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What's for lunch?




Longtime education reporters will tell you that one of the best places to interview students is in the school lunch room. And though cafeteria managers will try to convince us the food is tasty and nutritious, eating there with the kids is another story.

So kudos to Mrs. Q, the iron-stomached Illinois teacher who has decided to eat her school's offering every day, and then chronicle how she's faring afterward.

She's got high praise for the lunch ladies, fewer kind words for the meals (which, she notes, cost about the same as a microwaveable but are much less appealing). Here's a sample post, headlined "Health concerns and less crap":

"Call me crazy, but I'm not worried about my health. The other meals I eat during the average day are healthy. I have the money to make good meals for my family that are from fresh and frozen ingredients, many organic. So I actually think it's funny that people are concerned about me. Thank you, I'm doing fine (and it's only day 10).

Also, I really don't have lofty goals for my cash-strapped district's limited resources. I simply want my school administration to be more reflective about what they are serving the children they don't want to "fall behind" (NCLB inside joke). I mean, would it hurt the district's meal planners to offer the occasional yogurt to the kids?

I want less pre-fab food and higher quality options. Less crap, you know?"

Hers is some great grassroots reporting. Can't wait to see what happens as a result.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:48am]


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