Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I can only speak for the school I work at, but it is the money that talks to the foodservice manager in our school, not the well being. She says that since parents only give their kids McDonalds that she should be able to. Her goal is to make things as fast and cheap as possible and some of the entrees are absolutely horrible in terms of health and nutrition. When pressured to offer more healthy alternatives she made a couple of healthy meals and the kids loved them. But they cost too much, I think she had hoped they would hate them so she could say I told you so. She has done things that just make me so frustrated! One day we had to choose between a salad or baked potato. Then we could choose up to 4 kinds of meat to put on top, plus sour cream, cheese, and lots of unhealthy options to take a healthy food and destroy its goodness. We couldn't have just lettuce and baked potato. I understand that she has to make sure to hit all the food groups, but she goes too far. At breakfast the kids have to choose between fruit or juice, even if they are willing to forgo something else. And the thing that gets to me the most is that she brags about how in our tiny school the foodservice made $70,000 last year. Because they are so successful we are one of the only schools who have not been taken over by a bigger organization. But at what cost? Kids on the free and reduced lunch program have no choice, they have to eat what the school provides, they don't have the option of bringing something healthy from home. For some kids school breakfast and lunch is the only meals they get, I think stronger regulations need to be put in place on what can be served and take into consideration all the kids that rely on the school for their sole source of nutrition.