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School district serving prepackaged lunches to save money | The Col...

There are 19 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 18, 2010, titled School district serving prepackaged lunches to save money | The Col.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Second-grader-to-be Clayton Orr, 8, studies the macaroni and cheese at last night's taste testing of his school district's new prepackaged lunches.

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Disgusted

Columbus, OH

#1 Aug 18, 2010
Let the children eat at the local prison, it would be better for them.

“So far left, I'm right”

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#2 Aug 18, 2010
ah prepackaged, heavily preservatived lunches, just what a growing body and mind need
timmy

Salem, OH

#3 Aug 18, 2010
Does the school still have a cook? Probably so we can't let anyone in this parasite group lose their job. Even if they are not cooking!

“Born here, raised here”

Since: Oct 09

Columbus, Ohio

#4 Aug 18, 2010
Serving our children processed food full of chemicals to preserve its freshness: Great Idea. What child needs fresh fruits and vegetables, after all?

I guess that'll show the organic food movement. Take *that* Jamie Oliver.
Gia

Lancaster, OH

#5 Aug 18, 2010
If you do not like what the school is serving - then pack the kid's lunch, and quit complaining.
Mom

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 18, 2010
Instead of being negative, why don't you check out their website to learn about their company and the meals they provide. The schools provide fresh, locally-grown produce and breads to the meals. Do you really thing that other schools are preparing meals from scratch? Get real -- most of it is frozen and reheated already. If this saves the district money, and ultimately saves you taxes, what are you complaining about? Don't want your kids to eat it, then pack their lunch.
tom the traveler

United States

#7 Aug 18, 2010
hodge_podge wrote:
ah prepackaged, heavily preservatived lunches, just what a growing body and mind need
Frozen food does not need preservatives. That is why it is "frozen".

Unlike the food in your own freezer, which may stay there months, this food is likely frozen less than a week because it is well known exactly when it will be consumed.
John Galt

Columbus, OH

#8 Aug 18, 2010
Gia wrote:
If you do not like what the school is serving - then pack the kid's lunch, and quit complaining.
But that would take some effort on the part of the parents./s
tom the traveler

United States

#9 Aug 18, 2010
Central Ohioan wrote:
Serving our children processed food full of chemicals to preserve its freshness: Great Idea. What child needs fresh fruits and vegetables, after all?
I guess that'll show the organic food movement. Take *that* Jamie Oliver.
This is not "processed food full of chemicals". This is fresh frozen. I guess the stories of fully preserved mammoths frozen for over 10,000 years did not register with you.
Firey Buddha

Columbus, OH

#10 Aug 18, 2010
and they're probably processed with filler "meat" and corn by-products. god bless america - home of processed, pre-packaged food.

“So far left, I'm right”

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#12 Aug 18, 2010
tom the traveler wrote:
<quoted text>
Frozen food does not need preservatives. That is why it is "frozen".
Unlike the food in your own freezer, which may stay there months, this food is likely frozen less than a week because it is well known exactly when it will be consumed.
well, then, it must be okay then. frozen and then zapped warm meals I am sure have no chemicals or preservatives in them. thank you for clarification
Crappy County School Kid

Pittsburgh, PA

#14 Aug 18, 2010
These poor kids. No more french fries, cardboard pizza and milshakes?! It's borderline abuse.

Speaking of poor kids - what a shame that 38% of the families in the school district can't afford the $2/meal lunch price. I guess kids getting one somewhat decent meal a day as opposed to no meal each day is a good thing.

$10 per week would buy a loaf of bread, some decent lunch meat, lots of carrots and celery, and a bag of apples.
Resident of many years

Bellefontaine, OH

#15 Aug 18, 2010
Will this save money and reduce positions at the school or will find other job for the jobs reducee by not having the prepare the food and clean up. Sounds like a lot of money should be cut by the budget. Columbus should look into this. We need to cut costs.
Bow Boy

Columbus, OH

#16 Aug 18, 2010
Our school has these lunches now. The only students that eat them are the ones eligible for free lunches. Unfortunately, for many of them that is their meal of the day. Even the teachers won go near them.

“jimmy agler”

Since: Jul 09

grandview hts

#17 Aug 18, 2010
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
But that would take some effort on the part of the parents./s
amen,i have several friends that are teachers in all kinds of districts from wealthy suburb to inner city to rural and the one thing they all say is problem number one is lack of parental involvement.
SCF

United States

#18 Aug 18, 2010
Crappy County School Kid wrote:
$10 per week would buy a loaf of bread, some decent lunch meat, lots of carrots and celery, and a bag of apples.
Or a dime bag.
Dirk

Columbus, OH

#19 Aug 18, 2010
wow, just wow @ serving children frozen meals. Pathetic.
ranatalus

United States

#20 Aug 18, 2010
Crappy County School Kid wrote:
These poor kids. No more french fries, cardboard pizza and milshakes?! It's borderline abuse.
i was basically going to say the same thing, haha.

"freshly cooked" school lunches are awful and for the most part kids will choose the greasiest, most unhealthy thing available that they can afford. these frozen meals, while still not ideal nutritionally, are very likely to be better than what they were eating before (and possibly what they are eating when outside of school)
Educated Fool

Austin, TX

#21 Aug 18, 2010
I worked in a few charter schools that provided pre-packaged meals for lunch and the food was FAR FROM QUALITY. The portions were very small, and the food was BAD. I ate a few different items just to see what exactly they were feeding these kids. I was shocked. But I guess when you're in an inner city school where 98% of the students qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch, and the school does not have the benefit of tax revenue, you do what you gotta do.

Going to this pre-packeaged lunch may be a good idea fiscally, but in terms of the quality of the food (as well as the taste) it is a BAD idea.

My children attend school in Columbus Public and they have what is called "Kids Way Cafe". They have the standard daily meal offering as well as a salad and fruit bar. My son was in Kindergarten last year and we generally packed his lunch, however, he started asking to buy lunch so he could eat the fruit and veggies on the salad bar.

I would much rather know my tax dollars are going to pay for that kind of meal than the frozen, pre-packaged meals they are serving in other districts.

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