TLT readers may remember an early blog feature called the “Kids’ Snack Hall of Shame,” in which fed-up parents submitted stories and photos of the unnecessary junk food served to their kids at camps, art lessons, tennis clinics, bowling leagues, and more. I haven’t posted a “Hall of Shame” in a while, but this one might just take the cake.
Or the brownie and Coke, that is.
This summer day camp’s literature, submitted to me by a reader, actually requires parents to send with their children four liters of soda per week, along with two dozen cookies or brownies:
As indicated, the soda and baked goods are served with lunch, which might be fine with some parents if that lunch is otherwise nutritious.
Well, here’s the camp’s lunch menu:
Ay yai yai!
When the parent gently voiced her concerns to this camp’s director in an email, the director replied that she was “red faced” but offered no apologies or indication that she’d improve the food offered. Instead the parent was told, “if you disapprove, please send your child with some more nutritious choices.”
People, will we ever get to the point when nutritious, wholesome food is the baseline fare for kids, and camp directors have to tell parents, “If you disapprove of your child drinking water and eating fruit, vegetables and whole grain snacks, feel free to send him with a bottle of Coke?”
I’m not holding my breath.
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