I haven’t shared any interesting news items in awhile. Here we go…
Food Truck to Feed Kids in the Summer? What brilliant innovation! Chef Tim Cipriano rockin’ it in Connecticut:
(Up!) NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS CENTRAL KITCHEN UNVEILS FOOD TRUCK TO PROVIDE FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS (NH School Food: Notes from Chef Tim)
(Up!) CHEFS MOVE TO SCHOOLS BRINGS PIZZA TRUCK TO NHPS ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM (NH School Food: Notes from Chef Tim)
(Up!) Massachusetts Bans Chocolate Milk (Better DC School Food) — Kids don’t need the sugar every single day.
(Up!) Exclusive Interview with Kathleen Merrigan: Farm to School Movement Comes of Age (Civil Eats) — Farm to School is moving up. I love this quote from the interview: Farm to School is “also good for farmers’ bottom lines, economically. Particularly for that struggling mid-size commercial farmer, who could really use a local institutional buyer. We’ve seen it make a difference in their viability in a number of states where farm to school has taken off.”
(Down!) Getting Drinking Water Into School Cafeterias – Not As Easy As It Sounds (The Lunch Tray) — You might be surprised how difficult it is to get plain water on the tables at schools.
(Up/Down) McDonald’s has decided to offer more “healthy” foods in its Happy Meals. Part of me is thrilled by this small change as the company *maybe* is thinking a little bit about its role in childhood health and well-being. But another part of me is, like totally, “big whoop.” Until they cut the fries out completely AND drop the soda, I won’t be having a party. By the way, I’m a potato lover, but there are more ways to prepare them that putting them in a basket and lowering them into a fryer. What other bloggers think:
- Let’s talk about McDonald’s Happy Meals changes (Marion Nestle, Food Politics)
- Three Reasons Why the New Happy Meal is Still Problematic (Andy Bellatti, Small Bites)
- McDonald’s Improves Happy Meals: Meaningful Change or Corporate Whitewashing? (The Lunch Tray)
(Up!) Google’s impressive healthy food program (Marion Nestle, Food Politics) — I knew that Google was a terrific company to work for, but I didn’t realize they had their own food program. I should have known. And since they do a lot of things right, they get the food thing right as well. Maybe one day I’ll get a chance to tour their facility!
(Up!) There are no bad foods (and five more industry lies) (Andrew Wilder, Eating Rules) — Right on the money!