In case you missed it, I wrote about our cooking project with the kids at the blog, Fed Up With School Lunch. This is one of the warmest, most passionate communities of people on the Internet and I was thrilled to be a part of it all. There is great support out there for kids and this blog proves that. Check it out and tell me what you think.
For those of you who don't know - the blog is written by Mrs. Q, a mid-western school teacher who has promised to eat school lunch with her kids every day for a year. She is actually eating what the kids are eating in school and writing about the experience. She is one of those people on the front lines of making food better for kids and you gotta love her for that. The chick has moxie. I look forward to meeting her one day and calling her by her real name.
The funny thing is, this shouldn't be such an extraordinary thing, eating what kids are eating. I mean, kids have been eating crap lunch (crap meals) every day, for years, and rarely has the public been up in arms. It's been accepted that this is what we feed kids. It's not even questioned. But when a grown up eats school lunch, it seems revolutionary, brave, crazy. I think sometimes, in our collective consciousness as a nation, we just think kids should be okay with less than they deserve, that crappy food is good enough, that they are too little, too powerless, too stupid to know the difference. Honestly, I think that's what we think about our kids.
Hopefully, our little cooking program with kids at Central Park East II proves that kids care when given the choice. I also want to thank Stop & Shop for funding this coming year's cooking program in the Pre-K. They are a good company. They care about families and kids and what they're eating, and they've made it possible for us to keep going. If you are on the East Coast and you have a chance to choose Stop & Shop over another chain, do it and think of me and know I'm appreciative for their (and your) support.
More later. Today is Edie's birthday. She's four. And she's just waking up...Everything is ahead of us.