School Lunch Overhaul
My children’s school does this really annoying thing for lunch. The “hot lunchers” sit at one table, and the “cold lunchers” sit at another table across the way. Almost all the kids buy the hot lunch. Which means kids who bring cold lunches are effectively physically separated from the bulk of the kids in their grade.
If I let my son get the hot lunch the way he wants, he’d eat a hot dog every day. (They have a basic lunch menu, and then turkey hot dogs as “optional entree” every day. My son doesn’t like anything, so he’d get the hot dog. (It’s a given.) So he takes cold lunch. And sits over on the sparsely populated side of the cafeteria with the other poor rejected cold lunchers whose parents pack them food every day.
As a compromise, we decided to let him do hot lunch one day a week for the second semester. One hot dog a week is acceptable. I guess.
So my interest in school lunches has just taken a 20% increase as of today, his first hot lunch day. So the news that the USDA is planning to overhaul school meal safety standards is something I will pay attention to…Marion Nestle’s summary and analysis of what it’s all about is definitely worth a read. Check it out!