Saturday, September 29, 2012

Breakfast of Champions?

I was excited to spend some time with Mason at school last week.  Each year they have a Grandparents event where students can invite their grandparent to eat breakfast and visit the annual book fair.  I knew from recent years with Maddie not to expect too much of the meals served.  Our district utilizes a company to provide meals for the kids.  Mason was excited about getting to eat breakfast there since he normally eats at home.  First, let me say that I admire the people who work in the lunchroom at schools.  I know they work hard and do their best (I could tell that morning how hard the ladies behind the counter were working).  Having said that, the food results are much less than stellar.  This particular morning breakfast was warm applesauce, cold whole wheat pancakes and strawberry milk.  The pancakes were rubbery and could not be eaten with a fork.  Mason seemed to enjoy one of the pancakes and drank most of his strawberry milk.  He was VERY excited about the milk and couldn't understand why I didn't take any of it!  Even the trays lacked appeal as they were stained and scratched from years of use.  The new revisied school lunch program has gotten a lot of attention lately, but the changes appear to me to be too little.  When my children were in elementary school they had actual homemade food.  The smells from the kitchen were enticing and the food was served with a great deal of love and pride.  Kids lined up for Myrtle's home made hot rolls and steaming potatoes and vegetables.  I believe there was even some fried chicken on the menu.  I certainly don't want to be branded as a negative person, but I feel like our schools could do so much better for the kids.  My grandchildren usually take their lunch and eat breakfast at home, but there are so many children who don't have that as an option in our community.  Don't they deserve an appealing meal at school?  I don't know how to fix the problem, but I can't help but feel like we are "failing" these kids with such unappealing meals.  On a positive note, Mason was excited to share that he had gotten "a real pear" at school and had eaten it down to the seeds.  Our family doesn't eat a lot of pears, so I guess he had never had a "real" pear before.  Maybe I am expecting too much, but in a poor district such as ours, I think some home made food served with a little attention to color and taste would be a bright spot in many students day.  Any thoughts?

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