This morning I was joined by dozens of hungry children during breakfast. We were at Edison Elementary bright an early, before classes started for the day.
Hundreds of children eat school lunches every day, and many of them also eat breakfast. So I’ve started to do some reporting on what our city’s kids are eating in school, by eating with them for a few days.
Last week I ate at Blue Ridge Elementary, but the breakfast sandwich I chose, although good, didn’t look like a popular choice among the children, given the quick glance I gave around the cafeteria. Most had grabbed the favored “pancake on a stick.”
Today at Edison I was really excited to give the pancake on a stick a try. It’s basically a breakfast corn dog. That’s a breakfast sausage, I believe made with turkey meat, dipped in pancake batter and baked. It was good with syrup, and the chocolate milk I chose. I also got some applesauce (not too sweet!), some canned peaches, and a slice of really tasty watermelon.
I have to admit I’m more of a coffee and toast person, or even oatmeal, but it hit the spot. It was also a bit more fruit than I’m used to in the morning.
I’ll be eating at area schools a few more times, getting to talk to some of the older students and also getting a peak at what goes on in the kitchens each day. I’m also hoping to hear from some parents who feel strongly one way or the other on what our schools are dishing up for lunch and breakfast. Maybe you’d like to join me for lunch one day?
This week I’ll be back at Edison for lunch. Lunch time is when the real variety is dished up and children get to make lots of different choices.
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