Why You Young Rascallions Look Hungry!

And what better snack for Washington DC rascallions than, er, raw scallions

When Trevor Rill picked up the snack bags from the cafeteria for his third-grade class, he found bundles of raw scallions — those long, green stalks of onion usually reserved for cooking.

“I asked the cafeteria workers, ‘Are you serious?’ and they said, ‘This is what they sent us,'” said Rill, one of nine City Year corps members assigned to Turner. “So I held them out and said, ‘This is what we have,’ and the kids went nuts. Two of them ate it in front of me and said, ‘This is disgusting.'”

Your tax dollars at work, friends

Turner Elementary is one of the District’s 53 public elementary schools participating in the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Under the 2008 farm bill, the District received $1.2 million this school year to serve students a vegetable or piece of fruit outside of breakfast and lunch hours. The program is likely to expand to more schools next year as funding increases to $1.7 million.

Hey, with the increase in funding maybe they can upgrade the kids to raw shallots.

As a wise man once said

“Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?”

10 Responses to “Why You Young Rascallions Look Hungry!”

  1. major dad says:

    Put some salt on them and they’re great.

  2. tree hugging sister says:

    That sure will cut down on the talking in class and the lunchroom, though.

    TicTac/Mentos sales will SOAR ~ you heard it hear first!

  3. Ave says:

    Way to go you young, healthier whippersnappers! I also enjoyed a vegetable snack today – potato chips.

  4. aelfheld says:

    I’d rather eat raw scallions than raw zucchini.

  5. Mr. Bingley says:

    Yeah, Aelf, I really don’t see the appeal in that.

    But I’ve always been more of a Twinkie guy, anyways.

  6. Gunslinger says:

    Next they’ll pass out cans of bamboo shoots.

  7. JeffS says:

    Or tofu, Guns.


  8. Winston Smith says:

    What sort of brain dead zombie gives kids stuff like this for a snack?

    Oh. A Vegan. Says it all….

  9. Fausta says:

    Darn. I’ve been pulling wild onion off my yard since it’s a weed that thrives in all the rain we’ve been getting. Maybe I could ship them to the DC school district & get on the gravy train.

  10. Mr. Bingley says:

    Schmaybe Menendez or Lautenberg could get you a Government grant if you played your cards right!

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