USA School lunches--maybe there is hope

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Yeti,

Hello,

I believe that if the children are going to benefit , why not ? FWIW , Martha Stewart has done alot of great things in her life, helping children is at the top in my books.

Mario Batali is doing the same, great examples-role models.
 
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What I like so much about it is that it is not only getting healthy food to the students, and food they like, but also teaching them about how food is much more than just something to fill you up 'til the next meal. Also, the kids taking part in preparing the food seem to love what they're doing and are being given an opportunity that maybe many pro chefs wish they had had in grade school. I wish I had had something like that.
 
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As some here suggested to me before, involving the kids in growing and preparing the food makes so much difference to them!
 
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I live about 45 miles or so from Fort Wayne, Indiana.  I saw this article ( http://www.fortwayne.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/JG/20100516/LOCAL/305169910 )  a few days ago about the school lunch issue.  What really jumped out at me was this bit:
Hagar does hear complaints that foods aren’t fresh enough, and the schools do what they can to address that. But they’re often thwarted by food-safety issues, which keep schools from bringing raw products such as meats and poultry into their kitchens, she said.
I can't understand how that is an issue.  With proper training and common sense, raw products are safe.  Our lunch ladies cooked more like how I cook at home when we were in school.  I don't see why they can't do it now.  The menus at my children's schools are not good.  At least once a month they serve a corndog, mashed potatoes with meat gravy, corn, and a fruit.  I might serve all of those foods at one time or another in my home but together?  No way!  That is only one example from a menu that has very few nutritious meals in a month's time.  The combinations are very strange.  I have no formal training in nutrition but I think I could come up with better balanced meals and on a budget.
 
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My Foster Child gets free school lunch, but the food sucks, so I make her lunch 90% of the time. When we first stared this, I told her I could make her lunch, but get the milk from school, because its already paid for. So she went to school and got her milk and they said it would be 50 cents, she told them she gets free lunch. They told her, she had to get the whole lunch in order to get the milk for free. I said OK, I will make your lunch, you can order you full lunch and bring it home, and have the milk. two weeks go by, this is working well, until the Teacher tells her she can't have two lunches at school, either eat the one from the cafe, or eat the one from home. I now pack her lunch, and give her juice, they wore me out.....Customer service at its best......................Chef Bill
 
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Chef Billy, I know what you mean.  The same rules apply in this state.  If you don't get the meal, you don't get the milk.  In kindergarten, the state had a program where every child got milk at the half day program.  It's funny how they think it is that important but will not let a child bring a healthier lunch from home and still get the milk.  Guess the workings of bureaucracy are not for me to understand.
 

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School budgets are razor thin. To actually cook in a school requires trained certified staff and equipment. That costs a lot. Better school lunches require a tax hike in most instances or much higher lunch costs. With the free lunch and  breakfast programs for those in need it's a tough financial rock they operate under. Can't say I'm happy with the lunches nor the alternatives the public schools have in general.

For my kids, the schools provide lunch menus a month in advance and we can sit down and plan out when they'll eat school lunch or when they'll take lunch. They've gotten pretty good at figuring this out and making their own balanced lunches when they want to take one.
 
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Ah, Billy. Don't you know the world's greatest lie?

I'm from the gubmint. I'm here to help you.
Just after the lunch thing, she was sitting with me while I was booking our flight to San Diego. I paid for the flight and started to reserve our seats, the list of seats had prices on them. I told her the Airlines charges you for the flight, and now they want to charge us to sit on the plane, like I have a choice to sit or stand. My little girl looked at me while I was explaining it and said, its kind of like the Milk thing, ha Papa. I said yes honey, its kind of like the milk thing............Chef Bill
 
 
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