I just logged onto an education site to download some long division worksheets for Gracie. She has a terrible time with long division. While I was there, it wanted me to weigh in children’s nutrition. This morning during my morning news program there was a commentary on school lunches. Both of these instances got me to thinking about children going hungry.
I know from teaching VBS at Church that sometimes the only food that children had to eat that day was the food we served that night during snack. The kiddo’s told me. It broke my heart. That was my first experience with finding out that children right in my own area were hungry.
I knew that as I was growing up, we didn’t have all we wanted, but we did have food and the adults ate last. That was the rule in our house. That was the way my Dad wanted it because he didn’t have enough to eat when he was growing up. I keep that up in my house today.
Gracie has always taken her lunch to school. It would be SO much more convenient if she would eat the school lunch but she insists on taking her lunch. It’s not because she is a picky eater, my baby will eat anything including cauliflower and broccoli. You name it, she’ll most likely eat it. I asked her why she wouldn’t eat in the lunch room and she said she could almost be done with her lunch by the time everyone else sits down. I pack a pretty good lunch. I make sure she has protein, fiber, fruit and a snack, I don’t pack a bunch of junk.
I eat with her every now and then when I sub at school. I see child after child throw away their tray with little to NONE of their food eaten. I see entire apples and bananas thrown away. I pay an arm and leg for apples and bananas each week for Gracie and I to eat. Here are an entire box of fruit thrown away. How wasteful. I don’t know why they don’t have a taste for it. I don’t know if they weren’t exposed to this fruit as a younger child or if they just DON’T like it. Like I said, I know fruits and veggies are high.
Regardless of the reason, these children are going hungry at lunch. What are they eating at home? Do they have food? It worries me. Does it worry you?