Well, you almost get the sense that maybe Jamie and crew went in wanting to tell the Gordon Ramseyesque story of how stubborn people were turned around by the Magic Englishman, and then found something they didn't expect--that these workers were more beat down and constrained by ridiculous federal regulations, and HORRIFIC budgets in terms of ingredients and staffing. If you read between the lines, the tone of the show starts to take a sharp turn about half way into the first episode. Sure, they still throw in a LOT of bones about how terribly food ignorant the people there are (they are ALL Fat, they're kids know nothing because they've taught them nothing, etc.), but the SPECIFIC problem of what's being served in the schools is shaking out to be a murky stew of ingredients, where laziness or ignorance is only a tiny portion of it. A lot of the "ignorance" seems like after-the-fact justification for them to feel better about having to serve crap to meet ridiculous budgets and rules. If French Fries are one of the cheapest, easiest to make, and popular (with the kids) things they can serve to meet a bizarre regulation about "vegetable servings", then when they hardly have enough time or money anyway, they're going to make Fries. All the damn time. And then lie to themselves about it not being so bad to cover up any lingering guilt.Originally Posted by Critical;3864043;
The government has put these people in an impossible position when Free Lunch rules have the requirements they do. Where staffing levels are ridiculously slim, because its assumed that it can all be mass produced pre-frozen pre-portioned shoveled microwaved garbage, and that takes less people and thus saves the school money they hardly have anyway. When French Fries and Steamed Broccoli count the same on a nutrition table. Where there are NO limits on HFCS--its just counted as another foodstuff the same as anything else. Its wild. Its tragic. Its only in the smallest part the fault of these locals--even if their town supports that mistake in a million other ways in how they raise their families and feed them at home.
Not when you look deeper. A lot of it is denial. When people are forced to operate a certain way eventually they grow defensive about it and can lie to themselves quite convincingly.Originally Posted by Critical;3863847;
The government did this. The way the regulations and existing programs are structured--how totally outdated they are and out of tune with reality. How beaten down things are due to a combination of austere budgets, "convenience", red tape, etc. Its a total cluster-you-know-what.