Friday, January 26, 2007

Starving Children in Ann Arbor

At the elementary school where I have my bi-weekly cardio class, there are signs everywhere informing people not to bring in certain types of food. Now, I know that food allergies are serious business - I remember the episode of "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" when her friend accidentally ate a peanut and left his EpiPen in his other pair of pants and died right there in the restaurant - but I'm starting to wonder what kids actually eat at school nowadays. In this one school, no milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, or other tree nuts can be brought in to the building. So what do schools serve for lunch, beans and rice? No, that would be too healthy. Taco meat? Fish sticks and french fries?

Plus, you don't EVER see signs at schools saying "allergy alert - no cats allowed." I feel discriminated against.

peanut-free schools - C+


Timmy D said...

Isn't this a violation of... I don't know, something? I think if I'm offered a job and my new boss tells me "you can't bring a peanut butter sandwich in here. We're afraid you might force Peter to eat it, or he might be so high one day that he'll forget his food allergy and eat your lunch," I might talk to a lawyer.

Frannie Farmer said...

Yea, it isn't as much fun as when I was a kid. You can't send homemade treats to school .. kids can't share (or trade) lunches ..
But I don't think that the lunches are necessarily *healthier* ..
Here are some of SweetiePie's daily choices (yes there are several choices):
Pizza Wheel (?)
Cheese Quesadilla w/rice
Turkey & cheese sandwich
Hamburger, cheese burger, or chicken burger
Low-fat cheese or Pepperoni Pizza
Plus, veggies, fruits and salad.

This is for one day ... SweetiePie doesn't like to get lunch because she has a difficult time making a choice ... but can you blamer her here?

Carrie said...

Yeah, it's crazy.... We have separate lunch tables for those who have peanuts in their lunches, and those that don' about discrimination! :)

Erin said...

Ryan had some kids with food allergies in his class last year, so we could only send peanut butter on certain days (one kid was so allergic they were afraid he would react if his food was stored in the same refrigerator). That poor kid was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, and soy.

I will say, they also had a sign on the door to the room about people having dog allergies and not bringing those in. I can't imagine why anyone would bring a dog into the school, but if it makes Amanda feel better, so be it.

And keep in mind, Manders - this is Ann Arbor you're in. They may well feed the kids rice and beans. And organic vegetables. And probably something REALLY healthy like kombu or kudzu or whichever one is the seaweed and not the invasive plant...