Going Undercover in a School Cafeteria

Anonymous teacher blogs about the processed junk being served to our kids

You might not know Mrs. Q, but she knows you.
She teaches your children at school. She praises them when they answer a question correctly and encourages them when they make mistakes. She breaks up scuffles and brings sick tummies to the nurse. She writes your child’s report cards and meets with you for parent-teacher conferences.

Starting January 1, 2010, she took her dedication one step further and began eating the same lunches they eat.  Why? Because someone needs to raise awareness about what, exactly, American children are being served in the school cafeteria every day.  Inspired by an unpalatable bagel dog she was forced to munch on when she forgot to pack her own lunch one day, the 30-something Mrs. Q (not her real name) made a New Year’s resolution to cell phone blog every meal live from Cafeteria A, somewhere in the Midwest (OK, Illinois, but she won’t get any more specific than that.) “That bagel dog was particularly bad. I thought, ‘I don’t want to eat this – I can’t believe we expect kids to eat this and then go back to class and focus on what they’re teacher is saying.’”

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