Chef with Issues – Jamie Oliver says schoolkids deserve more than junk food
October 6th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
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Chefs with Issues is a platform for chefs we love, fired up for causes about which they're passionate. Chef Jamie Oliver's TV series include "The Naked Chef," "Jamie's Kitchen," "Jamie's School Lunch Project," "Jamie's Great Italian Escape," "Jamie at Home" and the Emmy award-winning "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution." Chef Oliver has inspired people all over the world to cook and care about the food they serve their children.

Your kids deserve better. Because Congress failed to pass the Child Nutrition Bill last week, unhealthy school lunches will remain unhealthy.

While the bill wasn't perfect, it would have created stronger nutritional standards and provided more money for the school lunch program - adding six cents per lunch for the first time in 30 years. This was the first step on the long ladder to fresh food, and now it's a missed opportunity.

Among other things, this bill would have banned the junk food that is served in schools and competes with the fresh food your kids need. Eating this junk every day will take 10 years off their lives and cost you a fortune - adding thousands of dollars to the family health care tab.

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  1. Stephanie

    Kids will eat whatever appeals to them and their taste buds. How can we expect schools to serve fresh meals when we won't provide the funds for schools to buy and serve good healthy food? As for parents being responsible, have you looked at what the typical American family eats? Look at all the fat adults and figure it out! The govt steps in because Americans are too lazy to change their habits. Another thing is, healthy, fresh foods are more expensive than junk food to prepare so since our schools are struggling for funding, what do people think their kids are going to be eating in the public school system?

    November 30, 2010 at 10:52 am | Reply
  2. anasindria

    parents? parents? where are you?! feed your children right. Look at what children in my country eat for their snacks during school breaks http://www.aboutindo.com/2010/10/11/jakarta-street-food-deep-fried-pasta-and-sausage-omelette-on-a-stick/ it's quite horrible to see how the food are deep fried in that dirty palm oil.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:28 am | Reply
  3. LaLa

    The gov't does a lot of "talk" aut obesity in the antions youth and how it affects the healthcare..bla, bla,bla, but then THEN turn right around and serve this junk. NO WONDER KIDS ARE HEAVY! School is where they are learning to eat this crap!

    October 6, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  4. Sue

    The "feds"...we are talking school here not jail. Do you even know where all of you schools money comes from? Probably should read a book.

    October 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  5. SueDS

    Why is this an issue the federal government is getting involved in? It should be up to the parents to monitor what their kids eat and it should be up to the school district to make these decisions. Not the feds.

    October 6, 2010 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • Coach Kay Lynne

      The federal government is already involved. Who do you think sets the standards for school lunches? Not only sets the guidelines, it bases funding on meeting those guidelines.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Reply

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