School-lunch chef Ann Cooper (watch her talk from EG’07) has been touring the US this summer, asking locals to change their approach to food in schools. Her own revolutionary school lunch program, in which kids eat local produce and fresh bread, has taken hold in Berkeley, California; Cooper just moved to Boulder, Colorado, to revamp that lunch system.
To help other school systems transform their own meal programs, she just launched a beta version of The Lunch Box, a website from her nonprofit F3: Food Family Farming Foundation. Inside The Lunch Box are budget models, menus and lots of recipes — enter the number of servings you need, and the recipe page calculates how much of each ingredient you’ll need. (Meatloaf for 600, anyone?) On Sept. 24 in Houston, Cooper will talk about the project at the Tinsley Elementary School.
Watch Ann Cooper below and catch her enthusiasm for feeding kids good food: