Two years ago the Globe covered a controversy regarding the Boston Public Schools serving expired foods. At that time, parents correctly raised concerns about the nutritional quality and social meaning of serving expired food. Concerns such as those were addressed to a degree in Monday’s article on the Urban Food Initiative (“Putting expired foods to healthy use,” Page A1), but they warrant further discussion as we grapple with reducing nutritional inequalities.
Food security is a measure of social disadvantage. Central to its definition is the ability to acquire food in socially acceptable ways. For many parents in the Boston schools, serving expired foods to children was unacceptable. Likewise, many Boston residents may feel that it is unacceptable to sell expired food to low-income residents.