Monday, January 30, 2012
School Lunch Overhaul At Last
For the first time in fifteen years, we have some new regulations from the government. It seems that what is served in school cafeterias is determined almost entirely by this top level of leadership, so it is possible that these changes might mean real improvements for kids. The guidelines call for less salt, fat, and sugar, and attempt to increase the amount of fresh produce and whole grains allowed. Of course it's not all good news. After heavy lobbying, the tomato sauce on pizza is still counted as a veggie.
Nevertheless, the news could mean some very positive changes. It will take a while to trickle down to the cafeteria level, and it is still possible that the lunchroom realities might not be as pretty as we would like. Will there ever be a day when a parent can send their child with lunch money and feel confident that they will be well fed? I will be watching my nieces' lunch menus with great interest and crossed fingers.