You might want to get out some hankies before you watch this. There’s everything you’d expect from France and more: five course meals for three-year olds; locally-sourced, hand-prepared foods; an emphasis on regional cuisine; real china plates and cutlery (ou est le spork?) ; food that teaches kids about French culture (escargot! bouillabaisse!) rather than being dumbed down to our depressing Kid Food level; etc. etc.
The report highlights two French schools, one where the cost of a meal is $5 or $6 per student, about twice what the U.S. federal government pays schools for children on free lunch, and another where the chef works with about half that amount. If at that latter school, overhead is included in the cost of the lunch (the report doesn’t say), then the chef is turning out amazing food for the same money that provides our kids with nuggets and pizza. My guess, though, is that at the school with the lower-priced lunches, all $2.50-$3.00 is going toward food, whereas in American schools, that figure is usually about 95 cents to $1.10, after overhead.
And to think that Congress was unable to come up with a six-cent-per-meal increase, which, if even if we’d gotten it, was going to come out of the mouths of people on food stamps.
It’s enough to make you choke on your Freedom Fries.