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Hot lunches more expensive

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/education/20lunch.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

All for healthy lunches.
Not in favor of reduced fat milk.
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One thing I have notice since this whole get healthy campaign, or perhaps it has nothing to do with that and everything to do with cutting costs, is some foods are now saying less sugar, but they are using artificial sweeteners (poison). You have read read read all your foods now.
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$2.46 for a school lunch?  Not in this neighborhood, and not in the last 4 years for sure.  Man, if a school lunch was $2.46 here, my wife and I would be elated......
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How  much is school lunch there?
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Easily $4.50 -$5.00.  It is $30 a week to feed school lunches to our kids.  Granted, there are numerous healthy choices including salad, vegetables, fruits.... but everything is ala carte.  Even a hand full of salad is like $2-.  So by the time you grab an entree, a salad and a piece of fruit.... $5 bucks, baby!

Frequently the kids will pack a lunch.  Obviously it is more cost efficient and will probably become more common around our ranch if things keep going this way....
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1649704 tn?1402778437
    The cost of a meal for a student in public schools here is about the same as a 'happy meal' at McDonalds. I'm glad for the attempts of hard working cafeteria workers to offer healthy meals to our kids. But, so often, the students don't eat what they are served. Hmm. I remember 1st grade at Duncanville, TX (I'm 57 yo). Our lunches cost a quarter and we ate whatever they prepared for us and we were glad to get it. My wife, a special ed teacher, has a kitchen in her classroom. She and her aides often cook for themselves and their students as part of a social skills education mandate. The kids love the southern style cooking. It's strange that while public school funding has seen drastic cuts, the federal government continues to impose even more regulations on public education.
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Schools up this way have the same as you Brice....EXPENSIVE...
The kids with free lunch actually complain because they cant have all the choices..they get  milk, a sandwhich and fruit...(pretty good for free in my opinion)..the rest of us have to fork over the big bucks!
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Yes sir.  Back in my days of elementary school, a school lunch cost .50 cents, and as beau said... it was whatever was being served that day.  I pretty much always brought my lunch because my mother was trying to raise 2 kids on a teachers salary....

School lunch in those days either consisted of a hot entree or a sandwich (depending on the day of the week) fruit of some sort, and a milk.  That was it, and as beau said.... we were damn glad to have it too.

But, even with providing healthy choices.... you have to get teenagers to make those choices.  I know there are kids who won't eat lunch of if they bring a lunch to school, they just throw it away.  
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Maybe it's because I grew up in a pretty small town, but we didn't have school lunches.  We brownbagged until I was in 11th grade.  Moved to a larger city then, and we could buy lunches.

We had hot dog or pizza fridays.  $1 got you a hot dog, a piece of fruit and milk.  It was a huge treat.

I am completely pro only serving healthy options in schools. Also pro pulling out the pop machines.  I honestly can't understand why it's even an issue, but maybe I'm missing something.
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The only reason I dont like the RULES is because it affects the brown baggers too.
The  school here decided to enforce a no junk food campus...none..zip. This applied to brown baggers as well. No chocolate milk, no full fat milk, no fruit juice of any kind, no sugar of any type, no chips, no crackers, nothing they felt was unhealthy.
This meant, as a mother, they were telling me what I could or could not feed my child.
I know my kids eat healthy, so I dont need someone to tell me how to parent. I am mom, let me be mom. Look at what they are doing now....low fat milk for young children only at schools now. Why? Because so many kids are glued to televisions and computers, they are fat..soo that means the rest of the kids have to eat diet food. Not right.
Who gets to pick and chose what is healthy? The government? The school board? What about the movement out there trying to make vegans out of everyone? Who gets to say? Some people are anti-fruit juice or even fruit. Others anti anything with a calorie in it. Others anti-salt....seriously....let me decide to whats best for my child...
As to the healthy food...I can educate them on their idea of healthy. If you want healthy foods served at school, then NO MSG, NO Fake sugar poison, only grass fed and finished meat, only organic veggies grown without human waste...the list goes on...dont tell me how to eat right....that garbage they serve is nothing but food void of nutrients sprayed with chemical vitamins to try to fix whats wrong.. and those chemical vitamins are poison...
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377493 tn?1356502149
Completely understand and agree with you 100%.  I also wish to be the one to decide what my child eats.  So brown bag lunches should be brown bag lunches without interference.  
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Pertaining to food choices.  A couple of years back, there was a child in the school district here that had a severe allergy to peanuts.  No student, teacher, aide, administrator, or visitor could bring in even one peanut.  (One of the very few things my kid can tolerate???  Yup, peanut butter)  So for the convenience of one child, the entire elementary school was on "lock down" because of 1 child....

Personally, if my child were that allergic to anything, I'd take responsibility and not allow my kid into an atmosphere were a failure is almost a sure thing.  Take each child, now each parent, potentially grand parents, maybe aunts and uncles... now teachers, aides, the rest of the administration.... what are the chances that there will be a potential over sight, and is your childs life worth the risk?  Not mine.
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I am with you...if my child had a deadly allergy..wow...wouldnt trust anyone else to care for them.
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I didnt read the article but as someone who went and had lunch with my grandson at his school last week, oh man. I think that was the nastiest looking so called meal I ever laid eyes on! I wouldnt eat it! I felt so sorry for my little man but he thought it was great! Some nasty looking ham and it looked fake and the cheese looked like that stuff out of a jar and he had choco milk, reduced fat and an apple that wasnt any bigger than his little fist. It was pathetic! I think I would pack his lunch but his mom said its cheaper to buy it. Well no wonder! EW!
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Awe....yuck! I love that you take time with your grandkids though...
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