The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

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beck's picture beck

Are there any vegetarian options at the school cafeteria? Not that school cafeterias are where I would want to eat, either.
You're a good teacher - that poor girl!

Hetha's picture Hetha

Oh, they're all so lucky to have you for a teacher, but this is really rising to the ocassion in a way that I'm sure few other teacher's have done. I love it!
Ethan loves Sunflower Butter on his bread, it's quite tasty for being so nutritious. I felt compelled to tell his teacher that it wasn't peanut-butter, even though there are no p.butter bans. Beck's rant made me paranoid :-) (Hi Beck!)

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

The school's cafeteria has virtually no vegetarian options for students. She told me they try hard to make her veggie burger attractive, but that's all they'll serve her and she has to watch her sodium and sugar intake because of health concerns and just feels out of control with the cafeteria food!

Mary-LUE's picture Mary-LUE

What a great teacher you are! It is great that you went the extra mile.

What are her dorm dining options? Do they have a meal plan? She might be able to get a list of vegetarian friendly foods. Or... even if it doesn't help her right now, if enough students start asking about veggie options, it might spur them on to add some.

One thing might be to find some veggie friendly recipes that refrigerate well (She probably doesn't have access to a good freezer, does she?) Maybe you can bag up some servings of something you make at home for her to heat up in the microwave occassionally? It isn't a perfect solution, just something nice you could do once in awhile.

I hope she has a great semester!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Mary-lue. She does have a mini fridge with a small freezer, so she was able to buy refrigerated items, but not really frozen ones. The meal options at school are poor, but we did talk about her starting a group on campus to lobby for healthier alternatives, and I gave her some names of good contacts on campus to talk to about finding some like-minded students.

MommaT's picture MommaT

One cool place that I learned about just yesterday is a place called Angel Food Ministries. They prepare and deliver (if you want) meals. My friend just signed up for it, so I honestly don't know if the food is good or healthy in any way. But it seems like a super good deal (for anyone on a low budget--like college kids). You can get like a month's worth of meals for $30 bucks--no questions asked. Goggle it, they have places all over. It's worth looking into. Doesn't look like they have a veggie plan, but they have a fruit and veggie package.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Great suggestion, MommaT--I'll certainly google it. We're in the south here, a very un-vegetarian area, so that complicates things.