Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I'm on a new kick/crusade right now: When you're feeding the masses, please give the people at least somewhat healthy food. For my field placement I'm helping with this reading festival event that a group is putting on for kids in Chattanooga. At the planning meeting a couple weeks ago people were talking about contacting vendors for food and drinks. They're going to contact Coke for some pop, a vendor for Little Debbie snacks, Mayfield for ice cream, and Frito-Lay for chips. Argh. All of those vendors have healthy, or relatively healthy, food but are we asking for those? No! Let's load all the kids up on sugar and processed carbs! That's real good for them...

The second event happened last week at a social justice retreat, also in Chattanooga. We had hotdogs, chips, watermelon, and pop for lunch. Gross. They did have veggie dogs for us vegetarians, but man, are those bad. I did my best and ate two bites, but I just couldn't do it. I gave up and only ate the bun. Seriously, you have a group of adults who are paying to go to this conference (albeit, a small fee) and you're going to feed them hotdogs and chips? I'm not a big hotdog fan (and I can't stand veggie dogs), I generally only eat tortilla chips, and I rarely drink pop. There was some bottled water, but it was gone by the time I got through the line. Altogether, a bad, and unhealthy, lunch.

This past weekend we went to Lutherock for the annual Applefest weekend. Much fun. And much better food that they fed us. There were plenty of fruits and veggies and even good, appetizing vegetarian options. Why can't more places offer nutrious food to the masses? Maybe giving grossly unhealthy food to large groups of people is a southern thing...

4 comments:

Melissa said...

I hate meetings like that! Ok, maybe not the meetings so much, but the food! Ick. I do a lot of event planning for work and make sure that good vegetarian options are offered and that the food in general is healthy and something people enjoy. At my mediation training meeting last Friday lunch was provided. It was mexican build-your-own burritos with chips, salsa, quacamole, etc. Pretty good, except for the hard brownies. It was different and I appreciated that.

ggranny36 said...

That was a little unusual for a meeting lunch. Lots have sandwiches you could have left off the meat. Maybe you can organize one sometime and do a great job.

ggranny36 said...

That is what the masses want. Fair food.

Anonymous said...

It could be a money thing. Junk food is much cheaper than healthy food. You can feed lots of people hotdogs, chips and pop for less money than fresh fruits and veggies.