Monday, July 4, 2011

Lunch Lessons: Changing The Way We Feed Our Children by Ann Cooper and Lisa M. Holmes

Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children

I thought this was just going to be a book about lunch recipes or something. 
I was suprised, however, to see that it is much more.
It goes into the history of the school lunch programs and tells about several schools and districts that have reformed their school lunch programs into truely healthy learning environments. At some schools, food is a part of the curriculum and the students plant, grow and cook some of their own food, and when they study different countries, the school cafeteria prepares and serves healthy, yummy ethnic food from those countries. Some school cafeterias no longer serve battered, fried mystery blobs or nachos w/ fake cheese stuff on them as entrees.  They actually serve fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables and milk and meats from local farmers.
I wish that all school lunch programs would be so healthy and wonderful. 
Sadly, with all of the educational budget cuts it does not look like that will be happening any time soon.  The author lists ways to be an advocate for your child's school lunch program and gives tips on green living.
The book also has some yummy recipes that I want to try out.

1 comment:

  1. I would love to live somewhere that had a program in place where children contributed to growing the food.