This Zoom session is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Combining Scholarship and Activism: An Intergenerational Exchange. Information about the session and registration is HERE. Bob Gottlieb and I will address how to combine food policy scholarship and activism in discussion with two much younger colleagues, Ivonne Quiroz and Lo Anderson.
What’s up with school meals and standards?
USDA deserves a thank-you note: the agency announced it is awarding $25 million in grants to help schools buy kitchen equipment. Yes!
The grants are a response to a report by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project – a collaboration with The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report found that 88% of school districts nationwide need at least one piece of equipment, and 55% need infrastructure upgrades.
You can send a quick note of thanks to the USDA Office of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks are needed because nutrition standards for school meals are under intense pressure from:
- Lobbyists for foods that will be excluded under the new standards
- The School Nutrition Association which is heavily supported by companies sellling foods to school meals programs
- A Congress that loves to micromanage federal food programs (see yesterday’s post).
School meals need help, but not that kind.