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Before you send your child to school, ask yourself: Do you know what your kids’ school food environment is like?
I made the documentary film called Two Angry Moms for parents like me who want to know what to do to get better food into schools. Many people who saw the movie asked me for more information. So many, in fact, that I couldn’t keep up with all the emails, so instead of trying to answer all those letters, I wrote Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Heath.
School food is as important an issue as bullying, school violence, class size or playground safety. Junk food contributes to childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, and it also interferes with learning, attention, athletic performance and emotional stability. It’s parents’ job to feed their kids right, and it’s the school’s job to educate our kids and give them consistent messages about health and wellness that aren’t contradicted in the cafeteria or the classroom. The school food reality for this generation of children is scary:
Lunch Wars provides an arsenal of tools so you can get to work advocating on behalf of this generation of kids—a generation that the CDC is predicting will have a shorter life span than that of their parents. This is truly an important issue that can’t just be solved by federal guidelines alone. Instead, it’s a grassroots effort, and there are many things that people can do in their own communities to effect change. Here are a few suggestions:
Start small or start big, but start with changes that have a good chance for success and grow from there. The school food revolution will be won by fighting this battle school district by school district, so keep at it and don’t give up! --Amy Kalafa
"Whether the overall goal is simply to bump some greasy fries off the school menu or to have a totally new kitchen installed for from-scratch cooking, no lunchroom revolutionary should be without this battlefield manual...[a] detailed blueprint for building a better school lunchroom today." — Kirkus Reviews
"This meaty, practical off-shoot of Kalafa's film will help parents turn anger into positive action." — Publishers Weekly
"Amy's thoughtful, well researched work continues to sound the bell for all of us working so hard towards this effort."--Chef Bill Telepan, Telepan Restaurant (NYC) and Executive Chef, Wellness in the Schools
"An excellent book which shows why and how a school food revolution must begin if we hope to reclaim the health of our children." — Tuscon Citizen
With fascinating stories and surprising facts, Amy Kalafa has created a terrific guide for all of us worried about our kids' health. May her bright style and clear action steps empower those yearning to make a difference." -Frances Moore Lappé, author of the international bestseller <I>Diet for a Small Planet</I> and Anna Lappé, author of <I>Grub and Diet for a Hot Planet</I>
"It should be a birthright in our country that no child is hungry in school and that every day - every child has access to delicious/nutritious food. Lunch Wars is a great tool for parents, advocates and school food professionals as they make this goal a reality,"--Ann Cooper, co-author of <I>Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children</I>
A very comprehensive look at the history of the school lunch program in America both past and present and how to get involved in starting a school food revolution in your own... Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by BemisReviewsBooks
If you are a parent of a school age child, you need to read this book. There is a wealth of information about the problem (cheap, unhealthy foods dominating school cafeterias), how... Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by MollyBee41283