A Baltimore School’s Cafeteria Bill of Rights

A student council marched down to the City School Board to show them what their school lunches consisted of and to insist that if the students had to eat it every day, then so should their representatives. And as the Civil Eats blog reports, the students were successful in bringing about real change for real food like switching to local produce, reconstructing actual kitchens on school properties, and instituting Meatless Monday. The man hired to help reform the Baltimore school food system, Tony Geraci, has helped not only Baltimore but has also begun to speak to Congress and to the White House Assistant Chef and Food Initiative Coordinator. Not surprisingly, through his contacts, Geraci has been supporting the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act including the steps proposed by the National Farm to School Network. Slow Food supported all of these at our Labor Day Eat-In and with the delayed reauthorization process, we must continue to draw our representatives’ attention to stories like that of the Baltimore public school system. Here are some of the rights listed by the Cafeteria Bill of Rights developed by the students as reported by Ralph Loglisci;

The right to nutritious and delicious food for breakfast and lunch.

The right to fresh fruit and fresh vegetables each day.

The right to choose-more than one main selection each day.

The right to give feedback and have input on the quality and selections made and have our input be given serious consideration.

So, exercise your right to give feedback and let your School Boards and your representatives know what you’re demanding.

2 thoughts on “A Baltimore School’s Cafeteria Bill of Rights

  1. Kinzie

    I am ecstatic that we are finally getting into the school systems with Meatless Monday! Not only will it provide children with education about sustainability, but it might prompt them think more about where their food comes from! I’m sick of nutrition being taught by the “meat & dairy industries”

  2. Bernadette

    I love this! I’m glad to see that these students not only value their health enough to fight for quality school food, but that they are also educated about healthy eating habits in the first place! I feel that a major problem regarding obesity and bad health in general in the US is lack of education with lack of access right after. According to this blog post http://www.resetsanfrancisco.org/news/may-31-11/san-francisco-school-lunches , despite San Francisco’s popular foodie culture, a large majority of the food served to these foodies’ students/children is prepackaged, high in sodium, and corn syrup-filled!

    How can such a “green” and progressive city allow its children to be fed with such unhealthy food? I think we need to educate the students and parents about the truth about their school system’s food, so that an effort can be made from the bottom-up.


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