It doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone to hear students aren’t happy with thier cafeteria choices. But what may surprise you is what they are complaining about.
A group of New Orleans students called the Rethinkers released a report today in which they outline 12 Recommendations for Public School Food and Cafeterias. Among thier lists of desires: more access to fresh produce and local seafood, reusable utensils, composting, and permission to talk with thier friends in the cafeteria. According to the Rethinkers, Samuel J. Green Charter is a prime example of a school that cares about the health of its students and thier environment.
This report got me thinking.
When I was in elementary we used to have a half hour lunch then 30 more minutes to play outside (which was secretly exercise).
Now I only get a 30 minute lunch which is supposed to include driving time off site if I didn’t brown-bag-it. Which often encourages fast food or eating whatever I can afford to buy out of the vending machines with the change I find in my desk. Not very appetizing.
I wonder if those middle school students are available to rethink my lunch options. It is summer vacation after all…
What recommendations do you have for “rethinking” lunch at schools, the workplace, or even at home?