Remember when the federal government claimed pizza a vegetable because it has tomato sauce?  Whether you do or do not, it doesn’t really matter as every parent knows school lunch is a joke. A really, really sad joke which is why our family packs a lunch everyday; though, in an ironic twist we do let the boys buy lunch when it is pizza day every other week.

To bring more awareness to how sad our Nation’s school lunches are – and they are sad because of big, money hungry companies looking for a place to dump their lowest quality food products, The American Heart Association is looking to re-authorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Offerman whose role as the meat eating Ron Swanson in Parks & Recreation and the author of his latest book Gumption brings a subdued outrage to what is happening in our schools.

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While I hope there is some change in school lunch programs, I’m doubtful lunches will ever be as healthy as the ones we pack at home.  That said, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is an effort to improve the situation for many families especially those who receive free school lunch.  When I was a kid and my single mom was on public assistance, we would wait in line for free cheese and other food products and also received assistance through free school lunches.  It’s a great program for families in need. Sadly, the free lunches have become some unhealthy and contribute to the childhood obesity issues so prevalent today.

Please take a moment to visit Protect School Meals and let your political representatives know you want to see positive change.

Thank you.

Notes in a Lunchbox

On December 8, 2011, in Family, by Chris Baccus
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No surprise to anyone who knows us or reads this blog regularly, but we rarely have the boys buy lunch from the school cafeteria. This is great in so many ways:

#1: We control what our kids eat, not some school lunch meal planner.

#2: I think it’s cheaper though doubtful with all the organic this and organic that. But I like to think we are saving a few bucks this way.

#3: Lunchboxes are so cool these days. Our boys have personalized lunchboxes by Yubo.

#4: My wife Stephanie’s art degree gets used every morning.

I like Reason #4 the best because it’s always interesting seeing what napkin art is happening every morning.  The other day, I noticed the picture above. Apparently, Theo wanted a dancing clementine (orange) in his lunch. Ta Da! Dancing Clementine with top hat and dance shoes created in a minute.

Perhaps I should start having Stephanie pack my lunch. I wonder if I too would get dancing fruit?

Do you pack your children’s lunches and if so do you leave a note or some artwork for them to enjoy later that day?

 

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