What one woman can do!

2010 – Mrs. Q, the anonymous teacher who risked her health by eating her school’s food for an entire year, and risked her job by blogging about it, will be coming out of the coat room soon. She is retiring from teaching and will publish a book about her experiences with the unsavory things routinely fed to children.

School Food Unmasked

2011 – The mysterious Mrs. Q has revealed her identity after a year of eating school lunches and blogging about her experiences. Sarah Burns-Wu went to work for Kraft Foods after graduation from college, but she switched careers to become a speech-language pathologist out of a desire to help children. However, her biggest contribution has been to shine a bright light on the food that is being given to children in the Chicago area public school where she worked.

When she forgot to bring her lunch one day, Sarah bought what was being served in the cafeteria, and was shocked to see how bad the food was. She then decided to eat the school lunch for a year, while taking photos and blogging about her experience. She described the good, bad and ugly, and how some of the lunches made her ill in her blog,www.fedupwithlunch.com.

The blog, with photos and commentary, quickly gained a devoted following, and has alerted countless parents and others to just how bad school food can be.

Her identity has been a closely guarded secret for fear that she would be fired if the school administration knew she was responsible for the criticism. But Sarah came out from the shadows on October 5, with TV appearances and the launching of her book.

Test the waters at your school

Speak with the PTA officers, the principal, school counselor, or any others at your child’s school who might be receptive to making improvements in the school’s food. One member writes, “I have been asked to be a part of changing my kids’ school lunch at their elementary school. The principal wants to win the Governor’s Award and track the data on healthy food and exercise. The cafeteria manager is on board with this as well, and they are hoping to ramp the program up by October. If we get one school to impress the Superintendent, this could be beneficial for the whole region.”

A Foodie's Fantasy

Imagine this: Your school agrees to keep two cages of mice. One group is fed lab chow and water. The second group is

House mouse standing on rear feet (Mus musculus)

fed exclusively food from the school’s cafeteria, including a steady diet of fries and strawberry-flavored milk. If your school serves breakfast, don’t forget to add the Froot Loops. It’s unlikely your school would agree to this, and they might not even approve it as a science fair experiment you conduct at home. Why? Because students have been told that feeding this to animals would be cruel.