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Alice Waters Speaks Out About School Food [VIDEO]

Alice Waters Speaks Out About School Food [VIDEO]

Hard as this may be to swallow, the number one meal served to children in U.S. schools is chicken fingers and french fries.

While the National School Lunch Program is tremendously underfunded — the money allotted per child doesn’t cover the cost of an entire meal — one can’t argue its vital importance to families in need. What one can argue, is the quality of the food schools serve.

Chef Alice Waters, chef and owner of the famed Berkeley, CA restaurant Chez Panisse and founder of The Chez Panisse Foundation, not to mention mother of the slow food movement, wants to change that. Waters and her foundation envision “a school curriculum and school lunch program where growing, cooking, and sharing food at the table gives students the knowledge and values to build a humane and sustainable future.”

Take a look:

As CNN pointed out in a recent report:

  • A 2009 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that 94 percent of school lunches failed to meet the U.S. Agriculture Department’s regulatory standards. None of the schools met the sodium benchmark, based on the 2005 dietary guidelines.
  • One in five schools served lunches that met the total fat standard.
  • Another study from 2009 that looked at children who participated in the National School Lunch Program found they were more likely to gain weight than other children.

 

Hopes for increased funding for the National School Lunch Program were dashed last week when the Child Nutrition Bill stalled in Congress. According to the CNN report: the Obama administration had asked for more than $10 billion to improve the program over 10 years. The current bill cuts that money in half. If the bill had passed, districts would have gotten about a 6-cent increase per child. So still not nearly enough, but at least it would have been a step in the right direction. Let us know what you think about the National School Lunch Program, and what Alice Waters has to say.

 

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10:38AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

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7:21AM PST on Jan 14, 2011

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10:29PM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

OK.

9:27AM PDT on Oct 17, 2010

this is very important to us as americans and to the future health of our countries children

9:33PM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

Great! Shared-

8:45AM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

Why is this video blocked another multi billionaire controlling what we may watch this is democracy the capitalists win again anyway I agree with anything that will ensure that children of every orientation and ability to pay can eat especially what is good for them without saying one child can eat this as he can afford it and another who can't has to eat this We seem to be able to do this without conscience and it has to stop

8:34AM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

Why is this video disabled?

7:26PM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

I have a seven year old daughter and i have her packe her lunch everyday, that way i know she's getting something healthy, and something she likes.

1:45PM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

yikes

2:02PM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

Thanks.

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