Roughly 30 million kids in the U.S. eat school lunch every day, and “Big Food” companies have a pretty big stake in what makes it on kids’ trays. It starts with federal money, but before USDA funding makes it to cafeterias, many school districts order from food giants who grab a big slice of the school lunch pie.
School lunch has never been just a midday meal. Andrew Ruis, author of Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States, joins “Thinking Aloud” host Marcus Smith to talk about the social, political, and economic concerns that gave rise to school meal programs..
Lunch Gets Schooled
Epicuriosity × PechaKucha, Madison, Wisconsin, 2013