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It's Time to Talk About School Lunch (Again)

It's Time to Talk About School Lunch (Again)

Update: 2022-09-29


This week, we're taking it old school with a solo Virginia episode! She's reading her most popular essay to date, about why you should stop romanticizing your child's lunchbox. (Note: We recorded this before the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health; check the transcript for some thoughts on these new developments.) 

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Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.


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The original essay

Here's the Biden administration’s new National Strategy on hunger and nutrition, including school lunches. 

The pandemic school lunch scramble.

Jennifer Gaddis on school lunches

School lunches are healthier than you think

So, what about processed foods?

Meal planning mental load

stress-organizing my kitchen

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Come hiking with this amazing group

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It's Time to Talk About School Lunch (Again)

It's Time to Talk About School Lunch (Again)

Virginia Sole-Smith