Check me out in print

Stories about me will be appearing in today’s edition of

The USA Today and

The Chicago Tribune

When everything is up and online, I’ll share links to the stories. I’m going to be out and there will be no turning back.

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35 thoughts on “Check me out in print

  1. I just read the excerpt from the book on GMA’s website, since I had an actual free period today while teaching, and loved it! You’ve really made me aware to watch what my students are eating and how it affects their performance in the classroom.

  2. Congratulations!!! I just read the article and I’m hoping my copy of the book will arrive today. THANK YOU!

  3. So glad to have seen you on Good Morning America and heard about your blog. I was particularly interested in your comment that kids don’t have enough time to eat their lunch. My daughter is in high school and only gets 35 minutes to eat lunch. She likes to buy her lunch so she gets it off a food truck where she doesn’t have to wait in long lines. Or, she doesn’t eat until she gets home from school. As for the quality of the food – its marginal. Thank you Ms. Q for speaking up!

  4. you are telling the truth no one wants to let out. i seen you on the view. the food is still gross and have not ate school lunch since high school. was ten years ago and no changes

  5. I have been a follower since the beginning, and I champion your cause. However, please be sure to publish accurate facts. I read in your book that there is a Mc Donald’s within walking distance from your student’s school, but a car is required to grocery shop. I happen to live in the same area as your school, and beg to differ. The Mc Donald’s is 0.4 miles from Haugan Elementary, and a fresh produce store is 0.3 miles. Next is an Aldi whichis 0.6 miles, and finally Jewel Food Store, the largest grocery in Chicagoland, is 0.9 miles from the school. So, there are 3 fresh food shopping facilities within less than a mile from the school. I think that’s pretty good coverage.

  6. Hi Sara:
    I am the Executive Producer at WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida.
    We are interested in interviewing you.
    Will you be doing any traveling on a book tour or can you SKYPE?

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Sharon Siegel

  7. Great job today! I’ve been following you from the very beginning and I’m so happy for you! Thank you for making a difference in ALL our kids’ lives!

  8. Congrats from Sweden !!!

    Now I’m curious to learn what Swedes eat for lunch at their schools.
    I’ll keep you posted on what I find out. BTW, I’m an American living in Sweden


  9. Mrs. Q, I just want to say that I’ve followed you almost from the beginning, and I feel so excited and happy for you today – and almost proud! You’ve done such amazing work in anonymity, and I think that you will be able to do even MORE incredible things “in the open.”

    You’ve got the support of MANY, including THIS public school teacher – keep up the important work, and congratulations!

  10. Mrs. Q, I first learned of you from your appearance on “The View” today, and I admire your bravery and dedication in bringing this issue to light. The lack of quality food and adequate time in which the students are given to eat is deplorable. I was a bit troubled by your recommendation that parents take their concerns about school lunches to the teacher. As you know, teachers and cafeteria workers have no power to make changes in school lunch programs. My suggestions would be that parents make their concerns known to district officials. Thank you again for putting children first 🙂

  11. I have followed you from almost the beginning and it was so wonderful to finally be able to put a face to all these posts! Congratulations on finally coming out as Mrs. Q! I wish you all the best with your new found fame. Thank you so very much for letting the school lunch horrors be known!

  12. I watched the preview of your interview and was very disappointed. You repeatedly used the word “yeah” instead of “yes”. I hope you don’t speak that way in the classroom. I have enjoyed your blog for over a year now, but had never hear you speak until now. If you want to be taken seriously please watch your speech.

  13. People’s comments today on `USA Today` kinda remind me of the comments on your blog the first few months…people who think that one can’t expect anything better from “free” meals or who suggest to “just bring your own lunch!”…when we know that that’s now where the solution lies!!

    By the way, I have followed your blog(s) since the very beginning…so it’s pretty exciting to (finally) see you come out of anonymity! Funny- I did not quite picture you (or your son) like that….but now I know what you both really look like 😉 and what do your husband and close friends think of the “new you”?

