Join Me Tomorrow for a Panel on School Food

In honor of Food Day later this month, Urban Harvest is hosting a series of events tomorrow which are likely to be of interest to Spork Report readers.

Starting at 4:30-5:30 pm at John H. Reagan High School, the Reagan Eco Club will lead a series of tours of the school’s Urban Harvest garden.  Then from 5:00-6:15pm in Reagan’s Teaching Theater there will be a screening of the documentary, “What’s on Your Plate?” (reviewed here).  And from 6:30-7:30, I hope you’ll join me for a panel discussion on the topic “School Lunch Updates” with panelists Brian Giles, Senior Administrator of HISD/Aramark Food Services; HISD trustee Juliet Stipeche; Recipe for Success‘s Gracie Cavnar; Christine Sullivan of Revolution Foods; and myself.  The panel will be moderated by Beverly Gor of Can Do Houston.

Reagan’s gardens are located on the corner of Arlington & 14th streets, and parking at the high school is available on Arlington or in the downstairs garage.

I hope to see some of you tomorrow!

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[While I serve on HISD’s Food Services Parent Advisory Committee and the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), all views expressed here (and on The Lunch Tray) are entirely my own.]

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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.)

Stemming out of my activities here in Houston, a year and a half ago I launched a widely-read daily blog, The Lunch Tray, devoted to ”kids and food, in school and out.”  (You can read more about The Lunch Tray here.)  The Lunch Tray is national both in scope and in the composition of its readership, but lately I’ve also wanted to focus on HISD school food specifically, providing interested parents with information on the latest developments in our district.

That’s why I created The Spork Report, an unofficial source for news and opinion about Houston ISD school food. 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.

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