School lunches - losing money again
Original post made by Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 16, 2008
I visited England during Spring Break and read an article in the local newspaper about school lunches in the local schools. It seems that the lunches kids brought from home were much less healthier than the school lunches and there was a move to get kids to eat the more healthier school lunches. One of the things they were doing has not been tried here.
Since it was Easter, they had arranged the last day of school before Easter as an Easter party and the school lunch was themed for the holiday. As part of the school lunch, the parents provided party games and events to make the lunch time a real party and the lunch food followed the theme with eggs and hard boiled eggs as part of the fare. I know that we can't do an Easter party here, but we could incorporate the idea of the themed parties we do at Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc. as part of the lunch program rather than as an extra.
Trying to get more kids to eat healthy should be our goal. When we see kids arriving at school with a six pack of twinkies for lunch, we should be able to show them that a school lunch can be healthier. When we see kids arriving at school with a healthy salad and wholewheat roll, we should make sure that our school lunches are equally healthy and attractive to all our kids.
Losing money on our school lunch program is a waste we shouldn't tolerate. Kids' eating unhealthy lunches should be something we should also eliminate.
Using the lunch program as a method of having a school party is a great idea if it can be worked through. Do we have any other ideas?