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<<One of my personal goals is to minimize wasted food. I also think children should be treated with a reasonable degree of dignity, catering to their tastes and biases in food when it's reasonable to do so.

Their tastes and biases for junk food is based on their parents taking the easy route and feeding them that food at home. Parents send their kids to school with bad eating habits, bad discipline, and lousy attitudes. Instead of fighting for the schools to feed the kids junk food, maybe you should spend your energy trying to get parents to do their parenting jobs and not leave the schools to do it for them.


I spend a couple of thousand hours per year on Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, which does just that. It has age appropriate education programs as part of the program, which might be an education for some parents as well as children.

Some families are vegetarian or have other special needs, and both families and Cub Scouts work to accommodate each other on such issues.

Indeed, Scouting is, among other things, a program on good parenting methods as well as a program for children.

Issues of food choices have to be made for overnight and week long summer camps.

Just as an example, I'll review our menu choices from our Cub Scout overnight camp last June:

One priority is not just to have children eat food, but to learn to cook it and prepare it as well. Indeed, learning to cook and prepare food is one of our important camping goals for children.

Tiger Cubs (1st graders) prepared an afternoon snack of apples, grapes carrots and such.

Webelos (4th and 5th graders) prepared dinner of spaghetti and meat balls --- I don't remember what else off hand. This was for about forty people.

The next morning the Bear den of 3rd graders made a hot cake and sausage breakfast for all those there over night. There were probably some additional side dishes as well, but I don't remember them either.

Seattle Pioneer
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