About nine to 10 am in the morning, the delivery truck stopped by our school. The purpose was to deliver nutribuns – a short name for nutritious buns. Nutribuns are common bread buns, the same bread use for making cheap hamburger. Maybe it was fortified with some vitamins and minerals. Not really sure cause I was very young that time.
Eating nutribun for us was a nightmare. Buns are supposed to be soft but these were so thought and most of them have molds. Maybe they were one month old stock. Maybe they were just collecting unsold breads from bakery and selling it to elementary schools. Maybe it was a program of the former DECS (Department of Education, Culture and Sports). Lots of “maybe”.
I never like buying nutribuns. The taste was awful. I know that moldy bread might cause health problems such as stomach ache and diarrhea. However, all of us are mandated to buy at least one. At the end of the day, all students with extra cash are forced to buy the remaining.
I was able to eat the bread but I was dumping it to garbage bin most of the time. An aching and empty stomach have no difference.
Why were they forcing us to buy food we do not want?
I was surprised! The system of force selling to elementary students still exist as of date. The one broadcasted on television was in Sauyo Elementary School, Novaliches Quezon City. Their students are forced to buy sopas – that was the newscaster said. Parents filed a case against the school principal. She will loose her position as head if proven guilty.
Maybe the sopas taste was not good enough or the menu for the year is nothing but sopas. Try cooking variety of delectable recipes so force selling won’t be necessary.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.