School lunches still have a long way to go

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Registered: 07-25-2007
School lunches still have a long way to go
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Sun, 03-11-2012 - 6:15pm

http://usat.ly/x3TurZ

Very disappointing that schools are

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 12:27pm

Here's the email I received back from the person who coordinates lunch at our school... {whew!}

Dear Mrs. Brown

Thank you for your concern!

We have two companies we purchase our beef from,

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Thu, 03-15-2012 - 1:32pm
I heard an announcement is coming out today that the USDA will allow schools to choose if they purchase this "meat."

Will any of you be calling your schools to see if they'll be using this? (I know some of you home school, so it's not really applicable.) I just sent an email to our principal.
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Registered: 11-18-2008
Tue, 03-13-2012 - 1:45pm
Theresa, You should stop by the Living Simple & Green board. I was just posting there about DH's corn allergy and our diet change. I'd love your input!

http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Living-Simple-Green/ct-p/iv-prgreenfam
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Registered: 01-05-2005
Tue, 03-13-2012 - 10:24am

Yuck!!

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Registered: 01-21-2011
Mon, 03-12-2012 - 9:49pm

I'm lucky in some regards because my kids will only eat lunches from home. I have some of the world's pickiest eaters, but it does cut down on the pink slime consumption at least!

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Registered: 03-12-2012
Mon, 03-12-2012 - 9:46pm

When I went to high school in southern Louisiana, once a week we had red beans & rice with Jiffy cornbread. The BEANS and whatever bacon fat made it into the pot were all the meat we got that day. Kids gave me their cornbread because they didn't like it, but it was great for mopping up the juice from the beans.
My dad broke our habit of taking lunch to school when he gave us peanut butter & liverwurst sandwiches with mustard, one hot muggy day.

We had mystery meat so many times growing up that I've become soy intolerant. Eat one pecan-smoked sausage from Walmart and I'm belching all night even with simethicone gelcaps and still feel bloated by morning. Pink slime is better by far, even though the dye is the only reason it isn't a pale grayish tan. It's the same filler used in the tubes of hamburger meat everyone seems to buy. I'll never be rich enough to buy the choice cuts of any animal, especially with the size of my appetite.

What really gets to me is that schools now order pizzas from national chains and then sell half slices [1/16 of a large pie] to the students once a week here in central TX, and consider that responsible nutrition care. Baked chicken, cooked veggies, a decent stew or broccoli with cheese, whole fried catfish, or even red beans & rice with sausage and a side of cooked greens would be infinitely preferable to fast food delivered to lazy school kitchen cooks and then sold for the profit. What does that teach our next generation other than to be reckless consumers?

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Registered: 08-31-2009
Mon, 03-12-2012 - 4:03pm

This is not the board for debating food lifestyle choices.




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Registered: 10-17-2011
Mon, 03-12-2012 - 2:53pm

People should stop eating meat and go vegetarian. Open your eyes and stop buying intot the lies of "you need meat to be healthy"

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Mon, 03-12-2012 - 1:58pm
Yuck! I was reading that about the "pink slime" over the weekend. It's just disgusting. What kind of message are we sending to our kids by telling them that we're going to be feeding them something so gross that fast food restaurants wouldn't even buy it? We have got to get our priorities straight in this country when it comes to food.

My guilty pleasure is allowing my kids to get school lunch. My 4 year old actually prefers a home-packed lunch, but the older two like school lunch. I assume because they can get chocolate milk. I've looked the other way on that for a long time, even though I think that they should only offer white milk at school.

I just don't think I can let them get school lunch any more. It's a lot more convenient for all of us, but the health issues are too great to ignore anymore.
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Registered: 10-08-2004
Sun, 03-11-2012 - 7:40pm
yes, I saw this. ewwwww....is the word that came to mind. This week Nathaniel had to buy lunch; we had been very busy all week and I had not had the chance to make it to the store on shopping day. My cupboards were pretty much bare. That day he said he ate 4 chicken nuggets and 3 servings of mashed potatoes. I asked him what about fruit? He said they didn't have any. I asked him what about veggies? He said the peas were so nasty and mushy I didn't eat them. I went to the store that day and the next day for lunch he had tomatoes w/ kosher salt, a turkey bacon sandwich, strawberries, baked lays and an Honest Kids apple water. I felt so bad for him having to eat that school lunch :(

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