This is a picture of a cold lunch I saw the other day: three different kinds of yogurt (all mostly made up of sugar), fruit snacks, and some sort of dip-able cookie. If I needed a reminder as to why I do this work, this was it. What kind of a day was this student going to have after eating a lunch made of pure sugar, with no real food speak of? Probably one where learning is a challenge. We all know food is fuel for our brains and that kids learn better when they are filled with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Lunches like the one above are just a symptom of a broken food system where buying food that is quick and easy to guzzle down is the automatic choice for most families instead of whole foods that provide fiber, vitamins, and minerals for growing kids.
That is why school lunch is so important. Every day, food service creates well-balanced meals full of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These lunches act as the model for how society should be eating and promote eating healthy habits among kids. So here’s a shout out to all the lunch ladies at every school in the Decorah Community School District who are working hard to feed our kids breakfast, lunch, and a snack every day during the school year and to Jane Bullerman and Chad Elliot for being a top notch Food Service Director and Culinary Specialist respectively.