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Friday, August 24, 2012 Permalink

What's for Lunch?


Beginning this year, the federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act requires schools across the country to serve meals with more fresh fruits, more vegetables and whole grains, while reducing sodium and fat. It's estimated that 60 percent of California schools fall short of meeting the new regulations.

The latest multimedia documentary from Capital Public Radio explores schools around our region that are creating new menus, juggling budgets and cooking up innovative ways to convince kids to eat their vegetables. It's a tall order, with cultural, bureaucratic and historical hurdles.


  • Farm to School

    Marianne Russ

    Yolo County's Harvest of the Month program connects local schools with the fresh produce grown all around them.

  • Free Lunch

    Marianne Russ

    A free summer fun cafe fills the need to feed hungry kids in the San Juan Unifed School District.

  • Lunch Able

    Steve Milne

    With the support of a school lunch booster club, Davis Joint Unified School District has become a regional leader in school nutrition.

  • Building a Better Cookie

    Elaine Corn

    First- and third-graders at award-winning Elk Grove Unified School District give thumbs up to menus that meet California's SB-12 nutrition requirements.


Alan Ray

Senior Editor, News

Elaine Corn

Contributing Food & Lifestyle Reporter

Joe Barr

Chief Content Officer

Marianne Russ

Former Managing Editor, News

Paul Conley

Managing Editor, Music and Arts

Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Al Gibes

Former Director of Digital Strategy

Andrew Nixon

Multimedia Producer

Beth Ruyak

Insight Host

Catherine Stifter

Former Senior Producer, The View From Here

Scott Collard


Veronika Nagy

UX Strategies Manager