Join EWG to talk school lunch
By Lisa Frack, EWG Social Media Manager (and lunch-packing mother)
Ann Cooper isn't called "The Renegade Lunch Lady" for nothing. She calls it like it is, and she can because she's been there -- in the kitchens, in the schools, with the kids.
Chef Ann, as she's called, was Nutrition Services Director for the Berkeley school district in California from 2005 to 2009. She's now School Nutrition Director for the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado.
And while I, too, am intimately connected to the subject of school lunches by virtue of my regular debates over the pros and cons of hot lunch with my 7-year-old son (he wants it five days a week, I say one - max!), I have not been there, in the kitchens, in the schools, with all those other kids!
Which is why I'm so looking forward to the opportunity to chat with - and learn from - Chef Ann about school lunches.
Join EWG's Ken Cook to chat online with Ann Cooper EWG President Ken Cook -- who knows a thing or two about pesticides, BPA and the US agriculture system -- is hosting a online conversation with Chef Ann on Thursday, November 4 from 2-3 PM (Eastern), right here on Enviroblog. We'll be discussing the current debate over school lunch policy, including Chef Ann's experiences improving school lunches from within and her ideas for packing a nutritious lunch that your kids will actually eat!
Before our live chat, you might enjoy:
- Hearing (and seeing) what Chef Ann has to say on the topic in this short, but riveting, video.
- Reading her book, Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed our Children. If you buy it here on Amazon, EWG gets a percent of the sale, at no extra cost to you!
- Reading EWG's recent blog post about getting more fruits & veggies into school lunches