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Public School Lunches USDA Compliance?
In my opinion, government is there to provide for the general welfare of its people. Plain and simple and we give them the authority to do what's right for us.
I can't believe I said that, we actually put trust in our politicians to do the right thing? How silly can I be!
As a family, we strive to give the very best to our kids. We want them to be well rounded individuals excelling scholastically or proficient in a vocational position. We do our very best to give them a good environment to thrive.
It goes without saying they are our children, of course, why not?
Well, it goes without say that being physically healthy, we provide the best meals we can do. We ship them off with a good breakfast every day, before they go to school. Our kids are subject to massive amounts of work, lectures and continuous testing all day. You would think that the 2nd most important meal of the day is lunch and we assume a big assume that they are being taken care of
with a well- balanced meal.
Whenever we use our brains, we use the vitamins and nutrients that fuel our ability to think correctly and replenish nutrients we lose every day we live. Our kids burn these nutrients faster being so active in school.
Ok, unfortunately we assume they `are being fed a good meal and really it is the last item we are concerned about when it comes to school. Unless, your kid knows bad food when they see it and offer that observation during dinner hour.
To feed the entire school system across the country and to have some government authority, the USDA is in charge. BUT, what does that exactly mean that the USDA will oversee this aspect of their operation?
Well, for one from a nutritional standpoint, the USDA failed to provide a well balance lunch. Second, they outsource the suppliers to the lowest bidder when it comes to government contracts. Well, if you offer cheap, non nutritional food laden with fillers, inexpensive ingredients that are deemed unhealthy, the lowest bidder gets awarded the contract.
The supplies make lots of money while providing subpar food to our kids. My daughter says the quality is so poor that she actually skips lunch. So, when she gets home she so hungry and by the time dinner comes, she's practically full.
So, for me I can't just complain but I also offer a solution and here it goes. Decentralize the lunch program and allow the individual school jurisdiction take charge of how lunch should be made, thereby allowing more control at the local level. Suppliers will be local and followed with a designated chef that can bring to the table an assortment of various cuisines to our kids. A dietician can monitor calorie count and control what's good and bad for the kids.
The local PTA would vote on issues concerning the kids lunches.
The bottom line:
Your tax dollars will be cheaper for a better and healthier meal during the day. Your children will feel so much better than always being tired.
Their bodies will be more nourished with the proper nutrients for better learning.
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By Chef Woo Can