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Complaints Mount Against Gov't's New Lunch Menu...ETA: my response.

Posted by on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM
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In Wisconsin, high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the skimpy new school lunch menu mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama.

 

The story we published earlier this week on that subject is unfortunately not unique. Students across the country are complaining about the new school lunch regulations.

 

Perhaps the real motive is to starve students into slimming down. Just ask students in Pierre, South Dakota who, too, are in an all-out revolt.

 

"I know a lot of my friends who are just drinking a jug of milk for their lunch. And they are not getting a proper meal," middle school student Samantha Gortmaker told Keloland.com.

 

Despite the fact that the new regulations have increased the cost of a lunch 20 to 25 cents per plate, it’s not pleasing students.

 

Some are throwing away their vegetables while others are adapting to the rules by becoming industrious. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, students have created a black market - for chocolate syrup. The kiddie capitalists are smuggling in bottles of it and selling it by the squeeze, according to SouthCoastToday.com.

 

Nancy Carvalho, director of food services for New Bedford Public Schools, was quoted as saying that hummus and black bean salads have been tough sells in elementary cafeterias. That means even smaller children are going through the day fighting hunger pains, which can never be considered a good thing.

 

One government official tried to put the blame on the students.

 

"One thing I think we need to keep in mind as kids say they're still hungry is that many children aren't used to eating fruits and vegetables at home, much less at school. So it's a change in what they are eating. If they are still hungry, it's that they are not eating all the food that's being offered," USDA Deputy Undersecretary Janey Thornton was quoted as saying.

 

Ms. Thornton just put her finger on the problem. The government is trying to impose a new diet that children are not accustomed to. It’s not reasonable to expect them to either eat what the government deems healthy or go hungry.

 

Many will opt to go hungry, and that’s the government’s fault.

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For those with children who buy school lunches have you children mentioned anything about the options and/or portion sizes for their school lunches?  Have they noticed a change?

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ETA:  I haven't had the opportunity to read all the responses to this post.   I have seen a combination of PRO's and CON's toward the new gov't program.  Most schools have health programs that, in part, teach about healthy eating.  Introducing healthy food choices to kids is a good thing, but taking away a kid's home packed lunch and forcing the kid to purchase a school lunch is an overreach. 

People want kids to take more responsibility for themselves, yet some want to control what and how much a child eats.  There is irony in there somewhere.

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paknari
by Silver Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM
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Lol I guess if they don't like it we should just start giving them processed crap. After all kids know what's best all the time.
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rocketracer
by Gold Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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Quoting paknari:

Lol I guess if they don't like it we should just start giving them processed crap. After all kids know what's best all the time.

Ok, that really didn't answer the question posed at the bottom of the post. 

paknari
by Silver Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM
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My bad I just think its hilarious. I would expect my kid to whine a bit if all of a sudden they were being fed healthy food and they got to eat junk before. I've been lucky that my kid likes that kind of stuff but she will still beg to giro McDonald's every day. That doesn't mean that I'm going to stop and give in.


Quoting rocketracer:



Quoting paknari:

Lol I guess if they don't like it we should just start giving them processed crap. After all kids know what's best all the time.

Ok, that really didn't answer the question posed at the bottom of the post. 


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bluerooffarm
by Silver Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM
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 My kids are now homeschooled, but they did not have foods that they would eat offered at the school.  My boys barely eat meat and love their veggies and fruits, so it sounds like they may actually have options in the school now.  But with the way the other kids teased my oldest, I can see why they would be hungry the rest of the day.  It sounds like they needed to slowly incorporate more healthful food rather than just snap to a new diet!  Why couldn't they replace one or two unhealthy options with healthy ones until they had changed it all over?  Just replace those heavy syrup peaches with some real whole fruit then change those mushy canned corn dishes with some colorful veggies the next month?  Why is it always all or nothing?  SMH

_Kissy_
by on Sep. 25, 2012 at 3:04 PM
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Because kids are so use to the super sized portions. They have the option to take their lunch.
Our lunch menus gave also gotten smaller and healthier.
Their stomachs are stretched to the limit either.
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Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Sep. 25, 2012 at 3:07 PM
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School lunches should be healthy and calorie appropriate, particularly when the district is making the menus and supplying the food.

Choices:

Starve.

Eat what is served to you.

Make your own lunch.

Take some responsibility for your own child and self (if age appropriate).



rocketracer
by Gold Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM
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Quoting _Kissy_:

Because kids are so use to the super sized portions. They have the option to take their lunch.
Our lunch menus gave also gotten smaller and healthier.
Their stomachs are stretched to the limit either.

Can kids buy more than one lunch at schools?  I don't know.

Some schools check out what kids bring in for lunch.  Lunch meal monitors have been known to deem the contents of a brown bag lunch unhealthly and have forced students to buy a school lunch.  I would really like to see a lunch meal monitor take away a line backers lunch. 

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM


Quoting Sisteract:

School lunches should be healthy and calorie appropriate, particularly when the district is making the menus and supplying the food.

Choices:

Starve.

Eat what is served to you.

Make your own lunch.

Take some responsibility for your own child and self (if age appropriate).



Can kids buy more than one lunch at schools?  I don't know.

Some schools check out what kids bring in for lunch.  Lunch meal monitors have been known to deem the contents of a brown bag lunch unhealthly and have forced students to buy a school lunch.  I would really like to see a lunch meal monitor take away a line backers lunch

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Sep. 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I have no experience or factual knowledge of any lunch monitor depriving a student of their unhealthy lunch or forcing payment for a school lunch.

Do you have a link for districts where that policy is in place?

Now that is over the top, if it's true.

Quoting rocketracer:


Quoting Sisteract:

School lunches should be healthy and calorie appropriate, particularly when the district is making the menus and supplying the food.

Choices:

Starve.

Eat what is served to you.

Make your own lunch.

Take some responsibility for your own child and self (if age appropriate).



Can kids buy more than one lunch at schools?  I don't know.

Some schools check out what kids bring in for lunch.  Lunch meal monitors have been known to deem the contents of a brown bag lunch unhealthly and have forced students to buy a school lunch.  I would really like to see a lunch meal monitor take away a line backers lunch


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Cafe Amanda
by Head Admin on Sep. 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM
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My son started kindergarten this year and he has raved about most of the lunches! I haven't seen one myself yet (am tempted to send him in with a camera one day for a sneak peek, ha) but the menu reflects the healthy changes and sounds good to me. He's got a huge appetite, and hasn't complained about paltry portions, either.

Some recent offerings (if they're legible):


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