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

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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.

by on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Replies (51-60):
buttersworth
by Bronze Member on Sep. 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM

chances are that sugar free stuff is loaded with aspartame, and it is NOT healthy

what is unhealthy about real sugar? just not too much. sugar comes from a plant. aspartame is made n a lab.

kids don't need lowfat and fat free unless they are overweight already

fat is good for developing brains, and kids are more active than adults so they need it

it takes calories to grow

studies have shown that milk fat actually helps you metabolize other calories

compare the nutritional information on the package of a bag of potato chips vs. that of any brand of cracker

chips are potatoes, which are a vegetable - crackers are made from processed flour - is same goes for fries

chips are actually full of more vitamins than crackers - way more

i would not personally categorize chips and fries as veggies, but they aren't ThAT bad to eat - especially if you're a kid with no likely cholesterol prob.

i don't lke school lunches because they aren't balanced, and they are all processed food.

 

Quoting PrincessMarinra:

Fine. Don't like it? Move to Spokane WA where I am. The lunches here are crap!

Chocolate milk is offered.

French fries are considered a vegatable. Yeah it is a veggie, thats been FRIED in OIL and laden with salt.

There ARE healthy alternatives but u know none of the kids pick it. They have a salad bar or a nonfat yogurt with fruit bowl and veggie sticks with fatfree dip.

But 99.9% of the kids who get the school lunches pick chocolate milk, and the hot crap.

Like tacos with cheese and lettuce, or sloppy joes on a white bun, or cheese or pepperoni pizza slices, WITH FRIES!

This is why I send my kids WITH LUNCH from HOME.

My kids get whole grain bread with jenni-o turkey and low fat cheese and sugar free pudding cups and fresh raw broccoli and veggie/fruit mixed juice, and some grapes.

Or whole wheat crackers, with cut up turkey ham and low fat cheese cut into squares, etc.

 


PrincessMarina
by on Sep. 26, 2012 at 12:51 AM

If you and all the other parents were doing their "job" effectively, the childhood obesity rate wouldn't be so damned high in this country!!!!

Do you know what happens when you get a "job" and fail to do it well?

You get FIRED.

If you don't like the newer healthier food that will keep your from getting childhood diabetes,

SAID THE HO-HOS, DING DONGS, RING DINGS, HERSHEY BARS, CHOCOLATE MILK, and GREASY FRENCH FRIES AND PIZZA SLICES FROM HOME!

No one is FORCING you to buy your kids school lunch, and no one is FORCING you to get FREE LUNCH if you qualify for it. Get a second job if that is the case, and buy your kids their damned TWINKIES! K?

Quoting buttersworth:

yeah, we should tackle him for that !

first off, it's MY job as a parent to ensure my children are healthy - not the govt

second, obama is not a nutritionist, he's a SMOKING, lying politician

third, the GMOs, growth hormones and antibiotics in our foods are making kids over weight if anything

this whole childhood obesity thing is a scam

 

Quoting PrincessMarina:

Oh and btw lets attack Obama for... OMG.... For.....

TRYING TO TACKLE CHILDHOOD OBESITY AND MAKE OUR KIDS HEALTHIER AND LIVE LONGER!

HOW FRIGGIN DARE THEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eye rolling

 


PrincessMarina
by on Sep. 26, 2012 at 12:53 AM

First off I buy things with TRUVIA or I make my own from home with TRUVIA, no aspartame. Secondly, with a child with autism, one with ADHD and ODD, and one with hypoglycemia, my kids have special diets.

Quoting buttersworth:

chances are that sugar free stuff is loaded with aspartame, and it is NOT healthy

what is unhealthy about real sugar? just not too much. sugar comes from a plant. aspartame is made n a lab.

kids don't need lowfat and fat free unless they are overweight already

fat is good for developing brains, and kids are more active than adults so they need it

it takes calories to grow

studies have shown that milk fat actually helps you metabolize other calories

compare the nutritional information on the package of a bag of potato chips vs. that of any brand of cracker

chips are potatoes, which are a vegetable - crackers are made from processed flour - is same goes for fries

chips are actually full of more vitamins than crackers - way more

i would not personally categorize chips and fries as veggies, but they aren't ThAT bad to eat - especially if you're a kid with no likely cholesterol prob.

i don't lke school lunches because they aren't balanced, and they are all processed food.

