Local Food in the News

It is no secret in our house that school lunches are bad news.  That’s why our children only have hot lunch twice a week and NEVER eat breakfast at school.  When they beg, I remind them about nutrition and that school food isn’t about healthy choices. Our lunches are.  Part of my nighttime ritual is packing lunches for the following day.  They usually include:

Peanut Butter Sandwich on Whole Wheat (K3 has GF bread), crust cut off with a nifty sandwich cutter

Purple Grapes

Organic Baby Carrots

Organic Cereal Bar (for afternoon snack)

Natural Fruit Leather

Organic chocolate milk or Organic juice box

We mix things up sometimes and make sandwiches on Tortillas instead of bread… or crackers and cheese.  Depends on how bored Mom is with the lunch fixings!

This morning there was an article in the Oregonian about our school lunches… and how Oregon doesn’t help subsidize the cost of lunches.  The article reinforced my belief that limiting hot lunch to two days a week is a good idea for our family.  Read the article here:

http://www.oregonlive.com/education/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1201931707160100.xml&coll=7&thispage=1

Later this morning while I was browsing the actual paper version of the news… clipping coupons, I came across an article about our local favorite, fast food restaurant, Burgerville.   I continue in my belief that the occassional visit to Burgerville is okay… although maybe not good for the waistline.  They are committed to sustainability, using local products and making “green” choices. 

Burgerville uses natural beef and cage free eggs.

It buys wind-power credits for all restaurants… this offsets the effects of 1700 cars.

Recycles cooking oil to be converted to biodiesel.

Pays 95% of health insurance premiums for employees working at least 20 hours a week.

Has begun composting food waste and is trying to reduce trash by 85 percent.

How can I NOT love Burgerville?  Read the full article here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/oregonian/stories/index.ssf?/base/metro_east_news/120191730759330.xml&coll=7&thispage=1

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About PolkaDotMommy

Wife to a teacher extraordinaire... Mama to Five littles... Conservative Catholic Christian with a Strong Environmentalist Mentality... Respecting Life... Living for our Savior... Learning to trust God in all things.
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One Response to Local Food in the News

  1. This reminds me of a story I heard some years ago.

    The electricity went out and the cafeteria resorted to making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a few crackers and juice.

    One young boy was enjoying his sandwich greatly.

    A teacher heard him sigh, “At last! Some good home cooking!.”

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