THEY SAY OUR CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE?
A funny thing happened while eating dinner with my daughter tonight. My wife didn't join us because she is working hard to lose weight. Tonight, I made Japanese fried chicken marinated with ground garlic, ginger, onions, soy sauce and mirin and added corn starch to coat and fried twice for a crispy coating.
My daughter loved it, I didn't get chopped tonight but we talked about school food and as her daddy I wanted to know what they were feeding her. It's a parent thing. We make sure they go to the best schools, wear the best clothes, teach them good values and respect for everyone. We drive them to ice skating, the community pool and unfortunately for 2020 Covid-19 pandemic has limited what we can do for them. We help them study and try to steer them on the right track for their future. We worry about their health as they are the most vulnerable and worry about them ALL the time. We introduce them to experiences that they can appreciate to their kids, share our good times with stories, always willing to have a laugh or too and stress the importance of memories. But from learning in school I believe its very important that our kids get a good nutritious meal. For some, its the only good meal they get all day.
Well, as I started asking my daughter questions, it became pretty apparent that my daughter wasn't getting a so called nutritious meal. 90% of the food was fried, lots of salt, sugar and fat. She said one time the milk she got when poured emptied with chunks of fat, wasn't sour so it goes to show that milk that didn't meet the regular market was handed off to public schools. One other time, she said they served a giant chicken drumstick? The skin fell off easily and the meat came off pretty easy, lots of junk food for snacks, vegetables on seldom good day had emerald green color but most of the time, veggies were putried green and mushy.
It didn't take long for me to realize that our kids school was the dumping ground for the lowest grade of food that was both not nutritious, , lots of preservatives and additives. How healthy is this lunch for learning. If anything, it just catapults those students that have hypertension, sleepy to others and just poor non nutrition in the food.
In my day when I was in school, I have to believe that food was made on premises, not just heated up and maybe nutritious but nothing compares to today.
Now, why is this allowed to happen? Government bureaucracy I say. The state grants vendors the bidding of providing the cheapest food to the public schools. As we all know the lowest bidder receives the contract to provide food to schools and you all know the most unhealthy foods are the cheapest. It's win win for everyone. Politicians are happy getting low bid, and vendors are happy getting the contract.
Who loses? Our kids!
I can guarantee you that given a nutritious meal will up test results, retain more information learned in their little brains and feel good without the preservative and additives used to make the food taste good and just let the food speak for themselves naturally.
So, where do we go from here? I guess no where. I just wanted to bring this concern to your attention. We do for our kids everything but the thing out of control is the school lunch. I asked my daughter that she can make her lunch at home. She said "Dad, by the time she gets her lunch in her locker and by the time she gets back to the cafeteria, there is absolutely no time left.
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