    1. sorry, it was supposed to read : “when we know that that’s NOT where the solution lies”

  14. I just read your article in the Chicago Tribune and found it interesting. I understand your concerns for the children eating the school lunches however I speak from the lunch lady side. I don’t work in CPS but I was, up until about a month ago, a lunch lady in a western suburban middle school for six years. I didn’t work for the district but for a management company contracted by the district to supply the meals. The management company is only interested in their bottomline and not food quality or health factors. The company I worked for refused to give us more help even when the district asked for it. We were told to go faster. I was the cook and I had 3.5 hours to prepare enough food for a school with 800 students and I was the only cook so I had no real help. I had to have all meals ready by the time lunch started. Unfortunately with the time restrictions placed by the management company and the lack of enough employees to properly run the kitchen they use a lot of processed food items. They always wanted to add more choices and that to me just means more wasted food, which the management company expected to be almost nothing after lunch was over…that is impossible to do! I feel that unless all processed food is removed from the lunch line a child if given the choice with take pizza over salad or a cheeseburger over a wrap.We would sell about 120 slices of pepperoni pizza in a day and over 50 cheeseburgers!! But salads and wraps together might be about 25 per day….a huge difference. When I went to school you had one choice…take it or leave it. It should be a healthy choice but I believe they don’t need two dozen choices each day and don’t sell chips, candy, pretzels, cookies and brownies either. If the bad choices are there to make the children will take the junk over the good almost everytime. I want to see the children get healthy choices but the management companies running the kitichens have to be willing to pay for enough employees to have enough time to properly prepare the right kinds of food.

  15. “Ya”. I am a supplier to schools here in NYC. Yet I am not a supplier to schools. I have two NYC DOE Approved drinks for sale into public school vending machines and commissaries. They are all natural teas at 38 calories per 12-z bottle. That means 4 bottles equal one can of soda.

    Yet they’re not being supplied to the schools. The reasons why are beyond my control. One thing I do know is it’s not money on our part. In the entire supply chain, we make the least money. It is by design as we want to make a statement that kids can and do like lower-calorie teas. Color me altruistic if you want but I have video proof (taken from a milddle school fair in June) that kids like our teas. The kids faces blurred for their protection so use volume. It is here:

    I totally understand your fight. TOTALLY. (have an eight year old in public school).

    Keep it up!

    Andy Schamisso

  16. Hey! I was at 7-11 picking up a snack yesterday and caught the headline on the Trib!
    I have been reading your blog for ages now but recently got too busy to check-in everday. Just wanted to say Good on You! And your little guy is adorable!

    It was funny because I was with a friend when I saw the paper, and exclaimed “Hey! I know that lady!”. Which of course, I don’t. I had to explain I know your

    Best of luck!

  17. Congratulations on your book and your outing! As cheesy as this is, I was thrilled to discover that you are a speech pathologist. I had speech impediments during my childhood, but the various speech pathologists I had in my life helped me. And I’m sure you’re helping a lot of other kids too. 🙂

  18. Just a comment , having been in food service and being a lunch lady in a school of approx 200, it is my boss and I that do the cooking, Not all schools in the United States use pre-packaged foods and there is room for improvement always, it is a little upsetting if you group all lunch programs the same we make several meals from scratch, and also at breakfast! We are not a school that qualifies for many grants, we have to use our commodities to supplement are meals. and we take pride in trying to give kids the most nutritious meals we can .

  19. again… blaming a program that is in place because of incompetent parent/s and their lack of ability to provide for their children.

    I don’t care WHAT their excuse is…. if you can’t afford to buy food for your children and feed them well, if you can’t get your butt out of bed “early” or stay up late the night before AS MY MOTHER DID to make a good lunch for your children then quite frankly don’t have kids for godsake!

    School lunch programs, MY tax dollar should NOT go to or towards feeding the poor babies that have dead-beat parents. They are NOT meant to TAKE CARE OF OTHER PEOPLE’S KIDS long term. If you don’t like the quality of food… then don’t buy it. SImple!! If you’re gettting it for free because MY tax dollar takes care of feeding your kids… well then shut up. HELLO….it’s free… and OBVIOUSLY better than the nothing YOU provided to YOUR childs stomache.

    If you ARE buying the lunch and don’t like the quality… gee… get something else, or as I mentioned earlier… take responsibility and MAKE YOUR OWN lunch that MEETS your standards. Like any business… if no one eats the lunches they will make changes either with a price increase to buy better food or close the program down.


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