Demystifying School Lunch Systems

| 2/24/2010 4:35:36 PM

In February, Barack Obama signed a memorandum to establish a  Task Force on Childhood Obesity, including the launch of  Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to address childhood obesity and nutrition. One day earlier, British chef Jamie Oliver won a  2010 TED award, which will help him to launch a cross-industry initiative to fight obesity by educating families about food. This week we will be looking at childhood nutrition by highlighting books and articles that have passed through our library of late . –The Editors  

Cafeteria ChroniclesInterested in launching your own school lunch reform campaign where you live? It's difficult to know where to start. The book Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainabilty is a great resource, and includes this handy guide to typical food system responsibilities...

"Levels of Authority for School Food Systems" was originally published in Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability by Michael K. Stone/Center for Ecoliteracy. © Copyright 2009 Center for Ecoliteracy. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. For more information, visit is a partial list of typical food system responsibilities.

Federal Government

• Sets reimbursement and income level requirements for national breakfast and lunch programs
• Determines minimal nutrition requirements for federally supported meals
• Creates policies for commodity foods offered to schools

State Government

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