Ann Cooper: The Renegade Lunch Lady
January 18, 2008
More on Ann Cooper, the self-proclaimed “renegade lunch lady” I mentioned last week. CNN reports that Cooper is still at it in Berkeley and online, fighting the good fight for local, fresh foods in school cafeterias. Quoth CNN’s Fran Fifis:
Today, Cooper is director of nutrition services in Berkeley, where she has transformed the school lunch program from 90 percent frozen reheated foods to 90 percent fresh. Berkeley schools used to serve fruit once a week; now it’s on the menu every day, and so is the salad bar.
Ninety percent fresh eats? Unbelievable. Toques off to Ann.
And speaking of farm-to-school programs, I grabbed hold of The Oregonian article that Leslie referenced on my original Farm-to-Table post: turns out that Cory Schreiber, former executive chef of schmancy Portland eatery Wildwood, has taken on the position of farm-to-school ferryman for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. The Oregonian‘s Leslie Cole reports that while farm-to-school bills were halted in the legislature, the ODA received the tally-ho to get a statewide program up and running. While Schreiber cautions that these new school foods will not necessarily be “organic or sustainable,” he does focus on the fact that they will come from Oregon farmers. In the big scheme? Better than trucking them cross-country.