Only 6 to go.
6 more days of packing school lunches, that is.
Yes, I have been counting down the days. For some reason I just dread doing this every morning. I can’t wait until summer when I can just make lunch for all of the kids at once. No more washing all of those lunch containers either!
But as much as I tire of packing those lunches, I know that I’d much rather that the kids eat my homemade lunches than the school made lunches. Some of the offerings at our school have been pretzel with cheese sauce, french toast strips, cheese sticks. Not exactly the healthiest stuff. I really wish the school offered better options that I could feel good about the kids eating. So, I was really surprised when I read an article today in our local paper.
It’s about a local school district that tried to make healthy changes to the lunch menu and it did not go over well. Please take a minute to read the whole article. I found it very depressing.
“The company went overboard, administrators said. It cut all fried foods and monosodium glutamate. It also made all breads, pastas and tortillas with wheat.”
Was this too much for the general population to stomach? No fast food? No MSG? And whole wheat products?? Next thing you know they’re going to be offering fresh fruits and vegetables!
Now I know that most kids wouldn’t eat some of the things I pack in my kids’ lunches. But they will eat healthy food if that is what’s available to them. And if they are presented in an appetizing way.
One of the board members (also a parent) had this to say about the changes: “I’m sick of packing lunches.” Apparently this parent was upset about having to package up unhealthy foods for his kid’s lunch. I have an easy solution for him: let your kid buy the healthy option! Problem solved!
With so many complaints, the food vendor was forced to change their menu which of course meant that “they increased their unhealthy offerings.”
There is so much talk about giving children healthy options and making good choices but when it comes time to actually implement some changes, no one wants to put in the effort. I’m sure those kids were not happy about fried foods being taken off the menu, but they’ll get over it. Don’t we, as parents, want our kids to be eating better. Are we just going to take the easy way out and let our kids eat junk just because they think they like the way it tastes?
Sorry for the rant. I’m sure I’m not getting every detail of the story from one short article, but what I did read was very discouraging.
What are the school lunch options like at your school? Do you pack your kids’ lunches or do they buy lunch?