Last month I learned that McDonald’s in a partnership with CityLine, was putting out a call looking for mom Bloggers across Canada to participate in the McDonald’s All-Access Moms program. Along with CityLine parenting expert Nanny Robina (known for her insight on raising children of all ages on the popular tv show, The Mom Show) these bloggers would be given the opportunity to travel across Canada to go behind the scenes at McDonalds and get “unprecedented access” to to the facilities and people that make McDonald’s Canada the company it is.
I knew I had to apply.
Here’s the thing. I love McDonald’s. My kids love McDonald’s. I have no issue with our family having McDonald’s food as part of our diet. Do we eat it daily? Of course not – I don’t think anyone should be eating fast food daily. Do we eat it more than we should? Possibly.
Fast food is a part of our lives, but it’s a small part of it. My husband and I are sugar-police in our household and we also ensure we have plenty of fruit and vegetables for our kids. My son lists my Vietnamese salad rolls as one of his favorite foods and that makes me beam.
I do think we should probably eat fast food less often than we do, but the fact is it’s quick. It’s easy. But how nutritious is it? What about the rumors? Oh, we hear the rumors don’t we? I have for years. What does McDonald’s really mean when they say their hamburger patties are made with 100% beef (it sounds pretty straightforward but the terminology is questioned.) How are their Chicken McNuggets made? What about the facilities where the beef and chicken come from – how are animals treated?
I’ve reviewed hundreds of products over the years, but I’ve never looked at an entire company and been given the chance to look at so many aspects and have my questions answered by key people in the organization like this. I do realize that not everyone is a fan of McDonald’s or a mom-partnership like this and that’s ok too. If I picked the companies I worked with based on other’s opinions, my blog would no longer be my own.
And so, I applied. Then I heard that they were only picking 3 mom bloggers from all of Canada. All of Canada? I shrugged and figured I would enjoy reading about the experience since obviously I wouldn’t be chosen.
And then last week the call came.
This mom blogger is 1 of 3 in Canada chosen to be part of the McDonald’s All-Access Moms! The other mom bloggers chosen are:
I’m very excited to be a part of this program and am keen to learn as much as I can about the company AND get my questions answered. I’ve been told that I will get the answers I am seeking – if the person I speak to can’t answer a question for me they will find someone who will.
My first trip is next week when I’ll be going to Toronto, Ontario to tour McDonald’s Head Office and checking out what it’s like behind the counter at a Canadian McDonald’s restaurant. Mid-way through the week we’ll be going to Chicago, Illinois to visit McDonald’s Global Headquarters, checking out the test kitchen with Chef Dan and going on a tour of the Innovation Center. Nanny Robina will be with us along the way, asking questions and sharing her experience as well. We will have a television production crew with us and CityLine will be sharing videos of our experience with Canadians at a later date (which I’ll of course keep readers posted on).
Your questions count too. My job is to bring the questions of my readers to those who have the means to answer them. What rumors have you heard? Are you confident that the food you’re eating from McDonald’s is made and processed as it should be? Here’s your opportunity to find out. Post your questions, send me a tweet, or simply send me an email.