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I'm just wondering if anybody here has ever brought up the quality of food being served to their kids at school/daycare and has had any luck improving the quality of it.<br><br>
I have my DD in military run daycare full time and one day I went to pick her up and they were feeding them marshmallows and sugar cereal for snack time. Seriously. And fat-free strawberry newtons (like 10 of them for a 2 yr old), strawberry shortcakes, eggo waffles, pancakes etc for breakfast. I mean I know this crap is cheap but aren't there laws about the kind of food they can serve?
 

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The only success I have had has been to have my children bring their own food for meals and snacks. I found nice Bento style lunch bags that they really like and include at least one sweet thing so they don't feel like they're being left out of the fun. It's worked fine for us.
 

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I would send her in with food but it isn't allowed. She came in one morning with 1/2 a banana once and had to throw it out before she could finish it. So silly really but she is starting to come home & ask for cake/cookies (instead of dinner).
 

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Why wouldn't they allow you to bring food? That's bizarre. I could understand if there was some concern for allergens, but by the foods you said they serve, that's certainly not a concern for anyone. Geez.
 

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for daycare my son went to a wonderful home daycare where the teacher/owner made every meal from scratch and served only organic, grassfed non homogenized milk and was just amazing, she had a green veggie w/ every lunch too. we were fortunate!<br>
now my ds goes to public first grade and i wish he could get hot lunch, id gladly pay for the convenience but he wouldnt eat it and it is totally gorvernment approved crap from what i have seen.
 

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I cannot understand why on Earth they wouldn't let you bring your own food. Talk to other parents--form a group of like-minded parents and approach the school en masse. I would seriously consider a talk with the director and, if they won't listen, to someone higher up until you find someone with some common sense. I can almost understand the packaged waffles and whatnot (a lot of people just don't read labels and "waffles" sounds like an okay breakfast) but it's just common sense not to feed toddlers marshmallows for a snack.<br><br>
Personally I would take my child out of a school that insisted on such bad food, but I am pretty radical in my diet and I know that may not be a practical choice.
 

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Oh, that's not cool at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: If it is a gov't funded program then what they are serving is absolutely <i>not</i> ok. There are very specific guidelines for what <span style="text-decoration:underline;">must</span> be offered and what cannot in early childhood settings. You need to find out what the regs are - look it up on your state's Department of Health site. Also, is it a big center? Do they have a person in charge of health and nutrition? I'd go right to them. It's really easy for these folks to get lazy, there just isn't enough oversight.<br><br>
If it is a gov't food program you aren't going to be able to bring in your own food, but they are required to serve <i>fairly</i> decent (not tf but no sugar, some veggies and meat at least) stuff, and they must make accomodations for any health or religious needs.<br><br>
If it's not a gov't funded program there are no legal reasons why you shouldn't be able to provide your own food.<br><br>
Oh, I just noticed you are not in the US, so I don't know what's applicable here. I assume you'd have some similar regulations though.
 
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