What’s on the menu today? Beef? Chicken? No, it was Kangaroo for a Nebraska school district.
On October 17, Potter-Dix Public Schools apologized for the October 10 fiasco where their kitchen served chili as the main course. The kangaroo meat was mixed with beef and according to Kevin Frei, head cook, he added the kangaroo meat “because of it’s nutritional value because it is a very lean meat.”
The problem is not that the kangaroo meat is unsafe but Superintendent Mike Williams said “if a family wants to eat exotic foods, then they can do so on their own time – not at school.” He continues, “if we were to have food or ingredients that are out of the ordinary, they should be listed on the menu so that the students and families are aware of what they would be being served.”
According to Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska school cooks are encourage to introduce new foods to students and the U.S. Department of Education encourages exposure to new foods.
The issue seems to be that if exotic foods are served that families should be informed of the food they will consume. Because Kangaroo is not a staple in American family households it is unlikely that it will show up in Potter-Dix Public Schools.