school lunches en Third-grader raises money for hot school lunches for low-income kids <p>A&nbsp; third-grader from Howell is making a big difference.</p><p>Eight-year-old Cayden Taipalus was upset when he saw a child refused a hot&nbsp; lunch at his elementary school cafeteria because his lunch account was in arrears.</p><p>Instead, the child was served a sandwich with fruit and milk, the alternative provided free by Howell school policy when a student's overdue lunch balance reaches $5.</p><p>Amber Peters is Cayden's mother. She said he came home asking how he could help.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16753 at Third-grader raises money for hot school lunches for low-income kids Are schools in America flunking lunch? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A 2007 School Nutrition Dietary Assessment concluded that most schools in America exceed USDA guidelines for the quantities of saturated fat, total fat and sodium in our school lunches.</span></p><p>And the surplus beef and poultry that the USDA offers as free commodity items to our schools are held to a lower standard than fast-food chains like McDonald's. In the past ten years, the USDA paid $145 million for pet-food grade "spent hen meat" that went into the school meals program.</p><p>The average dollar amount spent per school lunch nationwide is just $1. Twenty-five cents of that is spent on milk.</p><p>What can school lunches tell us about the politics of welfare, food science and agriculture companies? And what can they tell us about inequality in Michigan and throughout America?</p><p>Susan Levine, a professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of the book, "School Lunch Politics: The surprising History of America's Favorite Welfare Program,” joined us today.</p><p>And Jean DuRussel Weston, the Director of Patient Education and program manager for Project Healthy Schools at the University of Michigan, also joined in on the conversation.</p><p><em>Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:53:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 15521 at Are schools in America flunking lunch? Program keeps Detroit students well-fed through the holidays <p>Some Detroit Public Schools are open part-time over the two-week holiday break.</p><p>The district&rsquo;s Holiday Learning Fest program tries to keep kids engaged in fun academic activities. But it also aims to keep them well-fed.</p><p>On Thursday, volunteers handed out food baskets to parents as they picked up their kids. Gleaners and the United Way donated the fresh food baskets.</p> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:38:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5589 at Program keeps Detroit students well-fed through the holidays