V used to love school cafeteria. We would let her go once a week and it was a special treat. The food is not terrible but nothing particularly great, so we would pack lunches almost every day. Diagnosis of diabetes did not bring much change, as detailed nutrition facts were available and V could give herself insulin to cover lunch. Then came Celiac. We studied the menu closely. Surely, there had to be a day where they served something she could eat. Well…
I emailed the district food service department and they said that they were happy to make accommodations for us. Yay, right? Not so fast. V was given the choices of: 1) chicken drumstick in a corn tortilla or 2) turkey in a corn tortilla or 3) sunflower butter in a… you guessed it… corn tortilla. Between yuck, yuck, and yuck V chose the first yuck. It was OK in the beginning and filled V’s cafeteria fix but it got old quickly. As the school year end is approaching (we are on a year-round schedule and don’t get out until mid-July), V started to express how much she was disliking the food. She started to ask us to not send her to the cafeteria and make lunches for her. Problem is, we picked to send her (and her brother) to the cafeteria on Wednesday because Tuesday is our BMX night, we get home late, and we have no energy to make lunches. Cafeteria used to solve that problem: we did not have to worry about packing lunches and kids could get their treat. But for how long would V have to tolerate her chicken drumstick with tortilla, week after week? Feeling increasingly bad for her, we needed to think outside of the box. Thanks to diabetes, V has access to the microwave in the nurse’s office, so we thought that perhaps bringing a frozen meal would be an easy and more appealing alternative. I went exploring frozen options at different stores and found quite a bit.
In addition to these entrees, I also found a few varieties of frozen GF burritos, and all these frozen foods had reasonable carb counts too. Granted, the price of V’s Wednesday lunch would go up from $2 at the cafeteria to $4-5 (because GF foods must be made with unicorn ingredients, judging by the price), but whatever. We want to V to be happy, we want to ease our burden, so naturally the solution came down to paying through our nose to provide an acceptable option. So yesterday I sat down and composed this email:
What is that I hear? Blah blah blah, we are sorry, blah blah blah we can’t do anything, blah blah blah it’s too hard, blah blah blah. Blah. Good bye cafeteria. And good riddance.