Nasty School Lunches
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Moms Wanna Know

Moultrie, GA

#1 Oct 17, 2012
My youngest child is now coming through the school system, but unlike my older children, he is now coming in starving every afternoon. I have spoke with several other parents whose children have said the same thing. I also heard that the school system is now trying to take control of food service at extracurricular activities and fundraisers due to the guidelines in the National School Lunch Program. I looked into this and didn't see any mention of extracular activities or fundraisers in this policy. Look for yourself: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Legisl... I did however see mention of funding for a school snack that I know my child is not receiving. Can anyone please shed some light on the subject of school lunch?
Barrie O

Douglas, GA

#2 Oct 17, 2012
Moms Wanna Know wrote:
My youngest child is now coming through the school system, but unlike my older children, he is now coming in starving every afternoon. I have spoke with several other parents whose children have said the same thing. I also heard that the school system is now trying to take control of food service at extracurricular activities and fundraisers due to the guidelines in the National School Lunch Program. I looked into this and didn't see any mention of extracular activities or fundraisers in this policy. Look for yourself: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Legisl... I did however see mention of funding for a school snack that I know my child is not receiving. Can anyone please shed some light on the subject of school lunch?
Call Michelle, Queen of America, at the West Wing of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. She will help you understand.
shame shame

Perry, GA

#3 Oct 17, 2012
I understand what you r saying. I ate lunch with my 1st today grader and I now understand why he comes home starving every day. They had "sliders", turnip greens, and mashed potatoes? WTH? I understand the concept of a nutrient or vitamin balanced meal... but come on! We don't qualify for reduced rate lunches, and sure can't afford to pack a lunch everyday, but if we don't he will b starving before school is out! It sucks!
Hermes

Chauncey, GA

#4 Oct 17, 2012
Are you saying they aren't getting as much food as before or they just don't like what they are served?
Mandy

Fitzgerald, GA

#5 Oct 17, 2012
I've been teaching a few years and have never seen a child starve to death b/c of school lunches. No, they are not home cookin' but they do keep children filled up
DooDah

Pearson, GA

#7 Oct 18, 2012
shame shame wrote:
I understand what you r saying. I ate lunch with my 1st today grader and I now understand why he comes home starving every day. They had "sliders", turnip greens, and mashed potatoes? WTH? I understand the concept of a nutrient or vitamin balanced meal... but come on! We don't qualify for reduced rate lunches, and sure can't afford to pack a lunch everyday, but if we don't he will b starving before school is out! It sucks!
That actually sounds like a tast meal. The fact that you or your child may consider it to be nasty points to your own failings in food shopping and in failing to teach your child to experience and to learn how to like a broader array of food. The new healthier guidelines for school lunches should serve as a wake up call to all parents of school age children to educate themselves more on the issue. Kind of like long ago with the push for exercise in PE programs which came about from another First Lady. Your negative attitude and pandering to your child's angst over lunches only makes it harder on you and your child. The change is not something that is going to hurt the students so the griping is a bit silly and immature.
Driving your Kids

Lakeland, GA

#8 Oct 18, 2012
Over the years I have seen children become more heavy, to the point of obese. Kids continuously in the mornings with cookies, pizza, and chips, candy. Now let me say, I do not allow eating on my bus, but it does happen. Kids today get very little exercise, because the Ipods, cell phones, games, computer ect. had taken control. No more do you ride through a community and see kids out playing.[ WHY, as a parent would you not want bitter for you child] I am so pleased that the school lunch program has change. If your child is hungry, he may not be eating his lunch at school, he will not starve. Change his habits and you change the child. If you train a child to do good things it will follow him for the rest of his life. GOOD habits are not a bad thing, it is a GOOD thing.
Dude

Perry, GA

#9 Oct 18, 2012
Another idea so good it has to be mandatory. Straight from the "Food Police" manual,"Because of the complexity of factors that contribute both to overall food consumption and to obesity, we are not
able to define a level of disease or cost reduction that is attributable to the changes in meals expected to result from implementation of the rule." In other words, It's BS and we can't prove it will be of any benefit but we are making it a requirement anyway. Get the Federal Govt. out of our lives!!!
common sense

