Monday, October 11, 2010
Help with Childhood Nutrition
I remember those days of school lunches in a small town in Ohio. Back then we were served peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Not pre-made sandwiches, but, family style sandwich fixings. You got two slices of bread and on your table was a bowl of USDA peanut butter, jelly, and dill pickle slices. Things have certainly changed, but, are they better. Look at today's school lunch program. Vending machines with soda and snack foods. Pre-made or deep fried most everything. Your kids deserve better. Because Congress failed to pass the Child Nutrition Bill last week, bad school lunches will remain bad. While the bill wasn't perfect, it would have created stronger nutritional standards and provided more money for the school lunch program -- adding six cents per lunch for the first time in 30 years. Only six cents per lunch! How many of us buy a coffee at the gas station (notice I did not say service station) and pay a buck or more. Lets put our priorities in the right place. Missed opportunities, to fight childhood obesity and increase the nutrition of our children, are had to recover. Sound off on your opinion regarding childhood nutrition and obesity. Help find a solution. Get involved! Contact the American Culinary Federation Chef and Child Foundation to find out how you can help.