Remember the old days when you could make your own lunch at home and bring it with you to school in a paper brown bag? Nowadays, we know so much better.
Students have to eat food out of the cafeteria where the food can be approved by school officials for quality assurance. But I hear it’s pretty hit or miss with regards to quality. Mostly miss.
It was Michelle Obama who campaigned so aggressively for the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, an act which has so far left kids unhealthy and starving. The Obama administration recently claimed that their diet and nutrition scientists know more than anyone else how to feed kids. I guess rotten, wilted and brown produce passes as “healthful” in schools today. And it’s apparently not an uncommon occurrence to find dead bugs in their food. EAG News reported:
Students at Sheehan High School have received a little extra protein in their fruit cups, and their parents aren’t happy about it.
Several students posted pictures online of fruit worms that they’ve discovered in their school lunch fruit cups in recent weeks, prompting school officials to launch an investigation into the problem, the Record-Journal reports.
School food services director Sharlene Wong confirmed that a single fruit worm was found in one fruit cup, and it was sent to a lab for testing, but called the issue an “isolated incident.”
“It was a fruit worm that was found in the cupped fruit,” Wong wrote, according to the news site. “The distributor was contacted and a (quality assurance) review started. The company came to pick up the worm and the supposed fruit cup it was in. My understanding is that it is being sent to a lab for testing.”
But parents aren’t buying the “isolated incident” line, and have taken to Facebook to voice their frustrations and post pictures taken by students of worms and moldy bread served at Sheehan High School.
Kimberly Davidson told the news site her daughter sent her a picture of a worm she found in her fruit cup several weeks ago. The daughter of a friend, Gini Selvaggi, reported the same type of worm in her fruit Friday.
“What are they feeding our kids?” Davidson questioned. “It looks like a maggot.”
“It’s kind of gross that this is an ongoing problem,” Selvaggi added.
Wong said the district received a letter from the fruit canning company that essentially said these things happen sometimes.
“They stated that ‘organic matter’ can appear because it is impossible for fruit to be effect free due to the limited amount of pesticides being used in orchards,” Wong wrote, according to the Record-Journal.
It is true that these things are going to happen sometimes. Most of us live sheltered lives when it comes to the realities of growing produce. We expect that there won’t ever be any living insects or larvae present in our food, and when there are, we get grossed out and feel like we need to call the distributor or the farm that produced it to complain.
I remember helping my grandpa in his garden out in California when I was a teenager. He had a pretty sizable cornfield. We’d be pulling off ears of corn and I’d come across one that had a green worm eating away at the kernels. I’d show it to Grandpa, and he’d say, “Yeah, I don’t blame him.” Then he’d just hack that part off with his knife, and that was that.
That being said, I haven’t come across many bugs or worms in the produce that I’ve gotten at the store. Maybe once or twice. The fact that students are reporting many of these occurrences is a reflection of the poor quality of food that these schools get. They can’t afford good quality, fresh food, and as a result, kids are repulsed by what they’re (essentially) forced to eat. In turn, this will have the exact opposite effect of what was intended by the law.