Today, May 17th is Food Revolution Day. I signed up on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Site. It’s a day to share what you know about eating healthily and cooking at home.
For Food Revolution Day, I’m going in to my sons’ Elementary School to tell the kids about it and help them make healthy food choices. I’ve gone in several times before and last year got the PTA to create a position called the Food Services Liaison. The FSL is the point person between the parents and the School Food Services Provider/Director. As the FSL I also coordinate other parent volunteers to go in at various days in the year to help educate the students as to what choices they have each lunch especially when it comes to the fruits and vegetables.
Today I’ll be going in with another mom to help persuade the kids to get a fruit or vegetable (or several) if they are just skipping past them. We make sure they know that all those “offered” foods are available to them and they can take as many as they’d like as part of their paid/free lunch. I may also try to dissuade them from buying the optional (and extra costing) snacks they offer them at the end of the line. They’re usually empty calories and too many times they have ingredients that many parents would rather steer clear of. If the children get plenty of the fruits and vegetables as well as the protein and carbs that are already on their plate, they should have enough food to keep them satisfied.
Since we (almost always) cook at home, this is my way of helping others eat well and form a good foundation to a healthy life.
Have you ever considered going into your child(ren)’s school cafeteria? Have you discussed what foods they serve and how they serve them at school? Does your school allow parents to volunteer in the cafeteria?