Pacific Elementary School lunch progr...

Pacific Elementary School lunch program lands in local documentary

There are 9 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from May 10, 2010, titled Pacific Elementary School lunch program lands in local documentary. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

A trio of Bay Area filmmakers documenting the changing food industry is hoping to use a school lunch program in Davenport to examine nutrition and obesity in the nation's youth.

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getaclue

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 May 10, 2010
The next story will be regarding the hepatitus outbreak caused by a 4th grader not washing their hands after using the restroom. Good God.

If every school cooks from scratch food born illnesses will skyrocket. Havin any luck gettin the kids to like green beans? Will you be forcing them down their gullets?

How about this for an idea....Parents are 100% reponsible for sending a lunch with the kids. Period. No need for the nanny or a cook or all that money.

Teach them how to read, write, add, subtract and to use the scientific method when determining facts while working on critical thought. The rest of it, teachers, is noe of your business.
rita

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 May 10, 2010
getaclue wrote:
The next story will be regarding the hepatitus outbreak caused by a 4th grader not washing their hands after using the restroom. Good God.
If every school cooks from scratch food born illnesses will skyrocket. Havin any luck gettin the kids to like green beans? Will you be forcing them down their gullets?
How about this for an idea....Parents are 100% reponsible for sending a lunch with the kids. Period. No need for the nanny or a cook or all that money.
Teach them how to read, write, add, subtract and to use the scientific method when determining facts while working on critical thought. The rest of it, teachers, is noe of your business.
You get a clue. Id you have ever observed big business farming and/or restaurant food preparation, you will be surprosed we are not more frequently sick. In an educational setting, the food should be more safe, not less. They integrate academics with activities of daily living, a proven model for learning.
getaclue

Santa Cruz, CA

#3 May 10, 2010
I have worked as a butcher in a factory for two years and over 25 in the restaurant business. Have a bunch of kids too.

You assume too much too quickly. BTW, I did not question the "proven model for learning" as you so smoothly put it.

You have a better chance of avoiding a food born illness with certified food safety leaders in a controlled environmnet than with 4th graders who do not wash their hands very often....don't cha think?

Considering that many of the items that will be served, by these children, will be ready to eat items, the danger is increased ten fold. Have you ever tried to explain cross contamination to an eight year old?

Getaclue!
getaclue

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 May 10, 2010
Of course you avoid the other point which is that it is not the responsibility of the govt or school to determine what a child eats or where it comes from. It is the parents responsibility. Give it back....please.

Educate them about nutrition and food safety. Don't make them use dangerous chef knives. Or did you think that was a "sharp" idea too?

Getaclue
Here for Now

Vallejo, CA

#5 May 10, 2010
All kids can experience this, its called helping your mom,dad, guardian cook.
Lets just get rid of school lunches all together and make parents responsible for feeding their children.
Feeding your kids should not be a part of the education budget. We have other social programs for that.
Laura

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 May 10, 2010
getaclue wrote:
Have you ever tried to explain cross contamination to an eight year old?
I think 8 is a little late, actually. Maybe even a lot late. Kids are usually helping their moms in the kitchen way before that, and information such as that gets taught naturally as part of the process. Which, I believe, is what the schools is trying to do.
Pacific Elementary Parent

San Francisco, CA

#7 May 10, 2010
Here for Now wrote:
Feeding your kids should not be a part of the education budget. We have other social programs for that.
I'm not sure what the budget is like, but I do know I need to write the school a check to get lunches at Pacific.

As for food borne illness, we've had two years without an incident. Stephanie runs a top notch kitchen.
Former PS Mommy

United States

#8 May 10, 2010
There are not enough good things that I can say about this program. We moved from L.A. where the kids were offered pre-packaged formerly frozen burritos that had been microwaved in their plastic bags. Here the kids help prepare fresh foods. Guess what? When they prepare the sting beans, they want to eat them. If everyone spends time on preparing something, they are more likely to treat it with respect. At lunch, they give lesson in civiltiy and manners, as teachers eat with kids. Conversation is encouraged. Assigned seating keeps it calm. Waste goes to the pigs!
slightly salty

Palo Alto, CA

#9 May 11, 2010
I can't believe some of the crap that passes for food at public schools these days. So as long as the kids are reasonably screened for contagious illness before they begin their food prep duties each day, this program is a good thing. Learning how to cook from scratch is certainly worthwhile, and eating healthy food while at school facilitates learning. The integrated learning opportunities this program offers are clearly bountiful. I don't see why an 8-year-old would not understand an age-appropriate lesson on cross contamination. And picky kids are more likely to eat their veggies if a) they have a hand in growing or preparing them and/or b) they see other kids eating and enjoying them. I wish my son had this opportunity when he was in school.

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