I’ve got the kids going to camp together. I carefully researched and found one where they won’t be outside very much. (I have kids who glow in the dark like me.) The program provides food — a hot lunch and two snacks. I asked about the lunch and the options are, of course: chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, pizza, bagels, or hot dogs. The snacks are chips and pretzels.
In this case, I believe the lunch choices came out of a need for convenience and low cost. You’ve got a lot of kids. You need to feed them quickly. It’s not like hummus and pita or grilled chicken on a roll is going to be possible from a profit margin or speed perspective. I was actually happy to see the pizza and the bagel on the list of food choices. Big Girl could eat bagels every day of the week and be happy about it. Little Girl is more of a problem. She won’t eat any of the above. MAYBE the pizza. Maybe. But I’m probably just going to have to feed her when she gets home anyway since she’d rather laugh and have fun than eat anyway. Or send a sunflower butter sandwich and pray she actually takes the time to eat it.
As for the snacks? I’m actually going to ask if fresh fruit might be another option. I’m feeling pretty confident that they might approve my request. I know the caterer for the camp has bowls of fresh fruit sitting out on its counter. I also know that they charge $1 for the chips in the vending machines and only $.50 for a banana. My kids love bananas. It might actually work out. Of course there’s a third option: I could send two snacks per child every single day. While I’m not against this, I’m actually running out of snack options. Any ideas? It must be portable, nut-free, and not require refrigeration. I’d love to hear your ideas.
This post is how I am participating this week in Real Food Wednesdays and Fight Back Fridays — two awesome campaigns to get people eating real food again.