Hello! 👋

I’m Bettina Elias Siegel, a former lawyer, writer, and mom of two.

From 2010 to 2020, I wrote a popular WordPress blog (also called The Lunch Tray), and my writing about kids and food has also appeared in places like the New York Times, Civil Eats, Heated, and the Houston Chronicle.

In late 2019, I published my first book, Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World, which the New York Times called “a blueprint for how to raise healthy eaters in a fast-food culture,” Real Simple named one of the best books of the year, and Marion Nestle described as “so good, so well written, and so important that nothing I can say can do it justice.” (More info here.)

About this newsletter 📰

The Lunch Tray newsletter covers all things kids and food—from school food policy to to picky eating help. Each week, for 48 weeks a year, I share a rundown of the kid/food links I find interesting or important, in a bullet point format you can easily scan to find what most interests you. The newsletter is read weekly by parents, policy wonks, journalists, school food professionals, and others interested in kids and food.

Here’s a prior issue to check out.

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