While I appreciate Alice Water's sentiment, I find that the scope of the "slow food movement" has influenced relatively few students. Having been involved in several poverty school districts, I know that the funding is just not there to truly change the diet of most students in Title I schools. In many of these schools, the revenue from junk food machines is essential for basic funding. Students come to these schools already addicted to "non-foods," and are reluctant to listen to advise on alternative diets. At the present time, my husband is the high school principal and I am the high school librarian on the Navajo Nation. Students carry soft drinks, chips and gum with them throughout the day, and the cafeteria struggles to maintain any semblance of a healthy diet with their limited budget.
The bottom line for improvement is money! My husband and I consistently eat a healthy diet of organic food, but are considered "weird" because of this diet. The norm in the majority of our country is junk food! Until our government gets the message, our students will continue to have a deficit diet because of lack of funding, and they will be at the mercy of big corporations, which have convinced them and their families that it is "unAmerican" to eat real food! Help!
Ganado Unified School District<br />Ganado, Arizona
Sep 19 2009 - 8:13pm