My older daughter, Petunia, starts kindergarten tomorrow, and she's equal parts excited and nervous. She's excited because there's a whole bucket of sea shells in the classroom. She's nervous because she's worried she's not going to be able to eat anything she likes.
Petunia, 5, won't eat meat (except for bacon). She also won't eat any dairy. Not because she has moral objections or food allergies. She's just stubborn. Peanut butter and jelly is pretty much her religion, but her elementary school is peanut-free. There's a cafeteria that serves fresh fruit and salads ("that are determined by the growing season"), and all meals are "made from locally grown, sustainable ingredients," with the goal for kids to "understand the relationship between food, health, nutrition, cultures, environment and business; the relationship children have with food will evolve into a circle benefiting not just themselves, but society as a whole," according to a letter from her school's food serviceRead More »from It's an "F" for the National School Lunch Program: Study Shows Kids Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Cafeteria Food