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School lunches - losing money again

Original post made by Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 16, 2008

It seems that less kids eating school lunches makes more debt, according to today's Weekly. The different methods brought in this school year plus the increase in prices has not helped the program come out even. The fact that the kids don't like the supposedly healthier lunches may have something to do with this.

I visited England during Spring Break and read an article in the local newspaper about school lunches in the local schools. It seems that the lunches kids brought from home were much less healthier than the school lunches and there was a move to get kids to eat the more healthier school lunches. One of the things they were doing has not been tried here.

Since it was Easter, they had arranged the last day of school before Easter as an Easter party and the school lunch was themed for the holiday. As part of the school lunch, the parents provided party games and events to make the lunch time a real party and the lunch food followed the theme with eggs and hard boiled eggs as part of the fare. I know that we can't do an Easter party here, but we could incorporate the idea of the themed parties we do at Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc. as part of the lunch program rather than as an extra.

Trying to get more kids to eat healthy should be our goal. When we see kids arriving at school with a six pack of twinkies for lunch, we should be able to show them that a school lunch can be healthier. When we see kids arriving at school with a healthy salad and wholewheat roll, we should make sure that our school lunches are equally healthy and attractive to all our kids.

Losing money on our school lunch program is a waste we shouldn't tolerate. Kids' eating unhealthy lunches should be something we should also eliminate.

Using the lunch program as a method of having a school party is a great idea if it can be worked through. Do we have any other ideas?

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 17, 2008 at 8:29 am

Part of the problem is simply taste. There are only one or two times a month when there is an item on the menu my son wants and he is a very healthy, non-picky eater. He says most of the food just tastes bad...

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:21 am

Shut down food service and allow licensed roach coaches on campus.

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Posted by julie
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:24 am

It should be the parents choice about what their children eat, we do not want to fall into the UK trap of the 'nanny state' as Thatcher called it

Heaven forbid!

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2008 at 11:23 am

I tend to disagree about letting parents choose what their kids eat at school. While it sounds good in theory that everyone should eat their own choice, in practice what one child eats at one table affects everyone else at the table. If my child is not happy with the lunch I provide because it doesn't have the same junk as jack and jill who he eats with, then he becomes a picky eater, throwing away what I provide and sharing jack's chips and jill's cookies which they have in abundance. Then he comes home upset with me and feels hard done by.

If we can ban peanuts, why shouldn't we ban cookies and salty snacks? Oh, that would make us the nanny state. How silly of me. I will just tell my child to eat his vegetables like a good boy and don't complain that everyone else gets treated better.

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Posted by julie
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2008 at 11:37 am


I feel you have a more fundamental problem with your son and that you need to assert you parental authority more effectively.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Ah, yes. Parental authority.

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Posted by mike w b
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 17, 2008 at 4:28 pm


you forget we are not allowed to talk about Christian Holy Days like Easter in PA schools, might offend someones sensitivities

after all only 85% of the population is Christian

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