I offer my sincerest thanks to the editor of the Fairfield Citizen for the support and coverage of the Fuel for Learning Partnership petition. In response to the editorial dated April 30, I am compelled to clear up some misperceptions about school lunches, primarily pertaining to choice, cost and control.
First, regarding choice, the issue at hand is not about choosing chef salad or yogurt over pizza or hamburgers as your editorial and accompanying cartoon imply. Rather, it is the choice between pizza or hamburger made from whole food ingredients versus heavily processed versions of the same. The choice is for foods that have recognizable ingredients, vs. those filled with chemical additives and little nutritional value. The choice is for meat that hasn't been treated with ammonia, and that comes from animals that haven't been given heavy doses of antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. The choice is for a nutritionally dense meal that fuels students for learning rather than the high fat/sugar/sodium combination that will cause them to crash an hour later.