choose your ending series: being a parent, drinking the kool-aid and the sugar-high withdrawl.

Continuing on our journey, ARAMARK’s website does indeed state that customers will be given an ingredient list upon request. Actually, their website offers a vast amount of company information. It’s clear that they are committed to providing a quality service, are leaders in environmental stewardship, and really do care about our children’s health. They have been named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute and have been chosen by Fortune Magazine as one of the “World’s  Most Admired Companies”.   Aside from that, they also have an impressive list of other awards given to them by various organizations spanning the globe. In an effort to help us parents spread the word addressing childhood obesity, ARAMARK has taken several calculated careful measures to help their our interests. Believe it or not, they really do care about what our children are buying eating.
In a recent press release, ARAMARK takes our (the parents) concerns to heart and defends our children. Even better, they have a plan to help. Here’s what they say…
The one area that provides opportunity to slow down the rising incidence of childhood obesity is school meals. Today, school menus must meet the USDA standards for the National School Breakfast and Lunch programs for calories, protein and key vitamins and minerals.
 We parents are glad you see that opportunity! Finally..a company on our side! Cheers! *raises glass, takes gulp*
With all the improvements that have been made to school meals, the need to educate children about making healthier choices is ongoing. Recently there has been a concerted effort, led by First Lady Michelle Obama to focus attention on reducing childhood obesity and making the nation’s schools a model for healthier living.
Right?? Education. That’s what we’ve been saying! Hooray!
Reducing childhood obesity can’t come from just adding apple slices to a school meal or serving baked chicken nuggets.
Yeah! Wait….no? Go on…
The school district plays a critical role in this effort and should create a student-enriched environment that teaches students to make healthy choices.
Of course! Parents….let’s blame the district! The nerve of them serving crappy food in a crappy environment! That’s why the kids are overweight.
So ARAMARK, as global leaders in food service, what do you suggest?
Healthy, nutritious menus that exceed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition guidelines by providing low and non-fat dairy options, lean protein choices, access to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, increased fiber from whole grain products and are tailored to students’ tastes.
An engaging dining environment where students can relax and refuel, complete with vibrant colors and age appropriate themes promoting good health, energy, and fun that resonate with students’ imagination and creativity.
 New offerings such as a fruit and vegetable bar, which provide fresh ingredients, a daily vegetarian option, and healthy express meal options in the form of sack lunches, so students have more time to eat.
A fruit and veggie bar, with fresh ingredients? Brilliant! Because, let’s face it, a fruit and veggie bar with canned fruit would be silly. I think the kids these days are calling that the “lunch line”. Any idea where we can get these ingredients you call “fresh”? And, to clarify, you feel that the answer to healthier children will be with a sack lunch; even though they have the same amount of time as before? Instead of suggesting more time to eat, you are suggesting the schools implement a plan to up the “dining experience” and then serve lunch in a sack? Tailored to students tastes?
Decision time:
 *If all of this makes sense to you. Do not continue reading the story. Instead, email just a mom in mesquite and help her understand. While she is indeed from “Mesquite”, she has been exposed to engaging dining experiences….none of which included speed eating from a bag. Except that one time at The State Fair of Texas….
*However, if you, like just a mom in mesquite, are confused as hell, and wonders what any of this has to do with ingredients, healthy lunches, and our kids, please continue with her…
In the meantime, read the press release. Not the one on their website from February. I mean this one, also from February…
 If you read it, and happen to notice that ARAMARK never mentions actually changing the quality of food they supply…you have read it correctly.

3 Comments to “choose your ending series: being a parent, drinking the kool-aid and the sugar-high withdrawl.”

  1. I have seen your website! Its awesome. Let me know how I can help…

  2. I got a link to your blog through a google alert today, and I wanted to say that I think your blog is absolutely wonderful – really, really smart. I hope lots of people read it and feel inspired to make change. I’m an intern working on Slow Food USA’s Time for Lunch campaign right now, and was wondering if you’ve seen our website: We’re working on national school lunch reform right now – Congress will hopefully be voting later this month. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested.

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