School lunches?

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Registered: 10-28-2005
School lunches?
Tue, 04-12-2011 - 7:44am

Do your boys buy their lunches or pack them? It looks like if you're in the Chicago area, you might have to start buying them! I'm thinking that the packed lunches usually do not include a Coke but maybe I'm wrong? I find it hard to believe that the school lunch is always healthier than a packed lunch. What they include in the picture doesn't even look that healthy to me!

Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 04-12-2011 - 8:01am
I would have a big problem with this! Cooper brings his lunch from home most days and Jacob is about 50/50. Honestly, what they get from home is much more nutritious than the fried and fatty stuff the school serves. I always shake my head when I read the lunch menu. For example, yesterday was sloppy joes and french fries. While that is good and fine every now and again, it is the type of food they serve almost daily (today's lunch is cheesy nachos). Also, my boys have never taken a soda to school with their lunch. When they do take their lunch, they still purchase milk from the cafeteria. While I understand that the school is trying to get kids to eat healthier, I also think that they need to step back and let parents be parents and make these types of decisions without it being forced upon them. :)

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Registered: 03-24-2005
Tue, 04-12-2011 - 11:59am

Oh, that would really tick me off!

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Tue, 04-12-2011 - 11:22pm
This story really makes me mad! It's not up to the school to decide what my kids will eat for lunch. I have picky boys, and I'd much rather they eat a full meal they bring from home with stuff I know they'll eat, rather than go with an empty stomach. Whatever happened to the fact that students do better at school when they aren't hungry? Their cavalier attitude of "if they don't like it, they can go hungry" statement just gets me hot! It's also insane to expect parents to fork over the $2.25 per day cost, that would be $9 for me every day, $45 a week.


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Registered: 02-22-2004
Wed, 04-13-2011 - 12:59pm
I am all for healthier, more nutritious school lunches served in an appealing manner rather than the nasty stuff they serve now. BUT don't even think about telling me I can't pack my own child's lunch! I AM THE PARENT! Do I mind the nutritional education programs? Of course not. Do I mind them taking soda and candy/snack vending machines out of school? No not really. But don't tell me I can't pack a lunch that is just as if not more nutritious than a school lunch PLUS making it fit my child's taste preferences and overall nutritional needs. I think this is going to be just one more issue they will go totally overboard on and have it end up with way more cons than pros. **stepping off my soapbox**

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