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Hoople

Latrobe, PA

#21 Aug 31, 2012
Thank you. So you admit it's one, rather than most?
spartan

Irwin, PA

#22 Aug 31, 2012
I was not the original poster so I admit to nothing other than providing you with something you asked for... one district. "wow" may know of others.
spartan

Irwin, PA

#23 Aug 31, 2012
Here are few more in Westmoreland county for you.

"Welcome to Greensburg Salem School District food service department, managed by The Nutrition Group."

http://greensburgsalem.org/domain/25

Penn Trafford uses ARAMARK

http://www.penntrafford.org/resources/lunch-p...

Franklin Regional is under the management of Metz & Associates.

http://www.franklinregional.k12.pa.us/sites/b...

"Monessen City School Districts Cafeterias are proudly managed by The Nutrition Group"

http://www.monessenschooldistrict.com/2323207...
Hoople

Latrobe, PA

#24 Sep 1, 2012
spartan wrote:
Here are few more in Westmoreland county for you.
"Welcome to Greensburg Salem School District food service department, managed by The Nutrition Group."
http://greensburgsalem.org/domain/25
Penn Trafford uses ARAMARK
http://www.penntrafford.org/resources/lunch-p...
Franklin Regional is under the management of Metz & Associates.
http://www.franklinregional.k12.pa.us/sites/b...
"Monessen City School Districts Cafeterias are proudly managed by The Nutrition Group"
http://www.monessenschooldistrict.com/2323207...
Is that most?
Grumbles II

Latrobe, PA

#25 Sep 1, 2012
Grumbles wrote:
So at the risk of sounding cruel I'll just say it.....all the kids in school who qualify for 'the program' didnt eat all summer? Really? When they return to school someone hands them a voucher based upon some criteria. Someone supported them all summer.
I'd like to see the school given a lump sum based off those who currently qualify, be mandated to apply the $ to a general fund, which is then used to reduce the cost of ALL lunches.
Consider it welfare reform at a very young age.
Good points Grumbles. Granted there are plenty of truly needy kids in GL & neighboring school districts. You question if the kids didn't eat all summer. They did I'm sure because they were Mom's &/or Dad's kids in June, July & August. Now that fall's here partial custody of the children is automatically granted to the school district. The schools are now responsible for making sure the children eat regardless of the ability to pay for breakfast or lunch. I'd just like to know how some parents can afford tatoos & body piercings, cigarettes & beer, dog & cat food, etc, etc, etc, but can't afford to feed the kids once they walk out the front door & get on the bus. Granted there are plenty of truly needy families in GL & neighboring school districts. I'm just sayin' that in MANY cases, it's all a matter of priorities!
Mr Crumpets

Paterson, NJ

#26 Sep 1, 2012
These kids are nothing but midget socialists mooching of parents and school lunch programs for free (discounted) food. I say "The mines and gas companies are hiring".

1 library 7 days open

Pittsburgh, PA

#27 Sep 1, 2012
Grumbles II wrote:
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Good points Grumbles. Granted there are plenty of truly needy kids in GL & neighboring school districts. You question if the kids didn't eat all summer. They did I'm sure because they were Mom's &/or Dad's kids in June, July & August. Now that fall's here partial custody of the children is automatically granted to the school district. The schools are now responsible for making sure the children eat regardless of the ability to pay for breakfast or lunch. I'd just like to know how some parents can afford tatoos & body piercings, cigarettes & beer, dog & cat food, etc, etc, etc, but can't afford to feed the kids once they walk out the front door & get on the bus. Granted there are plenty of truly needy families in GL & neighboring school districts. I'm just sayin' that in MANY cases, it's all a matter of priorities!
Honest to god these posts are so historically stupid.

Students used to be sent to all grades with brown bag lunches, peanut butter sandwiches, etc. And the 98% of mothers were "stay at home" mothers, who made the lunches for their kids, and even for their husbands.

But, then society changed, and women started to work in the 1970s, and families started to divorce, and in the 1980s mass marketing of consumerism -- spending more than what ya had -- made everyone forget what really mattered in life.

