Friday, January 15, 2010

Fed Up: Be Very Afraid.

Parents of public-school children, please take a look at this new blog. Mrs. Q, a public-school teacher in Illinois, has pledged to eat school lunch with her students every day in 2010. She posts each day's meals on the blog.

You might be alarmed, and you'll probably be disgusted. You likely wouldn't want to eat most of this food yourself, especially if you're trying to make healthy, sensible choices in your diet.

I made additional comments in response to Mrs. Q's post yesterday. I'd re-post them here, but can't seem to get Blogger to play nice and let me copy and paste my comment, so just look for it on the post from Thursday, January 14.
No, Arlo doesn't eat school lunch. That decision is very strongly reinforced by the content on this blog so far.
What do you think we can do as parents to make the school-lunch program better? I know that packing a lunch for Arlo every day makes HIS diet better than that of his classmates--but what about those kids that have to eat school lunch every day? What can we do for them?


Mrs. Q said...

Thanks for the mention. It is scary. Of course there are differences among districts. Maybe things are better in your area. Still it's best to send your kids with food you can trust.

Kris said...

My 5th graders once noticed that the Doritos (!!!) they were served as part of their school lunch were past their expiration date. So not only bad food, old too sometimes.

Scooteur said...

Of course, if the Doritos were fresh, that'd be different. (NOT.)

Scooteur said...

P.S. Kris! I love your knitting books! The "Knitting To Go" pack of patterns is one I find myself constantly going back to. Thanks for your comment.

map said...

Bummer. I tried to click on the post title to send it to a friend, but it takes me to a different blog. Bleh.

Emily said...

ok, this is very interesting. I had no clue this is what school lunch looks like. Do our local schools offer up this vacum sealed crap? That is ridiculous!!! Also, serving this on disposable trays? I don't classify myself as "granola" but this makes even my skin crawl!!!!!

Stephany said...

The school lunches here in IC are equally appalling.

Someone mentioned the Doritos. I remember absolutely going livid when I found out what a walking taco was: taco meat, with iceberg lettuce, with doritos crunched up on top.

My "favorite" main-dish is deep-fat friend mozzarella sticks...because that's healthy