Lesson One in School Food

Like most large-scale social change, the shift to mass consumption of healthier food requires both awareness and capacity. There is no better way to build both than by focusing on school lunches.

NEW YORK – Had you told me a year ago that I would attend a conference devoted to school lunches, I would have laughed. The closest that I have come to eating a school lunch lately is coach-class food on long-haul flights.

But earlier this month I attended School Food FOCUS’s “National Gathering.” I found it both heartwarming and thought-provoking.

A little context: In the United States, subsidized school lunches started in 1946 as a welfare program – but one focused on the welfare of farmers, not schoolchildren. The primary purpose was to help farmers get rid of – I mean, distribute generously – their surplus production.

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