And, with modernization of the world, brown bag lunches went the wayside of "hot and well-prepared" food.

The problem isn't with the concept of a cafeteria, the problem is that the system, this system of feeding kids, is out of control, and there's no better way to address WASTE than to simply shut down the program, the cafeteria, and let the fall out happen.
Redneck

Latrobe, PA

#28 Sep 1, 2012
Schools can't be the cure or excuse for all family issues and irresponsible behavior. Cafeterias and diet are just more examples of an educational system trying to compensate for poor family values.

Combine the diet issue with other activities that were once part of a family’s responsibility like sex and driver's ed, recreation, and developing physical strengths and ethical standards...and you get what we got. An education system that is like a sewer trap collecting all the crap of society and thus failing as an academic system. Garbage in; garbage out applies to the entire system of education...not just computer input.
Really

Latrobe, PA

#29 Sep 1, 2012
1 library 7 days open wrote:
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Honest to god these posts are so historically stupid.
Students used to be sent to all grades with brown bag lunches, peanut butter sandwiches, etc. And the 98% of mothers were "stay at home" mothers, who made the lunches for their kids, and even for their husbands.
But, then society changed, and women started to work in the 1970s, and families started to divorce, and in the 1980s mass marketing of consumerism -- spending more than what ya had -- made everyone forget what really mattered in life.
And, with modernization of the world, brown bag lunches went the wayside of "hot and well-prepared" food.
The problem isn't with the concept of a cafeteria, the problem is that the system, this system of feeding kids, is out of control, and there's no better way to address WASTE than to simply shut down the program, the cafeteria, and let the fall out happen.
While I agree that commercialism is rampant in our society... Why some choose to blame the problems of the world on a woman working and contributing to a home... I cannot understand. I know some women that handle the job very well and still pack a lunch for their kid. Furthermore, I also know that there are still a few good, honest, hard working and non-frivolous families out there trying to make it in this world today that depend on 2 incomes and no government help to do it.

I am not against school lunches being provided at a reasonable cost, but... they do need to be within reason, healthy and something the kids will eat. A broad request... I know!!! Furthermore... I resent the government involvement where parent involvement belongs!

If what you say is true and the "system" of school lunches is out of control (and it is!) so we should just end it here and now instead of trying to address it... THEN that would mean let's scrap Social Security, Health Insurance and many other programs that so many depend on!!! Think before you speak sir... that is a huge statement!

Kids are a worthwhile investment always!!! The idea of healthy eating is a good one... this is just a poorly implemented or thought out program that left out a few details. The only way to make changes is to discuss and raise awareness of the problems. Problem with this society is they want to sit back judge others and yet... let others do the job that we all should take a part in. It is easier to sit and complain rather than try to make a difference. I have made some phone calls and emails to raise awareness to this issue this week. I am a mom... I do work... and I have packed lunches for my kids in the past and will continue to do so... if my kids want them. Problem is... my kid (s) don't always want a packed lunch. I welcome anybody to help me figure out how to take the "packed" redundancy out of the lunch they need 5 days a week. My husband takes leftovers from our evening meal (Yes... I cook too!) in his lunch. But the kids don't have access to microwaves to heat a meal like that.

Not sure what the answers are, but wouldn't it be better to discuss the issue and brain storm than be judgmental and place blame!
1 library 7 days open

Pittsburgh, PA

#30 Sep 1, 2012
Really wrote:
If what you say is true and the "system" of school lunches is out of control (and it is!) so we should just end it here and now instead of trying to address it... THEN that would mean let's scrap Social Security, Health Insurance and many other programs that so many depend on!!! Think before you speak sir... that is a huge statement!
I believe that everything you list above should be shut down, that philanthropies should spend their stored -- real -- dollars for those who need it, and 25-years from now, a new and better economy will have emerged.
1 library 7 days open

Pittsburgh, PA

#31 Sep 1, 2012
Really wrote:
Kids are a worthwhile investment...
Kids are THE MOST worthwhile investment, but FEDERAL and STATE level spending on feeding kids, and poorly running a vomitorium, is a waste of money.

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