School Lunch

I read a neat article on NPR here, about a 9 year old Scottish school girl, Martha, who, with her dads help, writes a blog of food reviews of her daily school lunches.  She rates them on taste, mouthfuls, number of courses, healthiness and pieces of hair.   Her blog is here.  For a split second, the local Scottish governing council said she couldn’t publish pictures of school food anymore. Quickly lifting the ban after a wave of protest,  Martha resumed her (mostly favorable) reviews, and in the process raised a lot of money for a hunger charity she started.

I thought of three things as I was reading this – from Jacksonville, FL, a city with one of the worst school systems in the state (which is about average in the US).

1. These lunches look amazing.  I haven’t seen any school lunches similar in the US.  We feed our kids such crap.

2. Of course this wasn’t a nine year old in the US.  They don’t have time for this stuff.  At best, they’re too busy worried about standardized testing.

3. What a great father. So many great lessons in what Martha is doing.

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One Comment on “School Lunch”

  1. I recently heard an article on NPR about an American woman who relocated to France with her two picky eater daughters, and her discussion of their adjustment to school lunches over there. In France, as in many parts of Europe apparently, school lunches are mandatory and there’s no such thing as packing lunches from home. The woman was skeptical about the ability of the school to get here daughters to eat, but it turns out, it really wasn’t that difficult. Like your impression of the lunches from Martha’s school, I was absolutely dumbstruck by how amazingly healthy and complete the school lunches were in the story.

    Here in Athens, I have a friend who is attempting to get a grant and outside funding to help her initiate a program that will provide schools with produce from local farms for use in school lunches. (Her thesis topic is also about the feasibility and benefits of such a program). Athens is a pretty liberal town, and may be more open to a program like this than a lot of other areas of the U.S., but I’m really interested to see how it plays out as a model that could be implemented in other parts of the country.


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