"...Denise Snow, the school cafeteria manager, said that children can be taught to eat better. “When we went to whole-wheat pizza, the kids fussed for a while and we lost some of them,” Ms. Snow said. “But now they don’t say a thing, and pretty much everyone is back to eating them.”"
Ms Snow works for Orange County High School. She gets it. Offer people, even teens--OMG!-- decent food and they will eat it.
The piece by Gardiner Harris in the NYTimes quoting Ms Snow begins this way:
WASHINGTON — "The Obama administration will begin a drive this week to expel Pepsi, French fries and Snickers bars from the nation’s schools in hopes of reducing the number of children who get fat during their school years." Hubba hubba.
Back in the day, when little American students were not obese, one had to hit the local Mom and Pop store or in my case, Mrs. Neustedt's, to buy a 3 Musketeers bar, or an orange Tru-Ade, with $$ begged from home. The family larder did not include these items, dare I say. Mrs. N was a tiny dark-haired woman with dirty fingernails who could barely see over her counter, and 8 year-olds figured she was a gypsy, because while we were hemming and hawing over what to buy, she often disappeared behind the dark red velvet drapes behind her, possibly to shake her crystal ball, or rattle her dice.
So now crappy food is almost unavoidable at many schools---I hate to see my beloved potato lumped in with syrupy soft drinks and candy bars, truly, because the potato itself is a powerful, healthy food, ideal for people of any age. No one is supposed to live on fries, 3 x day, people. And one can make fries--we all love them--so that they are not mere vehicles for oil and salt infusions.
That said, reading that Orange County High wheels a candy wagon around the school, as a fund-raising device, casts a chill, indeed. But we have a national defense budget a zillion times larger than that of any other country, and, no surprise, schools sell candy to supply student basic school things.
Hey-- no health care for the citizens of the US! Way, way, WAAAY too costly, of course. And those people rolling into hospitals with diabetes ?? Gosh and golly--what to do?