Israel’s School Lunches May Get a MO-bama-Style Makeover

This piece first appeared on The Jew and the Carrot blog at The Forward.

Jerusalem City Councilmember Rachel Azaria (second from right) and other parents protest unhealthy school lunches.

Jerusalem City Councilmember Rachel Azaria (second from right) and other parents protest unhealthy school lunches.

One of the signatures of modern Israeli cuisine is fresh, flavorful food made with fruits and vegetables that grow almost year round in the country’s temperate Mediterranean climate. So, it might be a bit surprising to learn that Israeli kids are eating school lunches that are as lacking in freshness and good nutrition as some of the worst American school lunches.

Armed with examples of fixes for the problem, like First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution campaign, Jerusalem City Councilmember Rachel Azaria is leading the fight for healthier school lunches in her city and throughout Israel.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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