This Woman Makes Healthy School Lunches Kids Actually Want to Eat
Betti Wiggins has been working to feed urban children—consistently, systematically, and healthfully— for going on 30 years. One of her first moves as executive director of the Office of School Nutrition for Detroit Public Schools was to fire the food-service contractor that provided school meals. Today, what you'll find on Detroit school trays—potato-crusted pollack and Michigan sweet corn—is as impressive as what you won't: iceberg lettuce, corn dogs and chocolate milk. Over time, Wiggins built a system that feeds all 57,000 students at 141 schools two, sometimes three, meals a day for free. (Previously, 72 percent qualified for free food.) She also christened 80 school gardens, six hoop houses and a 2.5-acre production farm within the Detroit city limits. "Just like pencils and books, kids need a good diet to be educated."