Yesterday 200 lunch professionals protested in front of the Chicago Board of Education demanding that real cooking be brought back to school cafeterias. They are sick of reheating frozen food and seeing it thrown away because kids don’t find it appetizing. The effort was organized by Real Food Real Jobs and it was covered by Fox News (news article and video). Their four major demands include:
1. Actively solicit and incorporate workers’ input to improve school food.
2. Make a commitment to cooking by building working kitchens in all new schools and avoiding replacing cooked food with frozen.
3. Help lunch professionals reach their full potential through comprehensive training on cooking, serving and eating healthy food.
4. Encourage lunch professionals to partner with students and parents.
To me, these are no brainers! I’m saddened to think that lunch ladies don’t feel a part of the decision making. Wouldn’t those on the front line have the best ideas on improvement? Let’s empower the people who work directly to feed hungry children by incorporating their suggestions, teaching them cooking techniques, and involving them in discussions with parents and students. Get more information by visiting: http://www.realfoodrealjobs.org/