Possible model for healthy school food


Here's an encouraging story of how one charter school in D.C. has managed to serve really healthy food to LisaDobbs their kids. The school's founder and chef explain how this was achieved with the help of a "small, superbly effective" nonprofit with funding from Kaiser Permanente, equipment donated by Whole Foods, and some money in the stimulus bill.  Also, the time is right for making improvements in child nutrition: 

Thanks to the first lady, improving school lunches has shot up to the top of the nutrition agenda in Washington, which makes this a good time to apply for grants.

Photo by Lisa Dobbs.


  1. I really feel like this is the key to solving so many health issues in the U.S. Gardening programs in schools and getting kids in the garden at home goes a long way but getting kids to eat healthy, wholesome food is the cornerstone. That should, of course, start at home, but school is the core of their social learning and eating is part of that. We preach to our kids that they need to pay attention to what is taught in schools, so we can’t expect them to just ignore what kind of food they are being served. And the sad fact is that many kids will get their only nutritionally balanced meal of the day at school. Grants or not, this is not the place to be pinching pennies.

  2. What I am hoping, and I am seeing it materialize in some local programs that focus on educating kids on what constitutes delicious and nutritious, is that kids will bring healthier habits home with them and get their parents involved.

    This works for other contexts, too, such as getting families to recycle and be mindful of what goes into the trash and why. You get kids doing these positive things at school, and get them fired up about it, and they take that enthusiasm home with them.

    The problem with society and health is that food has become big business. I could go on, but that’s another topic.

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