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How does it take 4.5 billion dollars to create healthier food standards in schools?

from the last article I posted...

--The House could take up a $4.5 billion Senate-passed child nutrition bill, promoted by first lady Michelle Obama, that would create healthier standards for food served in schools.

does anyone know anything about this? Are they actually buying the food?

 
lovinangels

Asked by lovinangels at 9:31 AM on Sep. 13, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Here I was thinking there were already STANDARDS in place!! Our school serves overpriced junk imo, that is why my boys take their lunch. It is $2.85 per day for full pay and a typical meal is..."full variety bar" (a salad type bar that also has things like pudding) and a "main course" such as theose frozen crustless P B & J sandwiches, 3 chicken nuggets, 2 ravioli, fish patty, sloppy joes...and of course milk. Yuck!

    You are right though lovin.....we are broke. We don't have any money to spend on an "overhaul." Besides, why do you have to have money to overhaul? Why not just change what you are serving? Oh wait, the unions are a problem. In our district one of the problems with the cafeteria is the workers contracts, they require easy to serve foods. We all know easy to serve means more expensive and less nutritious. Oh, I know this because I have done some budget committee work at our district.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:10 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • Of that 4.5 million, we've got to pay for a School Lunch Czar, who is then going to hire 12 or more employees (creating jobs, and they'll all need to purchase state of the art computers, of course) to print off numerous lists of rules and regulations for school lunches based on the (outdated) food pyramid. Then, they've got to have money for the postage and envelopes they need to send those lists to ALL the school cafeterias in the nation. Of course, someone will have to point out that the food pyramid they based all those rules & regulations on is outdated, so they'll have to develop new rules and regulations and then more paper, envelopes, and postage to send the updated rules & regulations out to ALL the school cafeterias, again! Oh, and this will have to be repeated every year.
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 1:34 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • When it comes to what goes in children bodies that is making hem fat and unhealthy it certainly is a good idea. Did you know that most children alive now will die before the age of 55 because of obesity. Of course it must be kept up with at home however with the public school food service there is no avoiding it. So we raise our kids to die young or put money where it should be and take it from where it shouldn't be!
    delilahsmom1177

    Answer by delilahsmom1177 at 10:06 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • d - we are long past broke. We are so far in debt that our grandchildren will be paying off this debt. There is no need to overpay a committee of "experts" to revamp the school lunch program. The authority to make that plan could be *gasp* released by the feds and returned to the individual school districts who could then design healthful and affordable lunches (and breakfasts, where applicable) based on what is locally available. School districts could create volunteer committees of interested moms and dads to design the menus, for example. We all know about the food pyramid and what kids should be eating. It's not rocket science. And a $4.5 billion Senate-passed child nutrition bill is certainly NOT a bargain.
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 12:50 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • d- in any school district, enough moms and dads are not working or would be willing to give up an evening here or there that a committee of 8 or 10 could easily be formed. I've seen it happen. So, that argument doesn't work.

    I, too, think it's important that kids eat healthy meals every day. That's the main reason my kids carry their lunches. However, who is the better person to decide what is healthy for your child -- you or some faceless bureaucrat? Don't let someone who has no clue what you value decide what should go into your child's body.

    Yes, the debt will be there. Why make it bigger than it has to be? This bill is a completely unnecessary waste. This is something that we can take care of ourselves. We don't need the government telling us how to feed our kids lunch.
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 1:46 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • I am only guessing but here in the UK there has already been a child nutrition type thing in all schools. The money was used to teach the cafeteria staff about healthier eating, to teach the schools, to teach the children and staff were employed to go around the schools and do all of this.

    Obviously I'm only speculating but that's what happened here. As well as fruit being provided every breaktime.
    leah_rai

    Answer by leah_rai at 9:33 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • " p o l i t i c s " plain and simple
    kaysimon132461

    Answer by kaysimon132461 at 9:35 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • Whatever the cost it is a great idea! The food standard in public schools are disgusting and need a complete overhaul!
    delilahsmom1177

    Answer by delilahsmom1177 at 9:47 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • d- we are broke. Nothing is a good idea until they get the budgets in line.
    lovinangels

    Comment by lovinangels (original poster) at 9:55 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • When it comes to what goes in children bodies that is making hem fat and unhealthy it certainly is a good idea. Did you know that most children alive now will die before the age of 55 because of obesity. Of course it must be kept up with at home however with the public school food service there is no avoiding it. So we raise our kids to die young or put money where it should be and take it from where it shouldn't be!

    Do you have a link for the dying before 55 thing? That's news to me.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:49 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

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