COA Presents talk on school lunches

RELEASE CALENDAR ITEM AT BOTTOM COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC PRESENTS TALK ON SCHOOL LUNCHES Jan Poppendieck, author of “Free For All: Fixing School Food in America,” to speak CONTACT: Donna Gold, Public Relations: 207-801-5623, 207-266-4470,

BAR HARBOR, ME-What do we want our children to eat while at school, asks Jan Poppendieck, author of “Free For All: Fixing School Food in America.” She will be coming to College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum on at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 in the McCormick Lecture Hall. The talk will be titled, “The Ultimate School Lunchroom.”

Notes Poppendieck, a sociology professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York, last December, “a two-year long Congressional battle to re-authorize the nation’s child nutrition programs concluded with the signing of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.” Once that was signed, she continues, “anti-hunger advocates, public health activists, and proponents of environmental sustainability took a deep breath before gearing up for reauthorization of the farm bill next year.” This space, says Poppendieck, offers a great time to talk about what parents would really like to see in the nation’s school lunchrooms, and perhaps question the conditions under which the meals are prepared, and even the compensation for those who do the work. Poppendieck has additional questions, such as: “What should happen to the waste? How should school food be financed?” She will also discuss long-range goals for the nation’s school food programs, as well as major obstacles and recent progress toward their achievement.

Jan Poppendieck is a graduate of Duke University and holds a PhD from Brandeis University. Her primary concerns. as a scholar and as an activist, have been poverty, hunger, and food assistance in the United States. She is also the author of “Breadlines Knee Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression” (Rutgers: 1986), “Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement” and numerous articles on hunger, food assistance, and public policy. She serves on the Boards of Directors WhyHunger? and Community Food Advocates and the advisory committee of School Food FOCUS. Poppendieck’s most recent book “Free for All” was awarded the Outstanding Book Award for 2010 by the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

For more information on the Tuesday, April 19 talk at 4 p.m. in McCormick Lecture Hall, contact John Visvader at or 207-288-5015. Free.

CALENDAR ITEM TALK: Tuesday, April 19 at 4 p.m.: “The Ultimate School Lunchroom,” a conversation with Jan Poppendieck, author of “Free For All: Fixing School Food in America for College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum. McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME. or 207-288-5015. Free.

Donna Gold Director of Public Relations, Editor, COA Magazine College of the Atlantic 105 Eden Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 207-801-5623, office 207-266-4470, cell

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