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    Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

    After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.


    Federal officials say they don't have exact numbers but have seen isolated reports of schools cutting ties with the $11 billion National School Lunch Program, which reimburses schools for meals served and gives them access to lower-priced food.


    "Some of the stuff we had to offer, they wouldn't eat," said Catlin, Ill., Superintendent Gary Lewis, whose district saw a 10 to 12 percent drop in lunch sales, translating to $30,000 lost under the program last year.


    "So you sit there and watch the kids, and you know they're hungry at the end of the day, and that led to some behavior and some lack of attentiveness."


    Some school districts quit healthier lunch program - SFGate
    KIDS ARE GOING HUNGRY and FOOD JUST GETS TRASHED. Isn't government wonderful?

    ROTFLOL... typical of government. They stick their nose in, waste taxpayer money, and Fail. In most cases they just pour in more money, but it's not so easy here... you can bring a kid to ObamaMeals but you can't force them to eat. No eat, no money, no profit.

    It's not so much what people eat that causes obesity, it's how much they eat.

    "A lot of kids were resorting to going over to the convenience store across the block from school and kids were buying junk food," the 17-year-old said. "It was kind of ironic that we're downsizing the amount of food to cut down on obesity but kids are going and getting junk food to fill that hunger."
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    Re: Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    KIDS ARE GOING HUNGRY and FOOD JUST GETS TRASHED. Isn't government wonderful?

    ROTFLOL... typical of government. They stick their nose in, waste taxpayer money, and Fail. In most cases they just pour in more money, but it's not so easy here... you can bring a kid to ObamaMeals but you can't force them to eat. No eat, no money, no profit.

    It's not so much what people eat that causes obesity, it's how much they eat.


    Doh Homer... no chit.
    I think it points to a very different issue: We're so jilted as a society that kids don't appreciate food when it's given. They assume it will always be there, and they're picky as hell. . . whereas other kids would give anything if they could have what our kids throw away.

    It peeves me to no end my kids just take their food for granted (and we pay full price for ours) and I can't police them during lunch to make sure they eat it all.

    We're a spoiled freaking country. . . filled with people who whine that "I don't like FRUIT" - nature's candy and they don't like it? Oh - but if they were Snicker's it would just be wrappers in the trash.

    Meanwhile - cost for meals in our district has gone up .20/meal - for the same stuff that they only eat half of.
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    Re: Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

    Glad to read that at least some schools are saying thanks but no thanks. However, there have been some incidences in schools where they have food police actually checking the lunches of packers and if they didn't find the lunch to meet their level of nutritional value, would then take the lunch from the child, make them eat in the cafeteria and then send a bill to the parent for the school lunch.

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    Re: Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    I think it points to a very different issue: We're so jilted as a society that kids don't appreciate food when it's given. They assume it will always be there, and they're picky as hell. . . whereas other kids would give anything if they could have what our kids throw away.

    It peeves me to no end my kids just take their food for granted (and we pay full price for ours) and I can't police them during lunch to make sure they eat it all.

    We're a spoiled freaking country. . . filled with people who whine that "I don't like FRUIT" - nature's candy and they don't like it? Oh - but if they were Snicker's it would just be wrappers in the trash.

    Meanwhile - cost for meals in our district has gone up .20/meal - for the same stuff that they only eat half of.

    This reminds me so much of my cat. My cat was a feral half grown kitten when I first encountered him. He was starving and scrawny as hell so I started coaxing him with dry cat food. He would scarf the stuff right up! One month I could not afford the extra expense of cat food so fed him our table scraps. Once he had a taste of our table scrapes he will no longer eat cat food and if no scraps are provided will go many days without eating simply because he refuses to touch the cat food that he would eat previously without hesitation.

    Back on topic - I really cannot judge the children completely without having tried what they are being offered. I know some foods if not prepared right are just awful! I have had a couple stints in jail in the past and the food was so bad I would go without eating for sometimes days at a time because I knew I would survive and could hold out till I could get home and have real food. It was just that bad. But part of me believes that badly prepared food probably isnt the only issue here. Children today are just spoiled with their hot pockets and sugary foods and trying to get some of them to eat the same foods we grew up on is near impossible.

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    Re: Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    I think it points to a very different issue: We're so jilted as a society that kids don't appreciate food when it's given. They assume it will always be there, and they're picky as hell. . . whereas other kids would give anything if they could have what our kids throw away.

    It peeves me to no end my kids just take their food for granted (and we pay full price for ours) and I can't police them during lunch to make sure they eat it all.

    We're a spoiled freaking country. . . filled with people who whine that "I don't like FRUIT" - nature's candy and they don't like it? Oh - but if they were Snicker's it would just be wrappers in the trash.

    Meanwhile - cost for meals in our district has gone up .20/meal - for the same stuff that they only eat half of.
    Oh yes... we are spoiled. We can have the best of the best, and service must be pronto. On the latter note I was in Cabo with a buddy doing some work, and we headed to the restaurant. Having spent decades of my life in Europe I was familiar with bad service, so we sat down and 3-min passed when he half screamed... where's the f-ing service. I laughed.

    Bottom line with the food is... it's not the business of the federal government to feed kids. If a school wants a canteen, fine... but it should be treated as a business without federal taxpayer money being poured into it. If a local district want to do it fine. If the parents don't like it, they can provide lunch for their kids.
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    Re: Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

    Yep It's not the schools fault that Big Food and uninvolved parents have ruined our children. It's a multi-layered problem.

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    Re: Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

    It gets better... ROTFLOL... and there is a solution... We can save $11 Billion by getting rid of vomit.
    Kentucky students to first lady Michelle Obama: Your food ‘tastes like vomit’

    “They say it tastes like vomit,” said Harlan County Public Schools board member Myra Mosley at a contentious board meeting last week, reports The Harlan Daily Enterprise.

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    Re: Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    It gets better... ROTFLOL... and there is a solution... We can save $11 Billion by getting rid of vomit.

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    Re: Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    KIDS ARE GOING HUNGRY and FOOD JUST GETS TRASHED. Isn't government wonderful?

    ROTFLOL... typical of government. They stick their nose in, waste taxpayer money, and Fail. In most cases they just pour in more money, but it's not so easy here... you can bring a kid to ObamaMeals but you can't force them to eat. No eat, no money, no profit.

    It's not so much what people eat that causes obesity, it's how much they eat.


    Doh Homer... no chit.
    Surely we can afford to hire six professional chefs to devise tasty and healthy alternatives to student favorites nationwide. I just think it's ludicrous. Making healthy food for kids isn't rocket science. But it does take cooking knowledge. Schools apparently have no respect for the job of Head Chef in their kitchens. I'm sure they don't even call them chefs.

    With the new insurgence of interest in cooking, there are plenty of trained chefs out there looking for jobs. But school districts don't hire them. They hire some jamoke who cooks in her kitchen, throw a menu at her and set her loose.

    Healthy meatloaf...healthy fish tacos...healthy mac & cheese...healthy stews...healthy mashed potatoes and low-fat gravy...it's not rocket science.
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    Re: Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

    Back in the day, when we weren't slogging to and from school in the snow uphill both ways, we ate all the crap food and weren't as obese. Then again, we still had things like recess and gym class where we went and did physical activity, too. The food quality is important, but it's more than only the food.
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