I get why parents would fight to ensure healthier options are served in schools. I don’t get how they expect cafeteria workers to get their kids to eat the stuff that often goes untouched on their trays. Since the start of the school year I have spent one day a week in the lunch room with Charlotte and a lot of other kindergartners. 99% of the time, she’s eating hot lunch. Thankfully, like me, she is not a picky eater and does a good job cleaning her plate–well some times I help her clean it. This week I was impressed to see each child was offered a baked chicken breast. How healthy and tasty, I thought. But I’m an adult. Sadly most of the children eating hot lunch did not seem to be interested in the tender white meat. One at Charlotte’s table declared it gross before even tasting it. I did my part to encourage them to try it and naturally pulled some chunks off my daughter’s piece to set a good example. If you’d argue some of the kids might not be big meat eaters I will tell you the peas also were untouched or didn’t even make it on the trays since children are given options as they go through the line. That’s what moms and dads want, right? More choices. Well as the lunch lady who came around to see how the baked chicken went over said to me, “We can’t force them to eat it.” Agreed. Unless you’re going to show up every day and hand pick what goes on your kid’s tray and into his or her mouth, good luck keeping them from tossing a lot of often more expensive and healthier food in the trash. I watch it happen every week. Believe me, I considered stuffing a few chicken breasts under my shirt and making a run for it.
Posted under Baby Thomas: Month 45
This post was written by Tara on March 30, 2012