CC BY-SA 2.0 Casey Lehman A year-long experiment in the Bronx proved it’s possible to switch from overly processed to freshly prepared meals. "After bread, education is the first need of people." These words were written in 1905 by Georges Danton in a document called ‘A Plan for the State Feeding of School Children,’ and they are as true today as they were back then. In order to learn, a child must be fed well, and it stands to reason that the better the quality of food, the better the learning will be. Unfortunately the National School Lunch Program that was created in the U.S. in 1946 does not meet expectations. School lunches are notoriously bad – tasteless, frozen, often deep-fried – despite the fact that children take in more than half of their daily calories while at school. Meanwhile public health has been declining, with obesity and chronic diseases on the rise. An overhaul of the way children are fed in school is long overdue, which is why the New York City Department of Education (DOE) launched an interesting pilot project. It took place in the Bronx during the 2018-19 school year and the final report has just […]

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