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July 3, 1988
I agree with you that nutrition is important, but to publish an entire article on school lunches without mentioning how the food tastes seems to me a shocking omission ("Experts Say School Lunch Programs Have a Lot to Learn" by Allan Parachini, June 17). Elsewhere in this same issue of View, kids are shown sporting designer clothes, and in Calendar L. N. Halliburton is touting stuffed grape leaves and Caesar salad, for adults, of course. Why can't we teach our children that the aesthetics of food are important also?
May 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Apricot growers across the state say tons of excess fruit will go to waste unless the federal government steps in to buy it. California's apricot industry wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make a "bonus buy," spending millions to purchase unsold fruit for school lunch programs and distribution to low-income families. "Right now we have a crop estimated at 95,000 tons, and 30,000 tons [do] not have a home in any outlet," said Bill Ferriera, president of the California Apricot Producers.
March 4, 1997 | From Associated Press
Kids who have a beef with their school menu are getting a new alternative with the government's blessings: yogurt for lunch. Over strenuous objections of the cattle industry, the Agriculture Department has decided to allow yogurt as a meat substitute in the nation's school lunchrooms. Child-care providers and the food industry have been clamoring for the change for at least 15 years.
December 8, 2010 | By David Gratzer
Call it the McVictim syndrome. Too many pundits, public health experts and politicians are working overtime to find scapegoats for America's obesity epidemic. In his latest book, former FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler argues that modern food is addictive. In it, he recounts how he was once helpless to stop himself from eating a cookie. In a paper in this month's Journal of Health Economics, University of Illinois researchers join a long list of analysts who blame urban sprawl for obesity.
September 11, 1993 | JON NALICK
Many students in the Santa Ana Unified School District may be eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals through federal programs benefiting low-income families. Students whose families receive food stamps, Aid to Families With Dependent Children or benefits from the Food Distribution Program or Indian reservations are automatically eligible for the National School Breakfast and School Lunch programs. Applications are available at school offices, said district spokeswoman Diane Thomas.
October 27, 1994 | EMELYN CRUZ LAT
A federal judge has ruled that Compton Unified School District owes $2.2 million to a food service management company that operated the district's school lunch programs for three years. District Judge William Rea in Los Angeles ruled earlier this month that the district breached its contract with United School Food Services, a partnership of Marriott School Services Inc. and National Business Services Inc. Howard A.
January 25, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The American school lunch, long the butt of schoolyard jokes, is in for a nutritional makeover, fueled by concern over a national epidemic of childhood obesity and funded by the first hike in federal contributions in three decades. Starting next school year, U.S. schoolchildren will see changes in school lunch programs that are expected to bring fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and potentially smaller portions to every meal served in...
December 30, 1985
I have confirmed by telephone with the Director of CARE-Haiti that corruption in the distribution of CARE food was not the cause of the unrest in Gonaive as mentioned in Bella Stumbo's recent series on Haiti (Dec. 15-17); rather, it was then--and continues to be--the widespread hunger and food needs of the people in Gonaive and elsewhere. As the article so vividly illustrates, the quality of life for the masses in Haiti is deplorable. The demonstrations last year in Gonaive took place during a time of drought when food was particularly scarce.
June 6, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Wal-Mart wages are so low they force many of its employees onto the public doles, creating a drag on taxpayers and the economy, according to a new report from the staff of Congressional Democrats. The report analyzes data from Wisconsin's Medicaid program, estimating that a single 300-person, Wal-Mart Supercenter store in that state likely costs taxpayers at least $904,542 per year and could cost up to $1,744,590 per year, or roughly $5,815 per employee. “While employers like Wal-Mart seek to reap significant profits through the depression of labor costs, the social costs of this low-wage strategy are externalized,” conclude the report's authors, the Democratic staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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