Re: Why do people buy kosher?
- From: "Adelle" <adstavisatgmail.com@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 15:49:09 +0000 (UTC)
"cindys" <cstein1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On Feb 12, 8:58 am, "Fiona Abrahami"
And now I'm going to make a sweeping generalization about the torah-
observant community (which someone will no doubt take me to task for):
It seems to me that the attitudes toward good nutrition are 50 years
behind the times. When my eldest son (who is now 16) started nursery
school, I was horrified to see that most mothers' ideas of what
comprised a good snack was cookies and potato chips. When my kids got
older, I learned it was commonplace for teachers to reward children
for good grades or good behavior with candy and soda pop. I never
bought or allowed my children to have sugar-filled soda pop at home,
so imagine how angry I was when I found out that the rabbi had
provided my son with a big bottle of Coke for doing well on a chumash
test. (After several years of the ba'alei teshuvah mothers making a
fuss, this decreased some). It seemed like every week there was a
siyum (completion) of something, mishnayos or chumash or whatever
which required every child in the class to show up with a bag of candy
to be shared with his classmates. I have noticed a significant
decrease in that (finally!)
But lest I'm seen as slamming only the Orthodox, when my sons were at
the community day school (before the yeshiva ketana was established),
I was appalled at what passed for a healthy lunch: Everything was
fried or laden with cheese (it was a dairy kitchen and children were
not allowed to bring their own lunch). They had chocolate milk and
apple juice every day, and desserts galore! After some of the mothers
took issue with all the desserts, the desserts were limited to twice/
week. One of the FFB mothers (who didn't know I was one of the evil
mothers who had been instrumental in getting rid of all the sweets)
told me she was very upset that the cafeteria had stopped serving
chocolate pudding every day because it was a good source of milk for
her son. I told my younger son (who along with many of the children
was rapidly on his way to become overweight at the time), that I did
not want him to drink chocolate milk at lunch (and to choose the fat-
free white milk instead or to drink water). He opted for the water,
and I was rebuked by the lunch lady and the librarian. It actually
became a major incident! I was told that my son "needed" to have milk.
I told them that only calves *needed* to have milk and that my son
would continue to drink water. They didn't like that answer at all.
When the yeshiva ketanah was established, I begged the principal not
to offer apple juice or chocolate milk as part of the lunch program,
and thankfully, she never did.
And Adelle Answers:
Sorry to join this thread so late. But perhaps I can shed a little light.
My mother (A"H) did the lunch menus of the small day school she worked for
in the 1970's. Because of shoe string budgets, a lot of the menu revolved
around what was donated (or purchased at low price) through the US food
subsidy surplus program (namely dairy products and some breads. Pasta too, I
think). Hence, milk was cheap and needed to be used because the school had
to account for the use of the food - or its allotment would be reduced in
the future. They served a lot of mac and cheese and grilled cheese
I'll bet the program hasn't changed much in the 3 decades since.
P.S. Sometimes butter and cheese which were about to be thrown out magically
appeared in our refrigerator.
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