Friday, January 30, 2009
The Standard School Lunch Program :: The Horrors
Our daycare experience, to date, has been pretty seamless. I was able to nurse Willa at lunchtime - every day. When solid foods were slowly being introduced at daycare, it was mostly Cheerios and some vegetables. We started bringing in snacks and our own organic vegetables and homemade baby food as she gradually made the transition.
Then, the shock. Our first lunch menu was sent home - giving us a glimpse of what they planned on feeding her - lest we forget to bring in lunch. And, I've learned, what they have fed her a few times, 'supplementing' our from-home lunch.
Bologna, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, sausage sticks. Canned fruit cocktails.
Holy. Crap. There's no food in that food. I'm kicking myself for thinking they would know better. As an organic gardener, it is a huge leap from homemade baby food to chicken nuggets.
I'm not one for confrontations. But I just can't be okay with this. So we are planning a sit down with the daycare's director. To see how we can make sure what we bring for her is all that she eats and how we can make this as easy as possible for them.
Alice Waters - heroine of the slow food school lunch movement - oh, how I wish you had an East Coast outpost. I fear that we have a long battle ahead of us.
Anyone else out there have experience navigating these waters?