Some Schools Quit Healthier Lunch Program

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Some Schools Quit Healthier Lunch Program
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Wed, 08-28-2013 - 11:55am

Do your kids take lunch or buy it from school.  Have they made any changes since school have implemented the healthier choices? 

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...

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/some-schools-quitting-healthier-lunch-programs-8C11015077

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Wed, 08-28-2013 - 2:23pm

My kids do both; take their lunch and eat at school.  Riley is very picky and doesn't like many foods.  

I saw this on my news this morning, and I have to say, I'm not surprised.  

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 08-28-2013 - 3:42pm
I am glad they are making the effort to be making school lunches healthier in general, especially at the elementary school where eating habits are still forming. But it definitely starts at home the majority of the time. We pack the 1st grader's lunch 90% of the time. About one day a week she buys lunch. They also have breakfast in the classroom at school which consists of mostly whole wheat based muffins, waffles, banana bread, etc.
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Registered: 10-19-1999
Thu, 08-29-2013 - 4:15am

I help out at lunch at school and you would not believe the amount of food that is thrown away every day. Both from buyers and kids who take their lunch. This last year kids had to take I think it was at least a 1/2 a cup of fruit and or veggies.They always had 2 or 3 types of whole fruit, canned fruit and mostly raw veggies and salad. They could have as much fruit and veggies that they wanted. The main dish was the only thing that you just got one serving of. The little kids would take a piece of fruit and some veggies or salad and eat at least some of it. The older kids would take the fruit because they had to and then throw it away as soon as they got to the lunch area. The bigger kids would say they were still hungry but would not make a big salad or eat any fruit. They just wanted to fill up on the main dish. I think as the little kids get older they will continue to take the fruits and veggies and really eat it because that is what they will be used to. It may take a few years but hopefully a lot less uneaten food will be thrown away. 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 08-29-2013 - 9:25am
That's interesting to hear! My 1st grader actually brings home all her uneaten food, which I like because then I can gauge what to pack the next day for her. We've gotten into the habit at home that we don't keep too many snacks in the house, but if the girls want to snack between meals we point them to the fruit bowl. This habit has made it really easy for us, they automatically go to the fruit bowl if they are hungry. And we try and make homemade snacks and meals together at home so they are more inclined to eat what they had a hand in making. With my oldest one that's going off to college, I didn't do much of that at all and she definitely does not eat as well as they do. But I have at least taught her to only pack what she'll eat in her lunch if she makes it at home, and she buys ala carte at school so she's only eating what she pays for.
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Sat, 08-31-2013 - 11:41am

We bring lunch. Mostly because I have a picky eater. He bought lunch in kindergarten and maybe half of the time it was something he would eat and that was before they banned all sweets and junk. Course they also police to some extent what we send them with. More so with snack it gets harder to oversee lunch as they get older (in younger grades a teacher or assistant sits with them in case kids need help) but now in 5th grade we have recess which is typically when snack was after lunch so they have eliminated snack.

As for throwing away food for WEEKS I was packing a pudding in his lunch. It didn't come I assumed he ate it until finally he said mom no more pudding and I found out he had been tossing it.

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Registered: 10-19-1999
Mon, 09-09-2013 - 2:32am

That is what I tell the kindergarteners when I see them throwing away an unopened item from their lunch.When I tell them to take it home they will say but I don't like it. I tell them if you always throw it away whoever packs your lunch will think you like it and keep sending it. By taking it home you can let them know you don't like it. I'm not sure they understand but I try. I wish parents would tell their child that it is ok to bring home unopened food. Maybe that way less would be thrown away.