School lunches

Michelle - posted on 02/15/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have seen an surge in articles about schools that decide whether what you pack for your kids lunch is nutritious enough and force them to eat school lunch if it doesn't meet their standards (and oh yeah charge you for it). I read an article where one lady didn't even know it was going on until she got the past due notice for the lunches. Should some person from the school be a ble to judge whether your lunch is nutritious or not? I know at my old job we would run school programs in the summer at schools that didn't serve lunch over the summer. We had to tell parents what they were required to pack in their kids lunches. I hated it and didn't think it was right, but it was what we had to do to run our summer programs. I personally would have a huge issue because my son is having food issues right now. He will only eat certain things and he would just not eat at all if that happened to him. He's only 4 so I haven't had to deal with that in school yet. What do you think?

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September - posted on 02/16/2012

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Jennifer your child's school does not allow children to bring salads for lunch? Now that's just odd! The lunch items that you mention sounds incredibility unhealthy. A salad would be much healthier.

September - posted on 02/16/2012

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I do think that eating healthy foods is important; however I don't think it's the school's place to get involved. I'd be ok with someone from the school sending home healthy food suggestions or ideas for healthy lunches but being forced into packing what they want me to pack, I would not be ok with that.

Amy - posted on 02/16/2012

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My son also has food issues so this could potentially be a huge problem for us next year if they decide to police him! In all honesty they'll need to have someone police that he's actually eating what is packed because meal time at home consists of "take a bite", over and over and over again! I would say 50% of the time he comes home with his snack uneaten now and when you ask him he says he didn't have time to eat.



My son will eat ham but not on a sandwich, I'm not really sure how I would get the grains in his lunch. He's not a big meat eater, and typically I don't offer fruit at a meal because he would eat that and then be done. My son likes treats but only is offered them at home, and only gets carbs like pasta until he's eaten most of his meat and veggies. He always has a healthy snack packed for school that's a fruit or veggie because that's what was required in preschool so we just carried that over to kindergarten and we have the best luck with those!



If the school wants to take away my sons lunch and offer something else they're going to have to force him to eat it! There are nights at home where we have to battle with him, if he were at a healthy weight it wouldn't be an issue but at 6 he's only 37 lbs I'm concerned although his doctor isn't because he keeps growing height wise.

Jennifer - posted on 02/16/2012

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We haven't had the lunch box police-yet. The kids are not allowed to bring pop, and no one is suppose to bring in 'fast-food'. Not even subway, or salads. It really get's to me, cause I've seen them serve hot dogs wrapped in white bread, little smokies, and what they call 'garfield sandwiches' those sandwiches are staff made bread, rolled out and have a few pepperonis and and a sprinlke of cheese on them. If a kid happens to get an end peice, they may have half a pepperoni and a teaspoon of cheese on a burnt peice of crust that is too hard to chew!! Our middle school serves such little portions that a 2 year old would starve! Then they wonder why every kid hits the vending machine for cheetos!!



The kids are watched like hawks, never allowed to run, playing and climbing is frowned upon. The swings have monitors, and if the kids pump their legs to go higher, they are told to stop. At the middle school they are not suppose to do anything but stand and quietly talk, and that is their recess! I can't help but think, if they let them move, they could let them eat!!

Corinne - posted on 02/16/2012

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Oh, we have the lunch box police here too, I hate it. It bugs the hell outta my because I've been pulled up for putting a choc chip cereal bar in there and other parents are getting away with putting chocolate bars in. Never had them force a school dinner on us though.

One of the other Mums at our school is up in arms cause they allowed her already overweight son to have chicken nuggets and chips 5 days on the trot last term, and they have the nerve to pull a perfectly healthy packed lunch apart. GRRRrrrrrr ;)

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