Monthly Archives: November 2009

  • Just as good food brings people together, so does spoiled milk. And in public school cafeterias, parents say, there’s plenty of it. Anxious to rid their schools of expired food, processed “pouches” and high-fructose corn syrup, families from dozens of Oakland neighborhoods, from the Montclair heights to the East Oakland flatlands, have banded together to push for an overhaul of Oakland’s school lunch program.

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  • Tavon Frazier is a skinny 9-year-old squirming in front of his Styrofoam lunch tray. He’s eaten most of his chicken taco and his friends, all wearing the navy polo shirts of East Oakland’s Korematsu Discovery Academy, are wiggling around him, chewing on their flour tortillas and nibbling on baby carrots. Tavon didn’t stop at the salad bar on his way to the cafeteria table today. He says sometimes he’ll get applesauce when they have it, but mostly he doesn’t like vegetables, especially broccoli and carrots. His ideal cafeteria meal would be “donuts and cupcakes and a cake,” he says with a mischievous sideways grin.

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