Class Warfare Blog

March 30, 2013

Free School Breakfasts and Lunches, Part 2

Hot on the heels of a national report emphasizing that the meals served in fast food restaurants are nutritiously poor for today’s youths, I want to follow-up on my recommendation that all minor school children get free breakfasts and lunches.

Since I don’t want to get involved in a “ketchup is a vegetable . . . it is not!” debate I want to suggest that each state form a committee of experts to design a large number of menus for schools. If the state is in the Southwest, such menus will reflect tastes there (I love Chili Verde!). If in the North there would be menus with specialty foods for Poles, Jews, and Irish folks. And there would be plenty of Jell-O salads for those of you in the Bible Belt. These menus then could be shared via a national school menu database so that all schools would never suffer from a lack of variety should they desire that. The only requirement for these recipes is that they should all start with fresh ingredients to the greatest extent possible.

The experts selected for these Menu Commissions need to have just one qualification: they need to be the Mom or Dad of a current school age child. It would help if they also had no ties to the food industry. Committee tyro’s would need to learn how to scale up recipes to the sizes appropriate for their school kitchens and then only need a modest budget to test out a few recipes. Maybe these commission need to be convened once a decade, because tastes just don’t change that fast. (Anybody hate Mac and Cheese? Didn’t think so.)

If you don’t like that idea famed chef Jaime Oliver of England talked parliament out of a considerable sum of money to upgrade school lunches over the pond. That could work here, too.

Stand back; I don’t know how big this thing gets!


  1. Nutrion and healthy productive children and their parents are vital to our economy. Very wealthy people are going to run out of slave labor if they they don’t help sustain the health of their work force. Oh wait! They have the christian right forcing unwanted pregnancies to go full term. That will offset any loss with existing workers perishing earlier than their utility demands.


    Comment by lbwoodgate — March 30, 2013 @ 9:27 am | Reply

  2. Did you ever catch the Jamie Oliver series done in American schools? It was really very good.


    Comment by john zande — March 30, 2013 @ 10:14 am | Reply

    • Saw one, could work. I just want to get down to “what works” when all we seem to be doing of late in federal politics is talk and then doing (as little as possible) business as usual.


      Comment by stephenpruis — March 30, 2013 @ 10:22 am | Reply

      • Well, you have two strong allies in Oliver and Mrs. Obama… Two people i would most certainly trust mt children with (if i had any).


        Comment by john zande — March 30, 2013 @ 10:53 am | Reply

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