If you were listening this morning to The 8 o’clock Hour, you heard Todd’s conversation with Janet Poppendieck, author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America. (You can hear that conversation at our news page.) Poppendieck will be giving a talk at the Kingston Middle School Cafeteria in Potsdam on Thursday, February 10 at 7 pm. This is a free, public event organized by GardenShare (www.gardenshare.org). NCPR is media sponsor for the event.
Talk about a timely topic. I had just finished listening to Poppendieck as I opened the NY Times and saw this article.
Poppendieck presents an interesting economic–as well as healthy living–perspective on school meals. She argues, among other things, that universal free meals (breakfast and/or lunch) makes sense financially, given the dysfunction of our current school lunch bureaucracy.
What do you think? I’m curious about the range of opinion in our community. Seems to me that childhood nutrition is an often overlooked–though absolutely key–element of our contemporary interest in wholesome, local food.