Last Friday I had coffee with my “boss”. . .the charming woman who is in charge of all the cultural activities underwritten by the town near our village. We were working out the details for my English conversation classes, ultimately cancelling them until January because I will be in the States from Oct. 17 through Dec. 5.
Christine, I know lots of Christines, oversees museum visits with guides, water and oil painting classes, children’s art classes, exercise programs (though not aqua gym), library reading sessions for young children and probably lots more of which I am not aware.
One of her duties involves the school lunch program for schools in the town, a subject which has always fascinated me. She has regular meetings with parents to tweak the menus.
“For example,” she said, “parents might say, ‘the lunches include too many servings of peas, we want more haricots verts‘. Then, the next time we have a meeting with the food service, we pass along the parents’ messages and they adjust the meals.
Every two months we have a meeting with the food provider, parent and teacher representatives and me so that we can ameliorate the lunches.”
Part of the challenge for all concerned is to create interesting, nutritious, well-balanced meals that will not end up in the garbage.
Above is this week’s menu. It sort of makes one wish it were possible to go back to grade school (except for the little desks). The children consuming these lunches are between the ages of three and 11.