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    Just out of curiosity, why do so many kids take their lunch instead of eating
    at the school cafeteria? My daughter will be starting first grade this fall
    and we planned to have her eat at the school cafeteria. I understand if the
    school did not have a cafeteria, but is their something wrong with school food
    I should know about? Or do your kiddos just prefer to bring their own lunch?
    With us being a one income family, we will qualify for a reduced or even free
    lunch which is why we planned to have her eat there.

    TIA

    Melissa
    From: "SHAMEL DANDAL" <dvictor>
    Date: Thu May 29, 2003 12:23 am
    Subject: School lunches

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    Oft en there is something wrong with the school food that you should know
    about --- it is amazing, but many also seem to take advantage of children's
    food, acting as if nutrition and proper preparation is nothing important!
    Out here in California, school cafetaria's were popped for buying cheap
    foreign strawberries, when you opened them up often they were moldy ---
    awhile back some idiots tried to consider pickles and ketchup "vegetables"
    -- trying to do away with more proper vegetables. And of course out here,
    many schools are putting in fast food outlets in schools for money-----at a
    time when we are told again and again that our kids are getting obese!

    I would have no problem with fast food on campuses IF they made most of it
    reasonably healthy (like maybe McDonald's regular old cheeseburgers, which I
    still love) ---- or limited it to once in a while.

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    My son is in the third grade and hates the school lunch. I do make him lunch
    and on a daily basis I get "the kids wanted my lunch again." Sometimes it even
    gets to the point that the teachers get involved because the kids are taking
    each other's lunches. I give my son a verity of foods but give him snacks that
    I buy in bulk at Costco or Sam's. The teachers are telling parents to limit
    the snakes till the end of the year because some parents can't afford snacks or
    send it with their kids and expect the school to feed there kids.

    I do qualify for the free lunches since we are also a one family income but
    my son will not touch the stuff. I see sometimes the lunches that the school
    prepares and believe me I would not eat it as well myself. I also see how much
    food they waste on a daily basis. He cannot bring home the milk if he does not
    drink it and if the kids don't drink it they throw it out. I wish they would
    allow the parents of the kids even to bring the milk or even the fruit home.

    I look forward to speaking and hearing from you soon!
    Nora Fraser

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    I'm not sure where you all live, but I had 3 kids go through the school
    lunches. Our program must be alittle odd. The kids LOVED school lunches,
    when we had parents day, I never had a complaint. There were a few thing
    that they didn't like and would take a lunch that day. But the days they
    served chili, my son would get 2 lunches in junior high and high school! It
    is that good. My sister's girls won't even try school lunches, so she put
    spagetti o's heated in a little thermus, or soup. She does the mac & cheese
    too. Anything she can think of to get her girls to eat. If you fill your
    thermus with hot water while you are fixing the rest of the lunch, it seems
    to help hold the heat a little bit better.

    Julie S

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    Our school lunches are great. The kids get healthy portions and variety. The
    reason that they would take a lunch would just be because they didn't like
    what was on the menu that day. Many people don't get free or reduced lunches and

    it is cheaper to send a lunch then pay up to $2.00 a day or more.

    JMO<
    Cheri

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    Melissa, some children don't like the prepared schools at food. Some parents
    don't either. Although the nutrional guidelines are set by the government.
    Take note, catsup is now a veggie not a condiment according to the gov't
    guidelines.

    Price is another factor. Lunches here in Milwaukee WI at the elementary level
    are $1.85 each. WOW. I can pack a lunch for less than 1/4 of that.
    Something to factor.

    Krista

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    I know there has been a big stink recently in the Metro Atlanta area about
    school lunches, embezzlement and nutrition. It boggles my mind that BIG
    vending machines are in the cafeteria and on campus and are operational
    during lunch times in the High School and Jr. High. So many kids are eating
    out of the vending machines -it's sad. At the High School by us they kids
    have no less than 4 specialty windows to choose from plus the regular line.
    I also know that the kids only have *maybe* 20 minutes to get to the lunch
    room, get their lunch, eat and get back to class. The lines can take 20
    minutes. So many eat from the vending machine or have their bag lunch to
    simply save time and have time to eat.

    At the elementary level the kids have too many choices for the basic meal
    and then there are add ons. There many be perfectly lovely fruit and yogurt
    trays the kids can eat or there is pizza and fries or chicken and veggies.
    Guess what all the kids eat? Yup, the pizza and fries. Then they go back
    and buy two Dove ice cream bars. Or they buy the lunch and dump it so they
    can go up and get the junk food extras. The cafeterias require that the
    kids eat meal before they get the junk...well who watches to make sure they
    eat it? Nobody. Even if the staff *knows* they didn't eat it they can't do
    a thing about it because they kids are playing inside the rule's boundaries.
    At any rate...knowing I probably couldn't count on my child resisting
    temptation to eat the right thing I would pack a lunch. As it is, my DD's
    school doesn't have lunch room/kitchen facilities (very small private
    school) so I *have* to send in her lunch every day.

    I vaguely remember something about the embezzlement being tied to the
    government lunch programs... not entirely sure. (I can't access the story
    without paying to look at it in the Stacks in the Atlanta Journal &
    Constitution)

    For your DD going into school next year, find out how their lunch room works
    and how many choices there are. You may need to help her understand what
    she is allowed to eat and what she isn't. Good luck!

    Diane
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    Date: Thu May 29, 2003 11:59 am
    Subject: RE: Budget101.com : School lunches

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    At my dd8's school, they have two choices for lunch if they are eating cafeteria
    food. They have a menu that they bring home every month and so they know what
    their food choices are. I have to admit that we usually start the school yr by
    packing lunches and then end up buying them. Now that I am only working part
    time, I think that we'd qualify for free or reduced lunches, but I didn't bother
    applying halfway through the yr. In the fall when I'll have two kids in school
    I'll probably apply. One other thing I like is that they are only allowed to buy
    ice cream 1 or 2 days a week - they alternate by grades. So there is a limit to
    the junk food they can buy. I think it would help if more parents got involved
    with telling the schools what they want.

    Kathy

 

 
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