School lunches, orientation and then some
I want to be here more. I really do. I have plenty of things to show you still (lots of redecorating happening), but many days I am just so BLAH. Maybe if the heat ever breaks. Or maybe when Jack starts kindergarten next week. (?!?! Crazy, but cool.)
We had kindy orientation yesterday. I have already moaned about it* on facebook (dumping a fundraiser on us on open house day? gag), but I thought I would bring up the school lunch menu here, since we had already discussed lunches during Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.
Here's a sample of what they are feeding kids** at our elementary school. In a pretty solid middle/upper middle class suburb in one Money magazine's ten best cities to live in (raise a family in maybe?) a few years back.
The kids get a choice of two main dishes, which they must choose at 9 am and then they MUST stick to that choice at lunchtime or there will not be enough food for the bigger children later in the day. According the principal at orientation that is.
Lunch costs $1.95 and milk is $.60
Fish Munchies (?)
Icy Fruit Bar
BBQ Rib sandwich
Frozen blueberries with whipped cream
BBQ Rib Sandwich
Whipped Potatoes with Gravy
There are plenty of days with pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, etc.
The breakfast choices were equally appalling. What the hell is a "breakfast gravy pizza" anyway? Or a "sausage pancake on a stick"?
Potatoes as the "vegetable" nearly every day??? (Jack won't even touch potatoes most of the time.)
Where are the real vegetables?
Icy fruit bar as "fruit"?
Whipped Cream on the berries?
BBQ Rib sandwiches for kindergartners?
Where are the whole grains??
No beans anywhere?
Nothing like lettuce or spinach?
Hell, no celery even?
And this one kills me, there is NO rice. At all. In two months worth of menus. Rice (brown) is SUCH an easy grain for kids!
The whole thing was seriously depressing. I think you might be better off eating McDonalds every single day for lunch.
I called my girlfriend, who lives in a much more rural district than we do, and her menu is slightly better. There was rice and broccoli (with chicken) and whole grain breads,etc. They still had crap, but slightly better. They have a fairly high percentage of kids on the free lunch program, and I am not sure if that works into funding or not.
Have you seen a new lunch menu yet? What was it like? I am really curious.
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*I often wonder if I have unrealistic expectations for Jack. I mean, he is nearly 6 years old and I DO NOT refer to "hand sanitizer" as "soapy soap", which is what is printed on all the dispensers at school. I was kind of mortified when they automatically opened his milk and cookies for him when they gave them a snack. He CAN do it himself! Even if we put aside all issues of academics, I don't really think a 6 year old needs a grouchy bear as "discipline" for not following the rules. At home we tell Jack that his behavior is inappropriate, using those words. I really felt like they treat them like babies.
** If it matters, the lunch thing is not an issue for us this year. I have opted to have Jack in the ONLY half day classroom in the entire district, and he will not be eating at school.