Sharon Knosky

Hello! My name is Sharon Knosky and I am a stay-at-home mom of three. 5 year old Adam, 3 year old Anna Claire, and 2 year old Thomas. Our family is currently underconstruction again! We added another member to the family in November, 2012. I have just experienced my oldest child graduating kindergarten...words can't even tell you how I feel inside. It is bittersweet? My wonderful husband is the "man of my dreams", my best friend, companion, and soulmate. I love him with everything in me and am so thankful that God has blessed my life with him. We wanted a large family to grow for the the Lord and we are well on our way. I look forward to sharing my family experiences with the MommyTalk site!

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Forced Fruit & Veggies at School Lunch a Waste?

There was much discussion last week about the new federal standards requiring school systems to make sure every student receives a fruit or vegetable, whether the student wants it or not.

“So much waste!” say the skeptics, but I don’t necessarily agree.

When I went to elementary school, we were given little if any choice. While I’m sure the quality of the food was better back then, school lunches were not highly regarded by classmates or myself. I remember fruits and vegetables being put on my plate that I would never have chosen, and might not have eaten at home.

For example, I don’t think my mother ever bought canned pears, but I remember them as a staple of school lunches. I liked them and ate them every time.

There were other items that went in the trash, not just vegetables. There were meats I didn’t like. Some of my food was wasted. I don’t mean to imply that wasted food is good, just that when you’re dealing with kids eating cafeteria food, there is going to be wasted food. It’s nothing new.

So the new plan takes a risk, putting some different foods onto a kid’s plate, where it MIGHT be eaten. “Might” is a step in the right direction, but far from solving the problem.

The problem of school lunches is not going to be solved until a) the junk food disappears and b) healthy, appealing food is offered. That second requirement can get a little complicated, but how complicated is it to cut the junk?

When my older daughter attended kindergarten, I remember something called “breakfast pizza.” It was a piece of sausage pizza! How is that a proper breakfast to offer to a kindergartener?

My solution is to pack my kids’ lunches. Our family decided that the school system is simply not getting the job done. Our solution costs our family more, a lot more. But it is healthy and the kids are eating it, not throwing it in the garbage.

Do you think giving every child a fruit or veggie is a good solution or just a waste?

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