I Feel Like We Won The Lottery
I can hardly believe it!!! I had to pinch myself when they made the announcement today. Our school district is getting some of its vegetables locally, from a CSA? Are you freaking kidding me? They've banned chicken nuggets and "breaded" foods? They're serving organic, baked chicken?
I had to look around me to make sure I was in the right place, because let me tell you that our school district is not rolling in cash right now. We also have a high percentage of kids on free or reduced lunch. We're tough as nails, thank you very much, but I wasn't expecting this.
I am overjoyed. I am so proud of our Director of Food Services. Seriously. I will probably drive down to his office right after I post this and give him a giant kiss. (So what if I get arrested?) It's been coming on slowly over the last two years. Our director has been making subtle changes, not wanting to rock the boat, working to have small victories here and there to prove that it is worth it to care about what you eat. I know he's a huge fan of Michael Pollan (and you should be too) and he's been easing the schools in our district to a better meal plan.
You probably think I'm going overboard here, but you have no idea how important this is to me. And what's funny is that the only kid in my family who likes school lunch is Zinabu, and that's just occasionally. But when I think of all the kids who go to school and can eat carrots that were picked last week from just down the road, I could cry with joy. I feel like we just won the lottery!