Before my son started public school in St. Paul, I expected to pack his lunch every day. School lunches in my day included delights like mystery meat, sugar-laden French toast sticks and canned peas. Blech. But I’ve been surprised and impressed by St. Paul Public School lunches. At a parent event at my son’s school today, here’s what I ate:
Fresh baked chicken legs, diced red potatoes, fresh carrots and cucumbers, and a spinach salad with tomatoes and diced eggs. (My hubby drank my chocolate milk.)
Kids also can take bread and jelly to complement their lunches or select a sandwich instead of the main dish.
Of course, some parents are still frustrated that the district serves chocolate milk. But I say if that’s the worst of our problems. . . we could have worse problems.
Scrap food goes into a “pig bucket” for a local farm. Today, they used Styrofoam trays due to the high volume of people at the school. Reusable trays are the norm.
I was quite impressed.
If your child goes to a St. Paul Public School, don’t waste your time packing a lunch. For $1.85, school lunches are a good deal. I hope more districts will follow St. Paul’s example!
For more information about St. Paul Public School Lunches (including the Farm to School program), visit the district’s Nutrition Services page.