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Capital Public Radio Takes a Bite Out of School Lunches

New documentary focuses on innovation in California

Contact: Joe Barr
(916) 278 - 8969
joebarr @csus.edu

Sacramento, Calif – Aug 20 , 2012 : Beginning this year, the federal Healthy Hunger - Free Kids Act requires schools across the country to serve meals with more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while reducing sodium and fat. It's estimated that 60 % of California schools fal l short of meeting the new regulations.

The latest multimedia documentary from Capital Public Radio, What’s for Lunch? The Move to Improve School Nutrition, explores schools in Northern California that are creating new menus, juggling budgets and cookin g up new ways to convince kids to eat their vegetables. It’s a tall order with cultural, bureaucratic and historical hurdles. The program airs Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Capital Public Radio News. Also on www.capradio.org/lunch, where a preview is available now.

"It's difficult to realize how complex a story might be until you start investigating. To fully report this documentary, we not only went into school lunchrooms, but also explored th e kitchens where food is prepared, the classrooms where students learn about new foods and the farms where that food is grown,” says Documentary Producer Catherine Stifter.

Capital Public Radio reporters Steve Milne, Marianne Russ and Elaine Corn will ta ke you inside the kitchens and behind the scenes: from the award - winning Elk Grove School District to the Yolo County General Plan’s mandate for a farm - to - school program, to free summer lunches at San Juan Unified.

"We're proud to present this program, w hich is the result of several mont hs work by our documentary unit,” says Joe Barr, Capital Public Radio’s Director of News and Information. “This is just the latest example of Capital Public Radio's commitment to creating the finest in - depth journalism abo ut issues important to our listeners."

Funded in part by the California Endowment and the California HealthCare Foundation.

CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO NEWS 90.9 FM Sacramento ∙ 90.5 FM Tahoe/Reno ∙ 91.3 FM Stockton/Modesto ∙ 88.1 FM Quincy

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