IMO, it all starts at home…
Interesting bit in the NY Times yesterday - schools are taking steps to make school lunches healthier - more vegetables, more fruit, less crap. And guess what? Kids are protesting. Kids are forming Facebook groups against the changes. Kids are making videos poking fun at the changes.
I hate to (hate to) say it, but I really firmly feel that a crappy diet starts at home. If a kid is eating fresh fruit and vegetables at home, then doing it at school should be no big deal. If a kid is eating a balanced meal that doesn’t go overboard with calories at home, then doing it at school shouldn’t cause this wave of complaints.
We do all of this work and put all of this worry into “fixing” school food - but if parents aren’t doing their part at home, all the work in the world isn’t going to make a difference.
And then, of course, we get into affordability of whole foods compared to affordability of convenience foods - many, many parents are doing their best to feed their kids but their dollars only stretch so far.
It’s sometimes enough to make me lose hope.
But not really.