In a Washington Post news article, school cafeteria workers are finding it difficult to feed the children under the new, somehow more difficult food rules. Apparently, schools must offer dark green, orange or red veggies and legumes at least once a week. The students also have to choose at least one fruit or vegetable per meal. They can still have flavored cow milk (naturally), but it must be nonfat, and of course no trans fats. Apparently, the kids need to see adults eating such strange foods as chicken with a bone in it, and it will be crucial to have food ambassadors to eat foods in front of the children, you know, so they can mimic the strange behavior.
Please. What nonsense. I get that kids may not be familiar with foods like Jicama, or Radicchio. Heck, I saw that movie where the teenager ate his first apple on camera. I get that there are some children who do not eat wholesome, local, fresh foods at home, but from the first day of school the children are shown what an apple is. Let's not completely strip them of their dignity, in thinking they need to watch a human eat a piece of fruit before sampling.
This smacks of the school's cafeteria balking at the idea that they can't simply zip open a box or bag and heat it up for the kids. Let's face it, we all know that feeding our own kids can be a pain. I can't imagine having to feed hundreds daily. But they are hired to do a job. That doesn't mean try to cut corners and whine at every swipe of a spoon or heaven forbid, slice of a knife that they have to make.
How about these *struggling* food staff invite parents who actually DO cook, to come up with some ideas for them? It isn't rocket science. Some people need to pull up their hygienic food worker gloves, and get to work.