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Is Your Child the Next Great Chef?

By Marcus Samuelsson | May 22, 2013

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Mario Batali, Cooking, Child, Kid

Don’t worry, I’m not trying to put pressure on you! I’m a firm believer that people find their own passions. In fact, my mother would be the first to say that being a chef was the last occupation she would’ve ever pushed me towards for the simple fact that she has never enjoyed cooking. But she also was very encouraging when it became clear that I loved being in the kitchen, even if it meant that I spent more time in her mother’s kitchen than in ours.  Read More

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Benefiting the Northside Center for Child Development

By admin | March 21, 2012

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Located here in Harlem, the Northside Center for Child Development is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children.  Northside is a long-standing Harlem agency serving thousands of children in the community.  It was founded in 1946 by Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark who were famous for the “doll study” that helped to desegregate schools through the Brown vs Board of Education ruling.  They provide behavioral health and education services to children from birth through age 18 from Harlem and the South Bronx. Read More

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San Francisco Schools May Impose Restrictions for Food Trucks

By admin | March 14, 2012

Photo: peter burnham

Photo: peter burnham

By: Michael Engle

A prospective state law was recently proposed in the California legislature, where food trucks would be forced to stay at least 1,500 feet from all schools–public and private; elementary, middle, and high–on all school days, from 6a to 6p.  (The San Francisco Financial District was specifically exempted from this law.)  However, instead of approval, this initiative was met with criticism.  San Francisco Chronicle correspondent Rachel Gordon covered this up-and-coming food fight (within the legislature, not the cafeteria) between Assemblyman William Monning (D-Santa Cruz), who wrote the original bill, and San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener.  Wiener worried that Monning’s restrictions would yield unintended consequences, while suggesting that jurisdictions should be able to opt out of this law.

Naturally, a wide geographic restriction would force a constant number of food trucks to compete within decreased space.  San Francisco’s Financial District would likely become more saturated with food trucks, as certain owners would hope to reestablish their businesses without having to be “too close” to a school.  While some food trucks may adapt to this new measure, it is hard to imagine that these businesses would thrive, compared to the current regulations.  Realistically, it is likely that many trucks would withdraw from the “street food” business, given less opportunity to make a profit with constant operating costs. Read More

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Teaching Kenyan Children How To Soar: A Look at Flying Kites

By admin | March 14, 2012

Rahab and friends

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Flying Kites is a unique initiative that emphasizes the fact that Third World Kenyan children do matter. Many moons ago, the founders of Flying Kites volunteered at orphanages in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. With a set-up that ‘wasn’t effective’ and was a shameful way to treat children, Leila de Bruyne, Toby Storie-Pugh and Justine Axelsson developed Flying Kites. As their initiative to change grew into an organization, they wanted to ensure that we all see children as children and not label them as orphans.

The organization seeks to showcase the potential that children of Kenya have. With headquarters in Brooklyn, and a children’s home in Kinangop, Kenya the expansive agriculture-like land and room to run freely, the children of Flying Kites will ‘one day change the world.’ The home houses 150 children living in ten separate houses, students are educated and have the potential to flourish with a perfect view of The Aberdare Mountains in view.

Flying Kites focuses on not only providing these children with a home and education, but also instilling leadership, living, and cooking skills that can help them succeed in the future. We had the great opportunity to speak with Leila, Founder and Director of Marketing at Flying Kites to learn a little bit more about the organization. Read More

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Despite Global Efforts, 2.6 Million Children Die Due to Malnutrition

By Jeannette | February 23, 2012

Photo: Primus Inter Pares

Photo: Primus Inter Pares

By: Justin Chan

As countries like Sudan struggle to contain rising food costs, a recent study has found that approximately 2.6 million children die as a result of malnutrition.

According to the Voice of America, international aid group Save the Children released a report that claims that 300 children die every hour despite global efforts to combat hunger. Increasing food prices, it adds, have forced children to quit school and help their families earn some income. Although the lack of food has been one cause of malnutrition, the major reason behind the death toll has been the lack of access to nutritious food.

The death toll figure is much more striking when it is broken down according to continent. The Boston Globe reported that almost two in five African children, or 60 million children, are severely affected by malnutrition.  Read More

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First Lady Obama Visits Texas School as Part of Healthy Food Campaign

By Jeannette | February 16, 2012

Photo: North Dallas Gazette

Photo: North Dallas Gazette

By: Justin Chan

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama joined several Top Chef celebrity chefs to promote healthy eating in Dallas. According to D Magazine, Obama made an appearance at the Kleberg-Rylie Recreation Center to promote her project Let’s Move. The initiative, which the First Lady proposed two years ago, focuses on battling obesity. Obama has been involved in several projects that aim to provide healthier food for children.

“Healthy food can be good and delicious too,” she told a group of students from Nancy Moseley Elementary School. “And that’s what we’re going to learn today.” The event featured a cooking competition among several of BRAVO’s Top Chefs and some of the students. Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin also took part in the event. Split into three teams, each team was required to design a meal that was both nutritious and delicious. Obama, celebrity chef Tom Colicchio and White House chef Sam Kass served as judges. Read More

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Helps Decrease Food Insecurity for Native American Communities

By Jeannette | February 13, 2012

Photo: Rennett Stowe

Photo: Rennett Stowe

By: Justin Chan

Native Americans will receive a huge boost of assistance from the First Nations Development Institute, according to MarketWatch. The organization was awarded $2.88 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, over the next three years to help improve children’s health and provide financial support to the community.

First Nations, which primarily serves Native American areas throughout the United States, will use the money to fund its food security program. The extensive project will allocate 10 grants each year to help selected Native American tribes or communities in need of assistance. The program has several initiatives, which include managing community-based food systems to increase the distribution of healthy foods, creating food sustainability and helping Native American communities evaluate their local food systems. Read More

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School Lunches Just Got A Whole Lot Healthier

By admin | February 6, 2012

Photo: Bread for the World

Photo: Bread for the World

By: Ashley Bode

Last week, school lunches made great strides toward becoming more healthful. The USDA announced new guidelines for subsidized school lunches, showing the first changes to the program in over 15 years, changes that have become part of The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The Act is a piece of legislation that allows the USDA to improve lunch and breakfast programs for school children through nutrition and a hunger safety net, a first in over 30 years.

Mark Bittman chronicles the pros and cons in his opinion piece for the New York Times, continually providing readers with an educated discussion on the way food systems operate in the US.  He is quick to note that the new rules, which lessen the importance of protein-centric meals and increase fruit and veggie portions, are less than perfect, but also are the biggest step made toward a nutritional based program for children in desperate need. Read More

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Can A Ban on Junk Food Ads Reduce Its Consumption?

By admin | January 23, 2012

Photo: sean dreilinger

Photo: sean dreilinger

Studies based on an experiment in Canada, show that a ban on ads that promote junk food among children is likely to cut down their consumption. The experiment took place in Quebec province where the government banned fast food ads between 1984 and 1992, resulting in the consumption of about 11-22 million fewer fast-food meals per year. This translated to 2.2-4.4 billion fewer calories consumed by children and a reduction by 13% of fast-food expenditures per week in each household, according to Kathy Baylis, an economist from the University of Illinois.

This raises certainty to the question of effectiveness of junk food and fast food ads targeted at children. Read More

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