Good news and bad news . . .
Since I published my post this morning on improvements to HISD school menus, Food Services has informed me that the newly-introduced acorn squash won’t be steamed. Instead, it’s roasted with cinnamon and brown sugar. That sounds much more appealing, doesn’t it?
The bad news is that, contrary to what I reported, animal crackers are not being removed from the district’s breakfast menu. Apparently the crackers will be served twice a week for the foreseeable future, although that may change in the late fall. For those of you scratching your heads, the animal crackers are (rightly or wrongly) served in an effort to meet USDA calorie requirements. (See my School Lunch FAQs for more on what that’s about.)
I’ve appended an “editorial update” to the original post.
[Ed Update: Actually, it's graham crackers, not animal. For more on why any sugary crackers, and whether new school food legislation will end the need for such processed "filler" food, read here.]