Maniac Monday: School Lunch Blog–Check This Out!
April 5, 2010 in Elementary Educators, High School Teachers, Making Personal Connections, Maniac Mondays, Middle School Teachers, Preschool to 1st grade teachers Tags: kids and nutrition, maniac monday, Mrs. Q, school lunch blog, school lunches
I saw this story about Mrs. Q and her blog: Fed Up with Lunch: The School Lunch Project on Good Morning, America a couple weeks ago, and I knew I wanted to talk about this on my blog–since we are talking about education and stuff like that here. You know–important stuff!
So, if you haven’t heard of Mrs. Q and her project yet, then here’s a brief synopsis. Mrs. Q is a teacher in the Midwest. She is eating school lunches this school year and blogging about them. She didn’t start this project because she had some big inspiration. She started because she forgot her own lunch a couple times, and she had to eat what the kids ate. Many of these students are on the free and reduced lunch program, and this school lunch may be their only hot and complete meal of the day.
On her blog, Fed Up With Lunch, Mrs. Q has posts such as: “March recap” (posted on April 4) where she tells readers what she had for lunch in March such as 4 pizza lunches and 7 fruit cups as well as what she is learning during this project: “I am getting sick of eating school lunches. Imagine how the kids feel.” or “I am still nervous about losing my full-time work as an educator. I’m trying to think positive about other opportunities that might open up if I were forced out (I no longer believe I would be fired, but I bet it would be “suggested” that I leave). “
The lunch posts are always interesting because they have pictures of the food she ate that day. Check out these two: salisbury steak and tex-mex, and let me know if you think you would want to eat that! Not looking so appetizing!
If you are concerned with your child’s nutrition when they are at school or if you are wondering what types of meals your kids eat or if they eat at all, I would check out Mrs. Q’s blog. Her posts are full of all types of information–she has guest bloggers and experts weighing in with their opinions. She answers questions and responds to comments. What I really like and admire is she is in the trenches, and she is eating this stuff herself. She’s not just writing about it. I used to eat school lunch sometimes when I taught full time, and I agree with just about everything Mrs. Q says. I have eaten lunch at my stepson’s school–his lunch ladies are the nicest, and they are doing the best with what they are given–but it’s just not good food (IMHO). It’s just not.
So, check out Mrs. Q’s blog and/or leave some thoughts here about kids, nutrition, and school lunches.
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