Request to Congress for Covid-19 Support

When schools closed in March, school nutrition programs continued to serve meals. The USDA, who oversees Child Nutrition Programs, have approved waivers to allow for some flexibility but the waivers must be further be approved by the state the school resides in. Congress must approve support to these vital program to not only ensure thisContinue reading “Request to Congress for Covid-19 Support”

Making School Lunch a Better Experience

I had the pleasure of discussing the role and importance of school meals with Jennifer Fink of School Leaders Now. We discussed why school administrators should value school lunch and its important impact on student’s social emotional well being. Get suggestions on how to approach changing school meal programs. The cafeteria needs to be aContinue reading “Making School Lunch a Better Experience”

White House rule change will take food away from California kids at home and at school

Having worked in school food service for more than a decade, I know first-hand the impact of school meals on kids’ health, happiness and ability to learn. That’s why I’m profoundly concerned about a new proposal by the Trump administration that will put school meals in jeopardy for more than 500,000 kids across the nationContinue reading “White House rule change will take food away from California kids at home and at school”

Healthy-By-Default – Kids’ Meal Beverages SB 1192

Parents eating out with their young children no longer have to worry about cancelling the sugary beverage that all too often shows up with kid’s meals. The California Healthy-by-Default Kid’s Meal bill makes a healthy beverage – water or milk – the default beverage for children’s combo meals instead of sugary drinks, helping parents provideContinue reading “Healthy-By-Default – Kids’ Meal Beverages SB 1192”

New Release – 2018 San Francisco Food Security Assessment

Get the Full Report Here. From the San Francisco Food Security Task Force: For the 2018 report, the SF Food Security Task Force examined data from federal, state and locally funded food programs in order to develop recommendations for policies and systems to support gaps in San Francisco’s food needs. This data integration exposes healthContinue reading “New Release – 2018 San Francisco Food Security Assessment”

The Case for a National Institute of Nutrition

Those of us who work in child nutrition and food systems already know the toll and negative impact diet-related chronic conditions have on communities – particularly in children. Federal child nutrition programs are overseen and managed by the USDA, whose support for farmers and industry often out weighs the health needs of the children theContinue reading “The Case for a National Institute of Nutrition”

Statewide California Child Hunger Caucus

Thank you Jeff Bridges for your support to end childhood hunger! We enjoyed presenting with you, California Director Kathy Saile from No Kid Hungry, Pastor Karen Abrego (representing Senator Richard Pan’s office) and moderator Edie Lambert of KCRA in promoting the formation of a Child Hunger Caucus within the California State Legislature. It’s collaborations suchContinue reading “Statewide California Child Hunger Caucus”