Cafeteria lunches at public school have a reputation -- rock hard cookies, cardboard-crusted pizzas, and indescribable vegetable mush. Increasingly, though, public schools are recognizing the power they have to transform their student's diets. New York City schools have led the charge, from Manhattan's 46 school gardens to Brooklyn's ambitious P.S. 216 edible schoolyard. Fresh, healthy food is finally beginning to replace the chicken fingers and tater tots of our youth.
But food justice has not yet reached every corner of the five boroughs, and two city councilmen are looking to remove even more of the processed foods and high fructose corn syrup from students' lunch menus. "Among other things, they want 10 percent of food served in schools to be produced locally and schools to go meatless at least one day a week." If only we could all have Amanda as a mother.
City Council members call on city to make school food healthier from Gotham Schools
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