Skip to comments.Southeast students served raw onions as snack
Posted on 05/27/2011 8:55:13 AM PDT by La Lydia
No matter how you slice it, the days of milk and cookies are long gone as schools aim to provide students with healthy fruits and vegetables as snacks. But raw onions? That's what several classes of students at Southeast DC's Turner Elementary were fed Tuesday, instead of the zucchini slices the school's food provider, Chartwells, said it would serve as part of a federal initiative to provide healthy food to young learners. When Trevor Rill picked up the snack bags from the cafeteria for his third-grade class, he found bundles of raw scallions... "I asked the cafeteria workers, 'Are you serious?' and they said, 'This is what they sent us,'" said Rill, one of nine City Year corps members assigned to Turner....
Turner Elementary is one of the District's 53 public elementary schools participating in the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Under the 2008 farm bill, the District received $1.2 million this school year to serve students a vegetable or piece of fruit outside of breakfast and lunch hours. The program is likely to expand to more schools next year as funding increases to $1.7 million.
...Chartwells' executive director and dietician did not return calls from seeking comment.
... Chartwells officials confirmed that the scallions were intended as a lunch ingredient, but because of a mix-up, were packaged as the day's snack....
D.C. Public Schools also acknowledged the incident, saying "school administration took quick action" and that "ultimately students were served apples." As for Chartwells, DCPS "is confident that this was an isolated event," spokeswoman Safiya Simmons said.,,,
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With a good onion dip or gobs ranch dressing not a bad little snack
With a good onion dip or gobs of ranch dressing, not a bad little snack
These are the people edumacating your children!
I love eating raw onion as a snack, but you have to have salt (hooked on it by my Mom)...I doubt the health police would find that acceptable.
Next week, raw potato.
I would have eaten them just so I could have an excellent case of onion breath. And to let the school admin know how much I appreciate them caring about the food I eat I would tell it to them up close and personal.
But the best way of serving them is the way they do them at Outback:
I’m with you on that, the salt is the ticket, lots and lots of salt, my mom was the same way........
Raw veggies with a good blue cheese dip? I’M THERE!
I’ll bring the dip.
(will they be serving cheese&crackers and wine too)
I’d like to see them put the same thing in Michelle’s feed bag.
What do you put on the onion sandwiches?
Fresh scallions dipped in a wee bit of salt are an outstanding snack.
So is a good hotdog smothered in fresh chopped raw onion, a bit of Cleveland Stadium Mustard, and drowned in chili...
...and a beer...
Might cut down on teen pregnancies. Or not.
I didn’t see anything in the story about dressing or dip.
And for the rest of their democrat/sharia ruled lives, a raw deal.
Myself, I prefer just plain old Frenchs mustard on me onion sammiches.
Raw onions and stale acorn bread...just great after walking home 5 miles up hill in the snow....
I buy that sauce they sell at the grocery store as Vidalia Onion Blossom Sauce.
It's actually sold to use on "Bloomin" onions (deep fried).
Works just fine with the raw onions (sweet Vidalias).
Wonder if they let the kids bring in a snack from home??
LOL! Good post.
Didn’t a restaurant chain go out of business because of contaminated raw scallions from Mexico?
What do you put on the onion sandwiches?
May seem strange these days but scallions or green onions was a frequent snack for me as child.
But maybe I was an odd child. I liked dark chocolate, black licorice, spicy food and coffee as kid as well.
You were lucky ! . . .
mayo and salt and pepper...It was a great snack...
Cardboard box? LUXURY!
“I liked dark chocolate, black licorice,”
That makes you an odd person not just an odd child. Dark chocolate is not of God!!! ;)
Take a look at the garbage cans, you will see what kids refuse to eat. Some schools have made it illegal to bring sack lunches, trying to force kids to eat the stuff, which may be the only way they will eat it, guess if you get hungry enough you will eat anything.
Try a quarter inch slice of a fresh Texas Sweet Onion, on good wheat bread and slathered with Miracle Whip, then add a generous amount of black pepper.
