L.A. Unified to give up chocolate milk in school cafeterias
L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy is expected to announce Tuesday night that the nation’s second-largest school system will no longer offer chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk starting next fall. The announcement, according to district and entertainment-industry sources, will be made on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" during an appearance with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
The policy change is part of a carefully negotiated happy ending between the Los Angeles Unified School District and Oliver. The chef has made his confrontations with the school system a main theme of the current season of his reality show, "Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution." Both Oliver’s and Kimmel’s shows air on ABC.
L.A. Unified had already been considering doing away with flavored milk, which advocates, including Oliver, criticize because of its added sugar. District officials, in fact, had asked suppliers if they could formulate a flavored milk with no added sugar, said a district source. If they succeed, flavored milk could reappear.
District officials have an unhappy recent history with reality shows. The district paid for an estimated $100,000 in repairs after the show "School Pride" spruced up Hollenbeck Middle School. The reality shows haven’t fared that well with L.A. Unified either — both "School Pride" and Oliver’s series suffered from unenviable ratings.
-- Howard Blume
Photo: Enjoying the banned treat (Los Angeles Times)