Homemade Lunches Banned at Schools!- General Budget & Finance

I saw an article this morning that outraged me as a mother, Some Chicago Schools are BANNING Homemade Lunches, claiming that school lunches are more nutritionally sound! Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight - Yahoo! News It amazes me that the schools feel

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    I saw an article this morning that outraged me as a mother, Some Chicago Schools are BANNING Homemade Lunches, claiming that school lunches are more nutritionally sound!

    Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight - Yahoo! News

    It amazes me that the schools feel their lunches are Nutritional. First of all, they cost .+ per meal- which is at LEAST per week, per child. I can tell you, I don't spend a month on lunch for 2 kids!


    That's an asinine number! Dh is thrilled that this is taking place in Chicago and not here, as he knows that I would be raising holy hell down at the school district over this ridiculousness!
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    Sooo basically the school system is saying their meals are more nutritious than what the PARENT is feeding their child? IMHO, that is way over the line!

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    That is just crazy! I can't believe that. I make my kids lunches and hate what they serve at the schools.

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    I saw that article too. It's unfortunate, but, at the same time, almost the right thing - in certain cases.

    I used to work as an admin asst for a landlord and the tenants would bring their kids when they paid the rent. Kids would be less than 5 and have a mouth full of cavities, sipping on kool aid, potato chips, and other junk. When parents are sending their kids to school with "lunches" full of junk, maybe the school lunch is better.

    However, I don't think it's the best solution. But I do understand where they're coming from.

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    This is absolutely outrageous. I would be down at the district office so fast....my kids refuse to eat school lunches...one they have to wait in line then don't have time to eat..and two they rarely like what is being served...I pack 1/2 sandwich, fruit, yogurt or cheese stick..sometimes cottage cheese..my kids have said that others have commented about their healthy lunches...but it is what I am choosing to feed my kids...other parents have the right to choose what they feed their children..school district/government should stay out of my kitchen!!

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    My DD will NOT eat school lunches. I pack her lunch every school day. If they want to change this, I guess we'll have to change school systems...

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    My two boys are too young to go to school and I plan on homeschooling anyway. This is completely ridiculous. When I was a kid and this was a long time ago my mom could only afford to pay for milk tickets for the week.I remember they were .15 a ticket. Hot lunch was .75. I brought my lunch from home. It was a luxury for me to get a school lunch. Boo to the Chicago school district. )-:

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    I read this too. Awful. We don't attend our local school but I do know that kids complain that by the time they get through the line, there is very little time to actually eat the food before needing to get to the next class. Much more time if you take your own lunch.

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    in recent months, the schools here in fla have made strides at getting healthier approaches in the school lunches. we check the menu daily and if i don't approve or my kids don't like what they are offered at school, they pack a lunch of applesauce, ham or turkey rollups, string cheese and bottled water. they get other fruits and veggies at home for dinner/snacks and they have milk every morning with breakfast. while some parents think i am overboard with what i allow my kids to eat and what i don't let them have, this article is one of the reasons that we as parents HAVE to be proactive in our childrens nutrition!

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    It amazes me that the school thinks they have the right to FORCE parents to Purchase lunches at school. This seems to be entirely financially motivated and is quite underhanded. This is a lawsuit in the making, in my opinion.
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    I wonder what Martha Payne would think of this? She's the girl in Europe that made world news when she started rating school lunches.

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    I'd Like to see them try to tell me my kids have to eat school lunches when They Don't want to..My Kids take their lunches when they are having something they don't like..And healthy shoot My Kids Have papa Johns on every Friday The school gives it to them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vampixen View Post
    I'd Like to see them try to tell me my kids have to eat school lunches when They Don't want to..My Kids take their lunches when they are having something they don't like..And healthy shoot My Kids Have papa Johns on every Friday The school gives it to them
    Now that my Daughter would eat if they would do that at her school. As far as anything else, nope. She will NOT. ((pretty stubborn, that one...kinda like the apple didn't fall too far from her trees))

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    Vampixen, just because it is Papa Johns it might still be healthy. A handfull of schools are testing a white whole wheat and gluten free crusts. In my area Dominos was providing pizza a couple of years ago testing the waters to speak to see if the kids even noticed a difference and most didn't.

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    It chaffs my hide to see this happen, but as a teacher I see students, (especially poor students) whose parents drop a can of soda, chips, a package of ramen noodles (the kids eat it dry) and candy into their kid's lunches. These poor kids are either sleepy from the sugar or antsy because of hunger. As a teacher I kept bags of mixed cereals with nuts and dry fruits for the kids that needed them, but you can't expect teachers to all do this as between buying school supplies, going to classes to keep up to date with what is being taught plus buying food for students it is easy to end up at minimum wage.

    I wish they could try a pledge system, where parents are taught about basic nutrition and pledge to pack healthy meals. Unfortunately, this group of parents that are sending junk food are unlikely to participate.

    I feel that if they are mandating this, they should provide these meals at no cost to the children. Perhaps the Parents club could step in, or you can seek to represent the parents on the school site council which approves these plans before they go to the school board if you want to offer some solutions to this problem.

    This is a difficult situation, especially for the conscientious parent! JRodgers

 

 
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