Today’s menu: chili, mixed corn and carrots, tortilla chips, peach fruit cup
The fruit cup was frozen solid. That white thing on top? A pimple of ice. I laughed out loud when I peeled back the foil. Totally inedible in that state. So I let it sit on my desk all day and had it as an after-school snack. Too bad the kids couldn’t take the fruit cups back to the room and do the same. Straight into the trash.
The chili was fine. I ate it using the chips as scoops. The corn and carrots were ok too.
I didn’t take a picture of my trash today because I was interrupted during my lunch and it threw me off. Luckily my shock at an unexpected visitor wore off right away. Most people are only concerned about themselves and not what you are doing. No surprises in the amount of trash though. These are are not waste-free lunches.
I had the chance to journey farther into the school’s kitchen this past month. The kitchen is pretty bare bones from what I little I saw of the space. To change these lunches into waste-free lunches, it would be necessary to upgrade the kitchen and either hire more people or pay the current employees for the longer hours required to wash dishes.
Would the decrease in garbage costs and packaging costs off-set the increased cost of kitchen upgrades and supplies (including real plates and silverware)? Am I wrong to assume that over time the cost would dollar cost average lower and lower? What about landfill space? It will become more expensive to bury this stuff as the years wear on correct?
In Chicago Chefs come to Chicago classrooms — so cool! I want to see what happens next!
What do I think about flavored milk? Chocolate milk = white milk + 3 tsps of sugar (and HFCS). It seems obvious that chocolate milk should not be offered daily. Maybe every other Friday or something, but with 1/3 of students being obese, it’s not good to eat an additional 3 tsp of sugar with your lunch every single day. In some ways I wish I weren’t lactose intolerant so that I could drink the milk every day to show you that having an additional 3 tsps of milk every day adds up.
Check out this information about Challenge Day from Notes from the Cookie Jar. I work with younger kids so it doesn’t quite work the same although we do discuss character ed when appropriate. I think that Challenge Day is a great way for kids to learn about difference and understand other people who turn out to be just like them.