• Home
  • Just Life
  • Product Reviews
  • Entertainment Reviews
  • Contact

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A School Without a Cafeteria=Terrible Hot Lunches

Unfortunately, my kids go to a school that does not have a cafeteria (thank goodness we live in sunny California).  Our school has a small corner area where kids walk through to pick up  their microwaved hot lunches.  Yes, microwaved!  You can only imagine what reheating a plastic packaged piece of pizza or hamburger looks and tastes like.  As my boys say, "It is the most disgusting thing ever!"

Per the district website, the foods served meet the USDA Nutrition Guidelines but who cares when the way they are prepared leaves them barely edible.  I find it humorous that their website actually claims that they provide "appealing foods."   Appealing to whom?

While I realize adding on a cafeteria would be a difficult thing for our public school to do, when we can barely keep regular programs going without the aide of fundraising efforts, I do wonder why we can't provide better lunch options.

Sure, cooking hot foods from scratch would be difficult to manage without a kitchen but how about offering some delicious cold lunch options?  Yogurt with berries, turkey sandwiches, salads, even the old standby, peanut butter and jelly would be better than what our kids are being offered.

I think it is time to talk to our school officials and demand better options.  I'd love to see us start an Edible Schoolyard like Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California.   We have a huge field at our school.  We could corner off a section to create an organic garden.   What a great way for kids to participate in hands-on learning about food and nutrition.

Schools are making these changes all across the country, it is time we did the same.  Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and Alice Water's Chez Panisse Foundation are leading the way and proving that we can provide our kids with fresh, healthy food options.

Join the food revolution by signing Jamie Oliver's petition today, I just did!

This food for thought was inspired by the Yahoo! Motherboard.  You can read other posts on this topic at the Yahoo! Motherboard site.   I'm glad that they planted this seed with me and hope I did the same for you. 


  1. It sounds like you have some great ideas and I hope you can rally some other parents and students around you to make these changes happen!

  2. When they pass off Nachos with fake cheese as a nutritious lunch, you just have say "WHAT????!!!!" My kids have never wanted "hot lunch" and I wouldn't waste my money on it. It's a shame though. We could be doing SO much better.

  3. You might be interested in listening to this,if you haven't already.



Please leave your comment here. We request word verification to prevent the spammers out there. Thanks a lot!