Ocilla, GA

#10 Oct 18, 2012
Kids need to offered foods they like and will eat. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken nuggets, soup and sandwiches, salad, etc. we're foods my kids were fed at school and they are healthy adults. The problem isn't the food as much as it is getting the necessary exercise in recess and PE.
True dat

Moultrie, GA

#11 Oct 18, 2012
Some of the PE coaches at the Middle School should get off their arse and teach PE. It's not play time or study hall, it's PE.

I promise school lunches have never made a child fat. Most of the lunch is thrown in the garbage. The twinkies and honey buns the child eats at home is what makes a child obese.
scaredofbadfolks

Douglas, GA

#12 Oct 18, 2012
Driving your Kids wrote:
Over the years I have seen children become more heavy, to the point of obese. Kids continuously in the mornings with cookies, pizza, and chips, candy. Now let me say, I do not allow eating on my bus, but it does happen. Kids today get very little exercise, because the Ipods, cell phones, games, computer ect. had taken control. No more do you ride through a community and see kids out playing.[ WHY, as a parent would you not want bitter for you child] I am so pleased that the school lunch program has change. If your child is hungry, he may not be eating his lunch at school, he will not starve. Change his habits and you change the child. If you train a child to do good things it will follow him for the rest of his life. GOOD habits are not a bad thing, it is a GOOD thing.
ok I would like to reply to a few of your assertions. First you statement about computers,games,iposd ect. ect keeping the kids inside. This is not really true, my children play games because its not safe to play outside in our neighborhood. You cant find any drugs but you might get kidnapped or assaulted mugged or raped and killed. Its not safe around here anymore. Secondly the school needs to give the children more time outside to PLAY this will reduce the in class discipline and the kids will burn more calories. Let the kids PLAY more, they cannot learn if their other needs are not met too.
Driving your Kids

Lakeland, GA

#13 Oct 18, 2012
scaredofbadfolks wrote:
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ok I would like to reply to a few of your assertions. First you statement about computers,games,iposd ect. ect keeping the kids inside. This is not really true, my children play games because its not safe to play outside in our neighborhood. You cant find any drugs but you might get kidnapped or assaulted mugged or raped and killed. Its not safe around here anymore. Secondly the school needs to give the children more time outside to PLAY this will reduce the in class discipline and the kids will burn more calories. Let the kids PLAY more, they cannot learn if their other needs are not met too.
Yes I agree, some neighbor hoods are not safe, you sound like a good mother, take your kids to the park, two things happen, kids get to run and play and you get to spend some non- interupted time with them, you both win. Have a great day.
big deal

Douglas, GA

#14 Oct 18, 2012
You all need to shut up. no one cares that your kids are hungry and i dont blame them because they have a chance to eat whats given to them. if they dont like whats on their tray then tough shit. they will just have ro be hungry all day. just be glad that they still feed your child. you dumb asses will bitch and moan about everything
Kimo Savey

Douglas, GA

#15 Oct 18, 2012
This is due to the new federal guidelines for school lunches. The new law is called "NO CHILD'S BEHIND".
Gail

Manchester, GA

#16 Oct 18, 2012
I would like to see our Superintendent, Mrs. Lewis, and all of the boardmembers eat at for 1 week at each school in the county and not supplement with snacks after lunch. I bet none of them could make it til the end of the day without eating a candy bar or bag of chips, especially that chunky Superintendent.
WHAT

Moultrie, GA

#17 Oct 18, 2012
The school lunch program is regulated by portion size, number of fruits/veggies, and starches/sugars. It is up to the local school systems to choose what they serve and how they prepare it. Most items these days are warmed and not cooked. Open the box, dump them out, put them in the steamer, set the timer, pull them out, put them on a tray and serve. This is not cooking or even semi-homemade. This is modern heat and eat. This is a product of our school system's choosing, not the federal government. The fed just say calorie count, serving size, sodium level, and how many servings of each food group are to be served, not the different foods the schools serve. Complain to the board. They are taking the cheapest way out, plain and simple. You can blame the big, bad government, but it is our local government that is doing it, not the FEDS.
Yummo

Moultrie, GA

#18 Oct 18, 2012
I ate candy corn for breakfast.
Wanting to Know

Douglas, GA

#19 Oct 18, 2012
The main problem is because we have gotten so complacent about how the kids grow up.

