Yeesh. I’m finding it a bit difficult to work with WordPress. It wouldn’t let me add any text after the photographs were posted. Decided on the path of least resistance. 🙂
We are at the tail end of the U.S. Foodservice delivery dude’s truck route. He delivered to a number of school on our end of the county, and headed back to Ft. Mill after this. He was extrememly cool to deal with the kids’ questions and to have his picture taken while working. I thank him.
The length of the route raised some questions. Matthew did a little research and found out something that worried him a little. He did the research and the scripting, but didn’t make it to school on his shooting day, so Christina was nice enough to pinch-hit for him.
A group went back to ask Mrs. Kathy who pays for all of this fuel and wear and tear on the trucks. It turns out that we do. Each delivery bill includes about $50 in shipping charges. The kids were appalled. With a little math – we go to school about 45 weeks a year – they found out that our school alone pays around $2,250 per year in shipping costs – and remember, our school is just one stop on the route. “Do you know what we could do with that kind of money?!” one exclaimed. That child was thinking, ‘new swings on the playground’, but he’s right. I could sure think of a few other things! Another grumbled about U.S. Foodservice is just greedy, but that let us talk a bit about businesses, and that in a market economy, their job is to earn money. Darryl’s dad works at the distribution center for Harris-Teeter, a local grocery chain, and pointed out how many people work in places like that. They take in a lot of money, but they have to pay a lot of people, too. School lunch isn’t just lunch. It’s an industry.
Sadly, this is the end of our school-lunch trail. I contacted the marketing department at U.S. Foodservice, and I got a very friendly e-mail back, but once I explained what we needed, some photos of what goes on inside the center, some information on where they got the food, they became uncommunicative. (Mrs. Kathy says that their customer service is pretty poor, and not to take it personally. 🙂 ) We tried to continue by going around, and asking a couple of local farmers how their product differs from what we eat at school, but, again, after a number of tries, got no answers. That doesn’t mean that we were out of questions, and I’ll post the last of those next.
Thanks so much for stopping by. We’ve enjoyed sharing our story, though it’s shorter than we’d hoped.