LUNCH WARS by Amy Kalafa


How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children's Health
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Two Angry Moms filmmaker Kalafa arms health-conscious parents with the know-how to take back their school cafeterias.

Most readers are already convinced that the highly processed, minimally nutritious goop sitting atop their child’s lunch tray must be replaced with real food. But how? The author’s well-researched book has the answers. As anyone who has even contemplated taking on the Byzantine institution that is the National School Lunch Program knows, the odds of actually upending the system are slim. The predominance of obsequious clods at the levers of power and the lack of adequate funding make any change seem almost impossible. Junk-food conglomerates have long ago succeeded in casting kids in the role of nascent consumers—and the choices they offer are all bad. Buoyed by extensive case studies that both inform and inspire, Kalafa’s how-to guide covers all the bases from networking with local organic farmers to writing successful RFPs (Request for Proposals). Whether the overall goal is simply to bump some greasy fries off the school menu or to have a totally new kitchen installed for from-scratch cooking, no lunchroom revolutionary should be without this battlefield manual. The good news is that, nationwide, parents and other concerned citizens are scoring victories in the battle to bring nutritious, whole food to the school-lunch menu. You can too.

Painstakingly researched and detailed blueprint for building a better school lunchroom today.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-58542-862-5
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2011


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