Has anyone had good luck improving meals in schools/daycare that receive government funding for meals and are therefore forced to follow USDA dietary guidelines?
Here are the guidelines:
Murdering children, oh!, what fun!
I wonder how much leeway you get when preparing meals for these places. Could the school buy sourdough bread, white rice and steel-cut oats to meet grain requirements, or must they buy processed grains like Cheerios or mac&cheese?
Please share any experience or ideas!
I initially thought of this when I saw that if you run a licensed home daycare, the government reimburses you for food costs so long as the meals follow USDA guidelines (actually I think if you are licensed, you must follow the food guidelines, which means I would need to be unlicensed if I chose to provide much healthier meals). Having food costs reimbursed means those daycare providers can offer lower rates. If I don't want to murder the children I care for (:P), I would need to pass the cost of meals to the parents.
But after considering that, I'm wondering what can be done for all schools and daycares in general, not just what I would personally do in my home daycare.
Regardless, I can't in good conscience feed only 10% saturated fat and only 500 calories to my kids (to me that's neglect/abuse), and then provide seven servings of grain (ouch!), so I would chose to be unlicensed.
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on March 14, 2013
at 12:12 AM
A little hyperbole, don't you think... murdering them with this diet? A whole-food approach while not paleo is certainly fine.
on March 14, 2013
at 01:03 AM
My 7 yr old gets to pick one hot lunch per week at her school that follows the USDA rules. The stuff is crap, bottom of the barrel stuff and she is usually still hungry because it isn't whole food items. Trying to improve meals while working within a govt. system is nearly impossible. During the daycare years we opted to pay our provider extra to make up for what she lost money wise and we opted out of her food program. This meant we had to provide our own milk-(almond)- and other foodstuffs. It was a hassle but worth it in my mind. Summer day camps are the same and have to give two snacks per day. These are sugar/fat laden of course. This whole topic is about big govt. lobbyists and factory farms. End of rant!