Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Variety in School Lunches, A Thought
The White House has released a "before" and "after" school lunch menu. Obviously the "after" is both more nutritious and more attractive (at least to a geezer's eyes, perhaps not to those of a 10-year old). One thing which strikes me about the menu is there's more items in every "after" menu than in the "before". Just on a fast skim, the "before" averages about 4 items, the "after" about 7. Just thinking about logistics, as a bureaucrat often should, the difference implies an increase in costs as you've got a more complicated inventory to procure and manage and a more complicated and more labor-intensive process to assemble the meal. I wonder whether school lunch administrators were involved in creating the menus.