For example, with both parents working, kids are not allowed to go outside and play because the parents do not want the children to get hurt or something worse. So the kids are forced to stay indoors, where they can eat all the junk food they can find to their hearts content. Then they plop their butts in front of the TV, computer, or video game and play until dinner time. Then, once dinner is done, it is back to the video games, etc., until bed time.

For schools, the mandate has gotten worse. PE is being phased out of the school systems because it is more important that we teach. We are having to teach our kids how to learn so they can pass all the stupid standardized test that are mandated by the state and federal programs. With all this studying, there is no time to have PE. PE has been shown to have benefits for a student. It is a way for the child to release tension and pent up energy.

Now, I am please that Michelle Obama is taking a role in the nutrition of our kids. When I was in school, we didn't have the option to have pizza or nachos every day for lunch. Pizza was served sometimes twice a month, usually on Fridays. We had regular lunches--spaghetti with meat sauce, roll, salad, and some form of dessert. Or we had hamburgers with all the fixings, fries, salad or fruit. Some days we had vegetable soup, grilled cheese sandwiches (sometimes peanut butter before the peanut alergies were even thought of), salad, and some form of fruit or dessert. Needless to say, we had balanced lunches without the junk--we didn't have pizza and cokes for lunch. We had milk and the occasional fruit juice.

Kids are allowed now to eat whatever they wish. They can purchase any food that they want without having their parents telling them NO. Instead of eating the healthy choices, they choose the junk. They can go to the vending machines and get candy bars, chips, sodas, honey buns, etc.

Here is something to think about...lunch is very affordable. I am not sure what the students are paying for the regular lunch, but I am sure it is not more than $1.50. By the time they have gone to the vending machines, they will have spent more than that and have gotten nothing nutritious in return. I dare any parent to find a more nutritious lunch for such a low price. If a parent knows that their child is spending a $1.50 on a small personal pizza and $.50 to $1.00 for a can of soda, then I blame the parent. A lunch of french fries and a soda is not a lunch (I have seen this, too.).

The bottom line is that kids are not going hungry in school. Sure, some are not getting the nutrition they need. However, if the student is hungry, I look upon the student for not eating itself or not taking the correct foods that will fill them and keep them active. If you want your child to eat healthy, it is best you sit down with them at home, turn off the video game or TV, and talk with them on the focus of good eating.

One other topic in this whole discussion is the families that are struggling to make ends meet. Sometimes the meals they get at school may be the only meals they get all day. If a child is having problems at home with meals, they will see some of the food they cannot get at home and eat it. It may not be nutritious, but it is something.

We need to look at this subject from all sides. Who is to blame for the nutritional values our kids are having? Who is to blame for the choices the kids eat? Why is this not being examined further?
oh haha

Kathleen, GA

#20 Oct 18, 2012
guessed they b*tched about the black beans ,chicken wraps and corn dogs today.
shame shame

Paynesville, MN

#21 Oct 18, 2012
Well, this is for Doodah. You say complaining of this is immature, but I consider you telling me that I'm failing as a parent because I haven't taught my kid about a different variety of food? That is immature. Come on? The main point I was stressing was the fact of the combination of foods that they had that day. Simple question for ya Doodah... How many times have you grilled burgers and warmed up a can of "canned" turnip greens, and served that for a meal? I bet not too often... if ever. Its like they make the menu by drawing items written on paper out of a hat.

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