I've been looking for a job for MONTHS. Seriously the jobs here are so very scarce. I was even looking at fast food jobs, and no one was hiring. I finally found one...good hours, good pay, nice people. I'm serving crappy food to daycare kids.
And when I say crappy, I do mean it. Not just that it has meat and dairy in it. I can get over that. But they may as well be feeding them fast food. Just really low quality, lots of fat, tons of sugar ect.
The director of the daycare said if I had any new ideas for the menu to let her know and they'd see if they could work them in. They do have a budget of course. But the kitchen is very limited and I work just long enough to heat up stuff, not do any "real" cooking. As much as I hate seeing these kids eat this stuff and actually to be the one to serve it to them, I'm staying. It's a good job and if I don't do it, someone else will. And I may actually be able to make a difference. I'm gonna try anyway. I'll probably wait a month or so before I start making suggestions, just so I don't come off as a control freak right off the bat. The first thing I'm going to go for is whole grains. It would be a easy switch. Everything is white bread, regular pasta, ect.
And the snacks! Omg. Rice krispie treats, fruits snacks (yes the kind with HFCS), goldfish, pretzels. Nothing with any *substance*. And tons of sugar of course.
And the kids are so proud of themselves for eating this "healthy" food. "I ate ALL my corn!" "I love milk, it's so healthy!" I just grin at them. I can't tell them that it's not fair to them that they weren't served a proper veggie (it's often canned corn or tator tots) and that their milk is factory farmed and filled with hormones.
One of the moms made a big stink about her son being allergic to milk. He has his own soy milk and any time there's something with cheese on the menu, I have to make him something different. I went and let her know that ALL the entrees have milk in them, even the fish sticks and meat ravioli. She was just like, "oh ok. I think he's fine with those though." Oy. She told me she looks at all the ingredients when she goes to the store, but wasn't worried about the daycare food. Okey dokey.
The employees seem SO thrilled that they are able to offer them such good food. I've heard one of them brag that they get a serving of veggies every day. Is that something to brag about?
This is what my own personal hell is, I think. They are SUCH nice people though that I can just not think about it most of the time. I just hate walking into classrooms and seeing a 50 lb 2 year old screaming because they had to take her food away because she already ate 3x the amount the other kids did. I wanna scream, "If you'd give her some REAL food that filled her up, she wouldn't keep stuffing her face with crap!" Gah!
Ok, I feel better now. This is the standard meal plan for schools. No wonder we have such a nutrition crisis in this country. We start 'em as infants (yes the 12 month olds get rice krispie treats too).