Unfortunately, what our schools are feeding our kids will be a concern for years to come, I'm sure. A reader friend, Susan, from Mobile, Alabama, sent me an email that I knew would shock all of you as it did me. And not in a good way, as you probably already guessed, based on the title of this post…
Kelly, see the memo that my daughter just sent me. This is from a wonderful Christian school that my 6 year old grand daughter goes to, and my 4 year old grand daughter will go to next year. I never let her buy her lunch (I take care of the girls while their Mom works), but still! They really are a fantastic school, teachers and staff are wonderful, the school is very well regarded, and they have the best of everything except for the horrible lunches they serve: hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, Capri Suns, chocolate milk, desserts, etc., and now this. Any suggestions on how to handle this?
“Dear Parents: We will be making a change from Pepsi to Coke products in the school cafeteria when we come back from Christmas break. All Coke products will be sold in 20 oz. bottles at $1.25 each. Bottle water will be sold for $1.00 each. Third grade students will be able to order Diet Sprite, Diet Fanta Orange, Powerade Mixed Berry. Students in grades 4-12 will be able to order Diet Coke, Diet Cherry Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Mello Yellow, Diet Fanta Orange, Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet Sprite, Powerade Mixed Berry. Again, all Coke products will be sold in 20 oz. bottles at $1.25 each. We feel this will be a positive change.”
Pick all your jaws up off the floor, take a deep breath, and let's give Susan some advice. Unless you are shocked speechless.
- School lunches – healthy alternatives (Don't let your kids get hot lunch, whatever you do!)
- Real Food compromises in the school food revolution
- Parent complaints over chocolate milk – not what you'd expect, unfortunately
- Jane Hersey: Improving school lunch food is not that difficult, here's how.