When I was in elementary school, we were split about half and half between kids who brought lunches from home and kids who ate the school cafeteria food. As I grew older, fewer and fewer students packed from home, although I brown-bagged it into middle school (Underwood deviled ham sandwich, chips, and some sort of Hostess or Little Debbie snack cake.)
However, one of the things I learned over my time in those institutional learning facilities was that griping about school food is par for the course. Some folks have even written songs about it.
However, an elementary schooler in Scotland has raised the bar. Wired reports that 9-year-old Martha Payne started a blog called Never Seconds, in which she would post pictures and reviews of her day’s lunch at her primary school. The blog got a great deal of attention, which Martha used to solicit donations for a charity that feeds African school children. What’s more, Never Seconds also seems to have resulted in upgrades in the school chow. (And remember, this is in the nation that invented haggis and deep-fried Mars bars.)
However, the blog also drew the attention of administrators, who tried to force her to shut down her blog by forbidding her to take pictures of her meals. Happily, after a kerfuffle described in the Wired article, the blog will be up and running again in short order.
Me, I think I’ll have another sandwich.
I bagged all the way through high school and deviled ham was a staple of my lunch rotation. And just as an aside, I still remember the “Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp” lunchbox I had in grade school.
My lunchboxes were either Peanuts– or superhero-themed. Some of them would probably be worth a little now.
I remember milk and a cookie in Kindergarten–I don’t remember any school meals until Junior High School. The latter had a cafeteria, which I was seldom allowed to frequent, and a snack-bar that I did get huge cookies from–by selling bus tickets then walking rhizome, I think.
I have the recipe for those cookies around here I think.
Do you contend that the federal government still has yet to take tolal control of the situation?