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.
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Did anyone see this Seattle P-I piece about feeding schoolkids local food? (You also can find it on The Ethicurean.) Next week, legislation will be proposed in our state capital that enables Washington school districts to purchase food from local farmers, as opposed to accepting the lowest bid from large-scale, out-of-state factory farms.

Hooray for farmers, hooray for schools, right? Not according to those who left comments on the paper’s website.
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