There is an improved awareness in the school systems that healthier foods need to be on their menus. Chef Carlino, who serves school lunches, reminded me of the obstacles in front of decision makers. So before you go storming in and demand better food for your kids, take a look at what these obstacles are; then make your move.
1. Food DIstributor's make deals with food companies. Food companies are known to off load their over-runs or soon to be out of date products to school lunch
distributors for pennies on the dollar. This fits the school's food budget.
2. Contracts with food distributors and food companies are made for multiple years. In order to change the planned orders, these contracts have to be broken at
a price, or, they have to run their coarse.
3 Cafe managers and workers need to be educated about healthier products and menus.
Chef Carlino suggested that parents "create a demand, not a protest." In other words, offer constructive practical solutions without being negative or angry. A group of parents has more power than a single one so work together. Talk to principal, supervisors, cafe managers in a helpful mode.
Number One way to change the system – don't use it. If most of the kids brought their own lunches to school, the school lunch program would fail – it could not survive. Then the school would need redesign their school lunch program. You could be right there to help them!
Chef Carlino offers more helpful and delicious school lunch ideas in our interview with him. Click HERE. to listen.
… for the health of your family,