Hot Dog Days…a thing of the past? #YMCCommunity

About a million years ago, when I was in Elementary School, we had this special day called “Hot Dog Day”.

Image credit: Kid vs. Kat

Image credit: Kid vs. Kat

On Hot Dog Day, every kid in the school received a hot dog (or two), a bag of chips, a carton of milk and a donut for dessert. We always looked forward to these special lunch days because having these things at home weren’t very common. Especially the donuts!

It probably cost our parents under $5 for us to enjoy Hot Dog Day and it also meant that our parents didn’t have to bother packing a lunch for us and more free time for them after bedtime or perhaps, a few extra “Z’s” in the morning.

Mom and Dad Time

Nutritional content wasn’t a concern for my Mum back then, but today, as a parent myself, I am more aware of what my kids eat.

We just received word of the first “Hot Lunch Day” at our daughter’s school this week. This is new to us as we have just entered the school system as a Kindergartner this year. I assume the name change is due to the variety of hot lunches that will be offered on these days.

That being said, I was disappointed to discover that for her first “Hot Lunch”, they will be serving food ordered from a local fast food restaurant.

Fast food

 

GROSS! Our kids don’t eat that junk!

If other parents allow their kids to eat this food, that is their prerogative. Now my child either has to eat this junk or not be included in this “special lunch day” with her classmates.

Are there really no healthy options available for “Hot Lunch Day”?

I guess it’s that little Jamie Oliver voice inside my head that gets me going. All the work that he has done to get more nutritional meals served in schools and to educate children and their parents about eating “good food”.

Jamie Oliver

How do we fix this? Is it the PAC Committee or the school district/ board who decides what foods are offered at schools, or is it higher up in the educational ministry? I’d certainly like to know, so that I can voice my concerns.

What are your feelings on fast food being offered on “Hot Lunch Days”?

Fundraising with junk food. It’s time for a change. #YMCCommunity

This year, our daughter is now eligible to participate in organized sports.

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On the first day for each of the sports that we’ve signed her up for, they’ve advised us that we are to do fundraising for the association that we are a part of.

Guess what they give us?

Yep…chocolate bars! And not your average size chocolate bars, but the family-sized ones that they offer at the movie theatres. We were only given four to sell at $5 a pop, but that’s not my point. And chances are…the parents just pay for the entire lot and tuck it away to snack on themselves.

Fundraising chocolates

Even preschools and organized clubs for kids, fund raise by selling chocolates and cookies.

Girl Guide Cookies

I’ve done a post about school fundraising before.

Now, in this day and age, more and more parents are choosing to provide healthy snack options to our kids rather than candy loaded with sugar.

Having your child in an organized sport or dance club, promotes a healthy lifestyle through exercise. I know I’m not the only one that knows that exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand.

So why are we using our kids to sell this junk?

There are many more options to fundraising that don’t involve junk food. Healthier snack options, raffles, car washes, bottle drives, fresh fruit sales, the list goes on. It only takes a minute to Google “healthy fundraising options“.

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Farm to school fundraisingI think it’s time that the organizers of these clubs rethink how they set up their fundraising. But it’s going to be up to the parents to encourage and demand these changes.

How do you feel about the way fundraising is done where your kids are involved?