I’m a parent of two children in Houston ISD public schools, a former lawyer and a freelance writer.  I care about improving school food, and the health of kids generally, so I serve on HISD’s Food Services Parent Advisory Committee as well as the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) — but keep in mind that all views expressed on this blog are entirely my own, not the views of either of these two committees.

Stemming from my school food reform activities here in Houston, a year and a half ago I launched a blog called The Lunch Tray, which covers everything related to “kids and food, in school and out.”  The blog has become popular, earning accolades from organizations like Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and Rachel Ray’s Yum-O! Foundation.  (You can read more about The Lunch Tray here.)

I’ve been thrilled by the success of The Lunch Tray, but as my readership went national Houston readers began to account for less than 7% of the overall audience.  For that reason, I was sometimes reluctant to post news about HISD school food for fear that it wouldn’t be of interest to the majority of Lunch Tray readers.

But shouldn’t HISD parents have access to that information?

That’s why I created The Spork Report, your unofficial source for Houston ISD school food news.  But the key word there is “unofficial:” I’m not in any way affiliated with the district, any views or comments I express here are entirely my own, and I take full responsibility for any inaccuracies in my reporting.  My independence from the district means I’ll call the shots as I see them, criticizing HISD where I think it’s warranted and praising the district for steps taken in the right direction.

My goal is to update this blog weekly, or more often as my schedule allows.  Posts will appear simultaneously on the Houston Chronicle’s Chron.com website and will also be linked to on the Lunch Tray.

Finally, a word about comments.  I appreciate reader comments and will do my best to respond to them.  However, due to the significant time it takes me to publish and manage The Lunch Tray each day, comments here on The Spork Report may sometimes go unanswered or may not be answered promptly.  I appreciate your understanding.  And if you do decide to comment, please be courteous!  Per my legal policy, I reserve the right to delete comments for any reason, including tone and language, and I won’t hesitate to exercise that right to keep this a friendly forum.

Thanks for reading The Spork Report!  I hope you find it informative, and please feel free to contact me to talk about HISD school food.

– Bettina Elias Siegel


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