Palo Alto's school-lunch menus get fresher fare
Original post made on Aug 16, 2013
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on Aug 16, 2013 at 9:42 am
With the ethnic diversity we have in Palo Alto, our schools can only offer a very limited choice which is unlikely to suit all cultures.
Saying that, I remember my school days when there was very limited choice and bringing lunch from home was not allowed. It did mean that we all learned to eat what we were given or go hungry. The food was not that bad although we all complained, but I don't remember anyone being hungry or being obese either.
on Aug 16, 2013 at 10:55 am
The main reason we don't use the lunch program is there is a lot of trash associated with it. I like the move to healthier food. My son might not.
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:23 am
Dr. Skelly was wrong (as is everyone else thinking the way he does) in focusing on "cost control". Everything has a cost. Your health is your true wealth; consequently, when you are faced with crappy food devoid of nutrients simply to control costs, everyone is a loser.
It is possible to provide good nutritious food at an affordable price but the desire to make it happen by a dedicated group of people is necessary to reach this end. I don't think that "Bosco Sticks"and their like are really the kind of foods we should be feeding our children if we want to provide their brains with adequate fuel to learn well.
Unfortunately, I would guess that a good percentage of children using the school lunch program are from the less financially well-endowed families hence those children receiving the free or reduced cost (don't know if this is a option) lunches suffer the most. Thanks to those that have helped make even this small improvement a reality.
I am sure that the kids will learn to love edamame!