Should FCPS Serve Chocolate Milk in Elementary Schools?
Local parents weigh in the debate
Each week in Moms Talk, our local council of been-there-done-that moms debate issues, give advice and share solutions to common parenting dilemmas. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today with a question about school cafeteria nutrition.
Last Friday, the Fairfax County public school district announced that it would once again sell chocolate milk in elementary school cafeterias. At the beginning of the school year, the school system stopped selling chocolate milk as part of its efforts to increase the availability of nutritious choices in the cafeterias. But now FCPS supplier Shenandoah's Pride Dairy has developed a new, low-fat chocolate milk option that meets the district’s request to eliminate high fructose corn syrup without adding extra sugar.
The school system’s decision to eliminate the milk had received mixed reactions from parents. Some argued that having any milk was better than nothing, but others said they were glad schools were taking cafeteria nutrition seriously.
What do you think about the chocolate milk debate? How involved should schools be in promoting healthy nutrition choices for kids? How do you track your kid’s dietary choices?