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Author Gaddis, Jennifer E., 1985- author.

Title The labor of lunch : why we need real food and real jobs in American public schools / Jennifer E. Gaddis.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 297 pages) : illustrations
Series California studies in food and culture
California studies in food and culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : why we need to fix the food and the jobs -- The radical roots of school lunch -- The fight for food justice -- From big food to real food lite -- Cafeteria workers in the "prison of love" -- Building a real food economy -- Conclusion : organizing a new economy of care.
Summary "Children, parents, and pundits agree that there's a problem with school lunch. Big Food companies have largely replaced the nation's school cooks by supplying cafeterias with cheap precooked hamburger patties and chicken nuggets chock-full of industrial fillers. Yet it's no secret that meals cooked from scratch with nutritious, locally sourced ingredients are better for children, workers, and the environment. So why not empower "lunch ladies" to do more than just reheat ready-made industrial food? And why not organize together to make healthy, ethically sourced, free school lunches a reality? The Labor of Lunch aims to spark a progressive movement that will transform food in American schools, and with it the lives of thousands of low-paid cafeteria workers and the millions of children they feed. By providing a feminist history of the National School Lunch Program, Jennifer Gaddis recasts the humble school lunch as an important and often overlooked form of public care. Through vivid narration and moral heft, The Labor of Lunch offers a stirring call to action and a blueprint for school lunch reforms capable of delivering a healthier, more equitable, caring, and sustainable future"--Provided by publisher.
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Subject National School Lunch Program (U.S.)
National School Lunch Program (U.S.)
School children -- Food -- United States.
School children -- Food -- Government policy -- United States.
School children -- Nutrition -- Government policy -- United States.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Agriculture & Food.
School children -- Food.
School children -- Food -- Government policy.
United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Gaddis, Jennifer E., 1985- Labor of lunch. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019] 9780520300026 (DLC) 2019017211
ISBN 0520971590 (electronic book)
9780520971592 (electronic bk.)
9780520300026 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)