I made the mistake of taking a closer look at Hari’s school cafeteria menu. So very McDonaldy is all I can say. Granted, there is some protein, a fruit here and a veggie there, but overall the menu leaves one feeling that all the kids are served is junk food in disguise. Hari admits that the choices are not great but still wants to do it once a week for all the perks that go along with it.
I googled a bit and it turns out the issue is more complicated than what I thought. It’s not a question of offering the right choices, it’s about offering the right choices without compromising on taste while keeping it scalable and affordable. Easier said than done.
Speaking of food, Ram’s theme book at school for April is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. For project time, his teacher has been making a favorite food of each child in the class. Oh, I tell you, they cook all drool worthy food – banana bread, french fries, brownies, spaghetti, mac n cheese and what not.. All made with the kids contributing in some form or the other. Really cool and brave of her, don’t you think?