QUOTE (tazcan @ 23/04/2012, 07:58 PM)
So the general gist I'm getting from this thread is that most people here are happy with the current traffic light school canteen menu - they would rather have this type of canteen, - with the slushies, chocolate milk etc, than a healthy canteen menu?
No but its a start and if other schools are anything like my daughter's one then actually implementing a overhauled totally healthy menu would never happen as there aren't enough parents interested or willing to give up some of their time to help staff the canteen. Unfortunately as it takes minimal time to stick a meat pie in the food warmer in the morning and bag it for a lunch order whereas to make a salad is more time consuming and if you are already short on volunteers those odd nuggets of time are the difference between getting the lunch orders completed or not.
As for introducing homemade items onto the menu it may not be as simple as you believe, my daughters school is a private public partnership school where essentially the school is leased by DET from a private company who do not allow on site cooking so anything we serve can only be reheated without us putting the school and P&C on shaky ground. Even if we were able to find ways around this it will come back to finding volunteers to make the homemade stuff.
It frustrates me hugely, I am heavily involved with canteen and P&C and we can't even fill enough shifts to open 3 days a week - last term I volunteered in there nearly every Friday so peoples kids could get their lunch which tbh sh1ts me to tears when there are parents sat outside the school for over two hours smoking and drinking coffee (so obviously aren't working and are smaller child free) just so they can get a good parking spot, if people want canteens (and other activities/resources that the P&C subsidise) to improve then they need to take some responsibility and step up to implement the changes. All that would achieve if you came in guns blazing to me about how your child can't resist temptation and was stealing from you and the canteen is responsible for her apparent demise is to offer you as many shifts in there as you like so you can police your child's consumption as we are already up against the wall with volunteers and to try and stretch them further by asking them to monitor who is and isn't buying stuff is just not possible unless you are in a very small school.
Change can only happen if enough people want to make it happen, if you feel that strongly about it then be the first person to make that stand. Go to your canteen committee and talk to them (if you don't have their details ask the P&C president), ask what you can do to help, become involved and try to get your friends involved too. It really doesn't require too much time commitment to make a hug difference to the ability to run a better canteen - even a half day once a term would be hugely helpful. We are finding most parents have little or no idea of how the canteen operates and don't give a damn so someone who cares and wants to make a difference would be hugely welcomed at the school my daughter is at.
I'm sorry if this has come across strong or somewhat ranty, its a topic that is really on me right now and I do actually agree with you, there are huge changes that should be made but again, without parental involvement will simply not happen.