Better than a burger.
I prefer raw garlic. If my wife gets to be President someday, I will force it on the populis.
Then I was an odd child, too, excepting the onions, which I am sure I would have munched had they been offered.
That looks like a gut bomb of the first order.
Love onions, cut off a good slice and little salt and I am all set.
The Texas 1015 Sweet Onions are OK, but not nearly as ood as Walla Wala Sweets.
I don’t have anything against onions. But if I were providing a snack to elementary school students, it would be the favorite snack that I was offered when I arrived home from school, which was apple slices frosted with peanut butter. Love them to this day.
You have all opened new horizons for me! (Except maybe freedomlover heh heh heh.) Thanks!
In my lifetime, I have seen schools go from providing a cheap lunch for students to buy, with a relatively small percentage of students (even in a fairly poor town) receiving “free or reduced” lunches... to today where the schools are feeding a large percentage of students a free lunch, free breakfast, a snack or two each day in-between, and even seeing food sent home with students (though I realize this latter is often supplied by a 3rd party or non-profit - for now, until someone decides that too is a “right”).
I have a question - what happened to parents being responsible for feeding their children? Before I exited my former position as a teacher in a public school, I knew of many families who had reasonable jobs, but their kids still qualified for the free/reduced lunch and breakfast program. Strangely enough, I also knew quite a few who “qualified”, but chose to not participate because they had no problem providing meals for their kids - and often those who made such a decision had less income than those who USED the system.
So what gives? Parents who are not parents - but only biological donors, who don’t really care about anything but themselves. Blew my mind to see kids show up to school with $100 shoes, a cell phone (often a “smartphone), parent driving a new vehicle... and lining up for the free meals in the cafeteria... Obviously, the parental mentality is - why should I pay for food if the government is gonna give it for free? Why spend money on necessities, when I can spend it on stuff I want?
But even more heart wrenching- those kids who barely had shoes or clothes, and pretty much never had materials for class - yet their parents were capable of providing...Far too often the “parents” were more concerned with getting liquored-up/stoned/etc. instead of providing for their family.
And I don’t believe anyone here on this board has an objection to helping those who really need help (not the deadbeats). But when did it become the taxpayer’s responsibility to “help” folks along - including those who make more than you do?
There is a magnificent onion that is locally available in Texas, during a one-month window (which just started).
Noonday onions -- grown in the vicinity of the Noonday community (near Tyler).
Sweet, full of flavor, just enough heat to highlight the flavor. Fabulous when broiled on the grill (in foil, with butter and worcestershire).
What gives is that the agriculture sector and the welfare pimps have been very effective at lobbying Congress. It goes on because parents take the path of least resistance.
I remember raw onion slices served in the cafeteria in elementary school in Huntsville. I always thought it was a regional thing. (loved them BTW)
“Try a quarter inch slice of a fresh Texas Sweet Onion, on good wheat bread and slathered with Miracle Whip, then add a generous amount of black pepper.
Better than a burger.”
I will completely agree with you (although I prefer my more local Vidalias ;) ).
Then if you add a slice of fat garden tomato, and a big glass of milk, yum-O!!
Give me a nap after that, and life is grand.
When I was pregnant with my second child and before I KNEW I was pregnant, I had serious cravings for onion sandwiches. I ate them every day for at least two weeks. Onions, mayo, white bread and loads of salt. Never did figure it out but at the time, they were heaven.
Serve them and tell the kids to thanks Mrs Obama for them!
I agree on the Wala Wala, on on the west coast we get a lot of so called sweet onion, they rarely are. Have to drive back through Texas and Oklahoma to get the genuine article. The last few times I tried Vidalia sweets, I could have saved money by bying the old standard yellow onion, they were really hot and not in the least sweet.
By next year, those DC school kids may be grasping turnips in their grubby hands and swearing:
“as meshell obama is my witness, I will never go hungry again....!!”
maybe that raw scallion snack was from the Sidwell Friends school menu of snack recipes....
Mrs. Michelle Obama. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm.