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Depends on the school. Some won't allow the lunches in the cafeteria, but you aren't allowed to eat anywhere but the cafeteria, so back door to not allowing them. Others have lunch inspectors that dig through the lunches and decide if it's good enough or not. If it's not, then they aren't allowed to have their homemade lunch and must eat the school's lunch...and a bill is sent to the parents.
Glad you could get out. Some can't. If you haven't seen the meals now, let me assure you they are still appalling. In this district, you can't send a lunch because lunch inspectors paw through the food. If they don't think your lunch is good enough, you aren't allowed to eat it. I am not kidding here. I'm not talking about pixie sticks on bread, either, though since it's a free country that shouldn't be an issue. We're talking about whole wheat crackers, cheddar cheese, peanut butter, applesauce, and skim milk, at least that was one of the meals I was told wasn't good enough.
Wow, you're questioning this person's parenting. Do not pass judgement until you've seen how someone lives, how their child acts, and what the situation is. I'm very happy you have a perfect child and are the perfect parent. However, bashing someone for sneaking in veggies instead of letting their child go hungry for several meals is mean.
Private School...that's the key phrase. This is in public schools, and unless you've been to one in the past 3 months and taken a look at what's on their publicly funded plates, you can't pass judgement.
It does not say it here, but there are several other articles from various states which point this issue out. My family went through this, and I can tell you it does happen. I did send reasonable food; I'm very food health conscious, especially with my kids. However, the veggie soup, peanut butter wheat sandwich, apple juice, and 2 mini Tootsie Rolls was considered unhealthy.
Can't go off campus; it's not allowed. Can't bring your own lunch; food monitors paw through the contents and disallow most of it. The key phrase here is PUBLIC (tax payer funded). WE are the taxpayers. WE are supposed to be the bosses. WE are getting stepped on by our employees. We're not asking for chocolate syrup, nor are we asking for hummus. We're asking for reasonable food that our children will eat (baked chicken, salad bar, sub sandwiches) instead of dictating (like a parent) to eat what they don't like or go hungry. It's only logical to want our kids to eat decent food, just as it's logical that we don't want to see our money tossed into the trash day after day.
You have that much extra cash? Some people can't afford private schools. Some can't afford to stay home and homeschool their kids. But all of us have hunks of money taken from our household to pay for public schools, so yes, we all have the right to complain...especially when what they are feeding the kids do not reflect the needs of an average teenager. Look at the portion sizes, for heaven's sake. Teenage boys are avg. of 5.75 feet tall, avg. weight of 140 lbs. How would you feel if your employer demanded you eat no more than 850 calories for your lunch, and refused to allow you to bring your own food, including snacks? Instead, you had to eat at their cafeteria, and you'd better like it or starve.
This figuring is for an average teen boy, not an athletic one, so this isn't even taking into consideration boys who are in sports, in or out of school. Yes, it is up to parents to supplement, but how many parents really know how many calories their children are getting in their school lunches, and how many have the time to figure it out? Not expecting steaks for athletes (I'm not that unreasonable) but I do expect the serving sizes and nutrition level to reflect the needs of an average teenager.
I have to agree with you, unfortunately. But still, even with a moderately active boy (some walking, maybe some bike riding) this isn't enough. You have to wonder if they even consider the fact that most kids, at least where I live, have activities outside of school. Thinking that Johnny isn't active just because he doesn't participate in HS sports doesn't mean he isn't doing martial arts, gymnastics, swimming, etc. when he isn't in the hallowed halls of the system.
For those saying these kids are "fat and lazy" and the school lunches are plenty, consider this: I researched and created a menu based on what my teen eats using government standards. Teen Boys 14 to 18 require 2,200 - 3,200 calories per day, averaged to 2,700. Teen Girls 14 - 18 require 1,800 to 2,400 calories a day, averaged to 2,100. Menu results were: breakfast (2 eggs, 1 toast, banana, o.j.) 417 calories, lunch (chicken salad sandwich, chips, carrots, pineapple, milk) 885 calories (30 calories over allowance), snack (p.b. sandwich, milk) 326 calories, dinner (lean ham, potato, green beans, tea) 604 calories. Still missing 468 calories (equivalent to breakfast). Athletes would miss 968 calories.(lunch plus more). Think about it.
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