USD Hosts Discussion On School Lunches In San Diego

The Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego (USD) will sponsor a panel discussion on improving school lunches on Tuesday, October 23rd. The panel will share information and ideas on how they think best to solve many of the issues surrounding school lunches.The discussion will take place at the USD’s Institute of Peace and Justice building, in Conference Room E. The panel discussion will be held from 12:30pm-2:30pm. The event is open to the press.

The panel consists of four members: Gary Petill, the Food Service Director of San Diego Unified School District; Barbara Cole Gates, the founder of Lean & Green Kids; Dallas Dotter a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at the University of California, San Diego; and an area high school student.

Jonathan Wadley, a Visiting Professor at USD who is currently teaching a course titled Food Politics in the USA, will moderate the discussion.

The purpose of the event is to provide a venue for experts to share ideas with one another and the audience on how school lunches can be fixed in order to resolve major health issues, such as obesity, facing youth. The panel will also address the recent and controversial reforms to the National School Lunch Program championed by Michelle Obama. Ideas on how individuals can become involved in the fight for healthier school lunches will be discussed, as well as the obstacles that stand in the way to many of these school lunch ideas.

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