Last Sunday's O featured a piece on the reality on the plates of students today, "Lean funds keep school food fatty." Today's O talks more about Cory Schreiber's new role with the Department of Agriculture and his quest to bring more Oregon-farm-fresh food to the states' 192 school districts. And, apparently, there is also an effort to make sure we have a corresponding position at the Department of Education to help Cory navigate the requirements and policies on that side. Courtney, urbanMama and Activista, recently sent an email, wondering what the heck is up with PPS food:
How many of you were extremely aggravated by the article on Sunday about the food PPS serves? What is up with McDonald's being almost as good? Or food being "processed" in Cincinnati and then shipped to Portland? And the abundance of processed meat and poultry? In a town supposedly all about local, organic, sustainable, etc regarding food? Is the State talking to the District? The state hired Wildwood chef Cory Schreiber to look at these issues.
What are the statistics regarding buying food? How many kids buy lunch? How many get subsidized lunches due to income levels? I wonder what a homemade $2.00 nutritionally sound lunch looks and tastes like?
I know I can make my kid's lunch and/or get involved in a farm-to-school thing at my local school, but it makes me wonder about the priority given to my kid's health and food intake. "Argh!" - says this mama who really wants to support PPS but is questioning its food policies.
Are you a parent who buys school lunches, either in PPS or in any other Oregon school district? Where are we with making PPS food better, more local, more nutritious? What are the forces in play? How can we, the concerned mamas and papas, push the agenda harder and faster?