Amidst all this packing and getting ready for our big move...This kids start school Monday. I had to transfer them out of their old school (which was not too forgiving for the vegerarian family) to their new school (which is equally not so forgiving for the vegetarian family.)
I brought them to their new school yesterday so they could get a tour and learn where their classes were...but also because I was pre planning to have a meeting with the cafeteria staff about lunch options for my children. My plan was that I could get them the vegan nuggets and at least have the school use their microwave to heat them up for the kids. Now where my aggervation comes from is that there is a microwave in PLAIN VIEW of the children and close enough where the lunch lady just has to turn around for literally a minute and heat it up. But the school said absolutely not! They won't do it. (My children are super picky, so I'm trying to make this work so they don't stray (or starve) like they did last year.)
Now, I KNOW lunch ladies spoil some children and go above and beyond for said children (and their friends) ESPECIALLY if those children are children of said lunch ladies....how do I know this?! Because I was a part of the lunch lady cult right before I started college and my MOM was my lunch lady through all 4 years of high school...so I know the in's and out's of the lunch scene. I know who get's "Perks" and who doesn't. So there is no way they can tell me that they can't do something special for someone who has "special food needs". God knows, they have Gluten-Free Foods now, they have a special "peanut free table" and to make it better~They have PEANUT FREE CLASSROOMS!! For those not in the know, it's a classroom where they put all the kids with peanut allergies in, so that when it comes time for celebrations and snack time, there won't be any concern about anyone bringing in stuff with peanuts/nuts.
SO YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THERE IS NO WAY IN HECK THAT THEY CAN'T MICROWAVE VEGAN NUGGETS FOR MY CHILDREN??
I'm not asking for a whole classroom dedicated to vegetarian/Vegan children....I'm not even asking them for their own special table at lunch time...all I'm just asking for a microwave...seems simple enough.
Our last school was terrible with the kids being vegetarian. They only offered them salads or cheese sandwhiches. So they'd end up buying either of the options and then not eating it at all, until it was brought to my attention by their teachers. At this point, they also did nothing to help me in making it easier for them to eat lunch. So I just told them to eat what was offered to them, and they'd just eat vegetarian when they came home. (yes, I know~bad mommy).
So now I feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place and I'm REALLY super mad! I told my husband that our children can't be the ONLY children in this school district (or any for that matter) that are vegetarian and I'm going to do something about it! I feel like I need to become an advocate on better options for the vegetarian/vegan families when it comes to school lunches. Not only is it unfair to the kids, but it's unfair to the parents. When do we get to just give our children money and buy lunch at school??? Why do we HAVE to pack them lunch everyday?? Yes, I know at least if we pack it, they know what is going into their bodies, but don't the kids also want to feel like the other kids and get to have the opportunity to buy their lunch also??) I think it's bullcrap~and it has to change. More people (INCLUDING THEIR CHILDREN) are becoming vegan/vegetarians and the one place they should feel accepted and secure is in school. To me, schools are bullying our children to eat what they want them to, and not help when other food choices are made for them....so much for the no bully policy...They are making this harder then it should be.