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HuffPost Table Talk: Local School Lunches


On Fridays, The Huffington Post presents a compelling topic to spark discussion at your dinner table.

The beginning of the new school year has brought a familiar subject — school lunch — back into the spotlight.

While some students bring their own lunches to school (and at least one artistic dad goes all-out making them look special), millions of others eat meals cooked and served in school cafeterias.

New government rules about these meals came into effect this year. HuffPost Education reports that, among other things, schools must now “offer dark green, orange or red vegetables at least once a week, and students must choose at least one fruit or vegetable at every meal.”

Where do all those fruits and veggies come from? A growing number of schools are looking to buy them from nearby farms. In fact, organizations designed to connect schools and farmers — called “food hubs” — have already created successful programs in California, Vermont and Oregon. Produce bought through these “hubs” is local, fresh and sometimes even more affordable than the alternative.

If you like the sound of this, and want to get something similar started at your school, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service has produced this guide that can help you get started.

Questions for discussion:

* What do you normally eat for lunch at school?

* How is school food different from what you eat at home?

* How could your school food be healthier?


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