DC’s Slow Path to Better School Lunches
With the never ending controversies over America’s school lunch programs, it is heartening to see that Washington, DC is making some progress in improving its school lunch program. The task is not easy: most school lunch programs favor highly processed foods over local food providers. And in school districts’ defense, how can you provide a cost effective lunch to students who often cannot afford them? Despite the slowing reforms thanks to Michelle Rhee’s unfortunate departure, progress, albeit slow progress, is occurring. With advocates like Ed Bruske leading the way, students are starting to learn that making lunch involves a little more than opening a can of peaches and reheating chicken nuggets. And with all due respect, companies need to do a little more than plant a few “community gardens” here and there. Thankfully programs like the DC Farm to School Network are a catalyst for change. The initiative works to acquaint kids with the farms that provide their food. By striving to source more fresh and local food onto those cafeteria trays, the program hopes to alleviate child obesity, reconnect kids to the places from which their food grows, and support local farmers and food companies. Today on Blog Action Day and World Food Day, we’ve got to remember that better food starts with the kids. If you find any good stories, post them with the #BAD11 hash tag on Twitter. Our school lunches are a great place to start. Learn more about our coverage of food and consumer products.