That's not how it is now and I had absolutely no idea until I actually saw it. I have probably mentioned before that K-'s school lunches are served in little waxed squares with cellophane wrap and dished out on a little styrofoam tray as a carrier.
Can we all say, "Yum?"
I had a beef with the lunches when we finally figured out about a month into kindergarten that they were making her ill, school was sending her home and it was just triggering her reflux. No problem. I promised to never allow her to get school lunch again.
K- has recently had a hankerin' to participate in the lunch retrieval with her friends. I came to a decision, let her in on it and it works for everyone.
Last year, when the Lunch Lady was talking to me while I was updating 100 Book Challenge, we got to talking about K-'s school lunch intolerance. Remembering that, I went to talk to Mrs. S- today to iron out some permission. What we have is this-- K- may eat the fresh items that are available. They occasionally have salads, short cut carrots and dip, apple slices, a banana and broccoli (at least those are on for this month) and Mrs. S- said that K- can come through her line and she'll let her roll with fresh stuff only. Mandate for free lunch (there is no charge to any student in the elementary) is that they must take three things. White milk is considered as one and it is skim. Hooray! If they don't have suitable "fresh" items, K- can get what she needs and place the illegal item "in the middle" so the other kids can take it if wanted. K-'s been getting salad and broccoli from the middle anyhow, so it is the pit of extra pickin's. K- did eat the chili a few weeks ago, which gave me an absolute heart attack. "But mom, it didn't even give me a stomach ache or anything!" Mrs. S- and I were discussing that today and she said, "It's because it was vegetarian!" Well, there you go. She said it was delicious. It made me feel better knowing it didn't involve pink slime. She's still not going to be cleared to eat school lunch "cooked" items. It's not Mrs. S-'s fault. She doesn't cook it. She only warms it as she is supposed to do.
Rachael sent me an e-mail with a link to the pink slime report just released. I watched the video and told her that she had missed the episode of the Food Revolution with Jamie Oliver where they showed how to make pink slime from miscellaneous beef trimmings, ammonia and a front loading washer. The idea that unusable bits of animal are gassed with ammonia, ground up and considered meat because it is pink is just beyond gross. What is more disturbing is that groceries (not all) are including this "lean textured meat" as a part of their meat is really nasty. I mean, is the fattening of America and the nasticious diseases that we have in adults and children bad enough, or shall we go ahead and fill them up with chemically treated ground up bits? Mmmmm. Sign me up!
My sister buys a bulk (but not all, though today I think that it will be ALL) of her meat at a local meat farm. She said that there is a sign on their door that says, "Friends don't let friends buy grocery store meat." I told her that I buy only Amish chickens because they aren't beefed up with antibiotics and crap. I told her the brand that I buy and when she was an apprentice butcher, she said that was all she would buy. She said that there was considerable difference between the Amish chicken and the more corporately grown chickens. I know where the farms are. I've been past the farms. They have nothing to hide, proudly hang the sign outside of their farms labeling that they are a grower of that brand of chicken and everyone looks happy.
I was vegetarian for years and pink slime makes me reconsider returning to that. Truly, it isn't out of the realm of dinner offerings for me to have made meatless meals several times a week. Even though we don't eat red meat, me thinks that veggies will continue showing up even more and more and meat less and less.
What's your take? Don't worry, anything you say can't offend.