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Newark School Puts Focus on Food

By Kendall Kish | April 12, 2013

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When we approached St. Philips Academy in Newark, I had no idea what kind of experience we were in for. What I thought would be a simple look into the technology behind the school’s aeroponic farming system, turned into an eye-opening experience and realization of how one small change can get the ball rolling to make monumental and all-inclusive steps in changing how kids learn about, eat, cook, and view food. Read More

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Notes From LinkedIN: X-Ray Vision Carrots & Changing the Way Our Children Eat

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 11, 2012

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Changing the way our children eat could be as simple as changing the way they talk about food. According to a recent study by Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, children in schools are almost twice as likely to choose vegetables as part of their lunches when they have more exciting, dynamic names like “Power Punch Broccoli,” “X-Ray Vision Carrots,” and “Silly Dilly Green Beans.” While not calling for a revolution in naming, these simple observations are almost intuitive in their conclusions: making any activity fun and engaging makes children more enthusiastic about it, and eating better is no different. Read More

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Martha Payne : A Nine Year Old Inspires Change to School Lunches

By Allana Mortell | June 18, 2012

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The internet has always been a hotbed resource for sharing, reaching out and creating conversation with the world, but one nine year old girl from Western Scotland has revolutionized and single-handedly affected change on one food-oriented, political issue disturbing us all : that of the school lunch.

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Martha Payne created her food blog, “NeverSeconds,” over three months ago as a project to document and shed light on the options for food at her school. Describing the blog as “one primary school pupil’s daily dose of school dinners,”she posts photos of her meals on a lunch tray along with a rating system which covers everything from “number of bites” to “food-o-meter”. The blog quickly took off, garnering more than 2 million views in a matter of weeks. During that same time, Martha has been raising money for a charity close to her heart, Mary’s Meals, which provides daily meals to over 600,000 school children in 16 different countries including Kenya, Malawi, Liberia and Haiti. Before Martha’s story had reached international headlines, the young girl had helped raised about $15,000 towards Mary’s Meals but since today, donations had exploded past $127,000.  Read More

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