting in school garden
Ottawa Network for Education and Canadian Organic Growers It’s mid-morning at D. A. Moodie Intermediate School in Nepean, and students are...
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