In an article by Ron Nixon on NY Times earlier this month, “Nutrition Group Lobbies Against Healthier School Meals It Sought, Citing Cost,” we learn that the School Nutrition Association has “sold their souls to the devil,” as one commentator squarely put it.
The School Nutrition Association says it still supports healthier options for schoolchildren whose lunches are subsidized, but a major problem, the group said, is that children are simply throwing away the fruits and vegetables. The waste amounts to $684 million each year, said Diane Pratt-Heavner, a spokeswoman for the group. That money, she said, “is enough to serve complete reimbursable school lunches to more than 228 million students.” [bold added]
Hey, I’ve got an idea. Rather than considering WHY children may be throwing away fruits and vegetables away, and seeking to better design the presentation of the food and the students dining experience, how about we just let them eat cake? Yeah! That’s the right thing to do.