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In late Might or early June, I prefer to have a good time The Lunch Tray‘s Might 26th “blog-iversary” by wanting by way of my weblog archive and taking inventory of the prior 12 months.

However as a result of I used to be writing Child Meals for many of 2018-2019, my running a blog output was fairly paltry: solely 24 posts. By means of comparability, within the 2011-2012 running a blog 12 months I apparently wrote 336 posts—which might solely imply I used to be usually posting greater than as soon as a day, since I by no means publish on weekends.  ?!?!   (I truthfully don’t know what was occurring there, folks—and don’t count on me to ever do it once more!)

However although I didn’t publish usually this previous 12 months, we did focus on some essential subjects right here—most notably, the Trump administration’s controversial roll-backs of sure college meal dietary requirements. That worrying growth was adopted by information of two federal lawsuits difficult the roll-backs, in addition to the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s (very quiet) launch of its personal examine indicating that these dietary compromises have been completely pointless. (I used to be gratified when my evaluation of that examine was picked up by plenty of information retailers, together with Civil Eats, the Related Press, and New Meals Financial system.)

It is a good time to say that tomorrow Democratic lawmakers are anticipated to problem Brandon Lipps, the administrator of the USDA’s Meals and Diet Service, over these college vitamin rollbacks, in addition to the company’s current proposal to tighten work necessities on People who depend on meals stamps. This questioning will happen in a listening to held by the Home Training and Labor Committee’s civil rights subcommittee at 10:15 am EST, and I’ll share any information about it right here on the weblog.

One other subject we talked about this 12 months was lunch shaming, a problem that’s been persistently within the information ever for the reason that New York Instances’s 2017 protection of a New Mexico state regulation—the primary of its form—searching for to ban shaming practices. Since then, we’ve seen different states move related legal guidelines, however we’ve additionally seen a ensuing improve at school meal debt in lots of college districts. It’s a rising drawback that sadly can’t be fastened by the numerous heartwarming however advert hoc fundraising efforts that crop up after every new media report about lunch shaming.

All of this will clarify why at the least one federal legislator and one presidential candidate, together with a Washington Submit editorialist and the Faculty Diet Affiliation’s personal spokesperson, have all not too long ago floated the thought of common college meals: that’s, providing all college students a free meal, no matter their household’s earnings degree. This aim isn’t wherever near being a actuality, after all, nevertheless it’s fairly notable to me that it’s even being mentioned in public in a critical approach—one thing I don’t recall ever seeing previously.

This latter subject is one I’ll discover in better element in my upcoming interview with Jeff Lew, aka “Faculty Lunch Debt Dad.” He’s simply certainly one of many individuals I plan to characteristic this coming 12 months in my new Changemakers collection, by which I’ll spotlight the extraordinary efforts of atypical folks attempting to enhance our kids’s meals setting. The collection will kick off tomorrow with my dialog with Andrea Robust, a mother and journalist who’s advocating for higher college meals in New York Metropolis—and if you happen to’d prefer to nominate somebody in your personal neighborhood for the collection, be happy to get in contact through my contact kind.

As I now embark on my tenth 12 months of running a blog, I wish to specific my heartfelt gratitude to YOU, my pretty TLT readership. 💕  With out your constant sharing and help of my work, I’d by no means have been capable of maintain TLT for this lengthy. And I can’t wait to lastly meet a lot of you in individual after I go on my Child Meals e book tour this fall!  Extra particulars on that in a future publish.


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