 

Quoting PrincessMarinra:

Fine. Don't like it? Move to Spokane WA where I am. The lunches here are crap!

Chocolate milk is offered.

French fries are considered a vegatable. Yeah it is a veggie, thats been FRIED in OIL and laden with salt.

There ARE healthy alternatives but u know none of the kids pick it. They have a salad bar or a nonfat yogurt with fruit bowl and veggie sticks with fatfree dip.

But 99.9% of the kids who get the school lunches pick chocolate milk, and the hot crap.

Like tacos with cheese and lettuce, or sloppy joes on a white bun, or cheese or pepperoni pizza slices, WITH FRIES!

This is why I send my kids WITH LUNCH from HOME.

My kids get whole grain bread with jenni-o turkey and low fat cheese and sugar free pudding cups and fresh raw broccoli and veggie/fruit mixed juice, and some grapes.

Or whole wheat crackers, with cut up turkey ham and low fat cheese cut into squares, etc.

 

 


tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Sep. 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM
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Good lord lets calm down..it will be ok ..really

MamaKarrot
by on Sep. 26, 2012 at 12:59 AM

My son hasn't complained about the veggies or smaller portions.  He comes home telling me he is eating veggie subs and fruit from the salad bar. :)  We eat extremely healthy at home though and I frequently stress making good choices and having treats in moderation.

Black bean salad and hummus sounds fantastic and is plenty for little tummies.  These are probably also kids who are used to eating the extremely inflated portions of food Americans eat now.  Even a happy meal today is the size of a full size adult meal 50 years ago.  It's no wonder kids aren't used to this change.

tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Sep. 26, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Meh happy meals are the same size as when I was a little kid back in the 70's 80's.The only time any of the meals are bigger is when one gets the 'up size.' Personally I don't need all that much to fill my belly.

 

Alynn74
by on Sep. 26, 2012 at 1:03 AM

 The only thing my daughter complains about is that there never seems to be any left when she gets through the line. She's an 8th grader and they eat last. The kids from the previous lunch times are allowed to go back through the lines and seconds as long as they pay cash for it! So maybe instead of worrying about portion size-they should stop letting kids go back for seconds!

buttersworth
by Bronze Member on Sep. 26, 2012 at 1:03 AM
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Because of a company called Monsanto

Quoting tnmomofive:

Emm hmm it surely plays a part.Hell when I was a kid I ate alot of the same junk kids today do (except mcdonalds wwas a rare thing) and I was thin.I walked everywhere and remained active but still ate like hell OFTEN but never got fat.I drank sodas and koolaid..ate doritoes and pizza.Why is it that I often ate the same foods that are helping make kids fat today but I was never fat?
Most of my friends growing up were the same way.

Quoting buttersworth:

yeah, we should tackle him for that !

first off, it's MY job as a parent to ensure my children are healthy - not the govt

second, obama is not a nutritionist, he's a SMOKING, lying politician

third, the GMOs, growth hormones and antibiotics in our foods are making kids over weight if anything

this whole childhood obesity thing is a scam

 

Quoting PrincessMarina:

Oh and btw lets attack Obama for... OMG.... For.....

TRYING TO TACKLE CHILDHOOD OBESITY AND MAKE OUR KIDS HEALTHIER AND LIVE LONGER!

HOW FRIGGIN DARE THEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eye rolling

 

 


Fields456
by Bronze Member on Sep. 26, 2012 at 1:06 AM
My dd only buys lunch sometimes but no complaints from her but when I send her lunch it mainly consists of fruits B veggies per her request
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by on Sep. 26, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Wow, I would be pissed! I would love to see what they say about my DD's lunches! I can't get her to eat healthy, I have tried and tried and gave up, I just give her what I know she will eat and not WASTE/throw in the trash. Her lunch is usually something like PB&J, juice, choc. chip granola bar, pudding cup or kids yogurt cup. Unless they want to provide my DD with a FREE meal than they can deal with what I pack and PAY FOR. Wow, I hope your son/daughter gave the school hell for that, I would have!

Quoting jcribb16:

This was recently done to my granddaughter, age 7.  The lunch monitor didn't like what she had in her lunch box, took it, gave her a school lunch, and had them send a request for payment home to her parents.  She had a sandwich, baked chips, fruit, fruit roll-up, and juice in her lunch box.  

Quoting Sisteract:

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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