Preschool lunch menu
Originally uploaded by expatkitchen
Noodlepie posted her son's lunch menu at a French preschool. I did a post about this earlier this week. I decided to follow her suggestion and post my own kiddo's preschool lunch menu. You can click through to flickr to see it larger. It is awful. So bad that it contains things like Beanie Weenies and Hot Dog Tacos. So bad that the fruit and vegetables are a generic afterthought duplicated across each day.
I have ranted on Beanie Weenies before. I am sure we all have our lunchroom horror stories to share. Which brings me to a little idea. Let's see just how bad it is out there. And how good. We need ideas to help make positive changes.
- Please post your child's menu on your blog, then come comment and link to it here.
- Link your post to this one.
- I will do a recap of this topic in a month with all the innovative stories we gather (if any).
- I'd like to hear about it all, good and bad. If it's good, how did you get that change in place? Send me info so we can all pound our schools with it and show them it is possible to serve something better.
- Have your friends participate.
Let's see those menus!
As far as issues, good and bad at our school, the menu is the worst. The classrooms also used to offer candy as rewards for good behavior daily. This practice ended when myself and other parents became more vocal about not wanting it. I copied curriculum on introducing new foods as well as documents about the obesity epidemic and flooded the suggestion box with this. I sent links about other schools that had a "farm-to-school" program and the publicity these schools got (a valid point for a private school) from the programs.
The lunch quality has not changed. They did do a new foods introduction program with unusual fruits and veggies for a month. They added fresh fruit and veggies with dip to snack time. Good, but the lunches still need to improve. I don't plan on stopping the pressure.