Free for All: Fixing School Food in America

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Description

How did our children end up eating nachos, pizza, and Tater Tots for lunch? Taking us on an eye-opening journey into the nation's school kitchens, this superbly researched book is the first to provide a comprehensive assessment of school food in the United States. Janet Poppendieck explores the deep politics of food provision from multiple perspectives--history, policy, nutrition, environmental sustainability, taste, and more. How did we get into the absurd situation in which nutritionally regulated meals compete with fast food items and snack foods loaded with sugar, salt, and fat? What is the nutritional profile of the federal meals? How well are they reaching students who need them? Opening a window onto our culture as a whole, Poppendieck reveals the forces--the financial troubles of schools, the commercialization of childhood, the reliance on market models--that are determining how lunch is served. She concludes with a sweeping vision for change: fresh, healthy food for all children as a regular part of their school day.

Product Details

Price
$58.74
Publisher
University of California Press
Publish Date
January 04, 2010
Pages
353
Dimensions
6.38 X 1.07 X 9.18 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780520243705
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About the Author

Janet Poppendieck is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is the author of Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement and Breadlines Knee Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression.

Reviews

"Sophisticated and nuanced."--Michael O'Donnell"The Washington Monthly" (01/01/2010)
"A masterful work of public sociology that is likely to play an important role."--Heather Sullivan-Caitlin"Teaching Sociology" (10/07/2011)
"Meticulously researched, patiently explicated, potentially groundbreaking. . . . Should be required reading for everyone who eats food, buys food, has kids, or cares about nutrition."-- (12/01/2009)
"[An] excellent, informative book. . . . Poppendieck's research is extensive and meaningful."-- (07/01/2011)