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Old 12-05-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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Wasting food at school~vent

I don't know if this is everywhere or just in our school district but children that qualify for free or reduced lunch program must get the entire lunch if they want a free milk. Because of this, the kids that bring their lunch but want milk either have to pay for the milk or take the entire lunch. Most of the kids end up throwing the food right in the trash and just keeping the milk.

It just seems so wrong. Why not just give them the milk for free and stop wasting so much food?
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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I don't know if this is everywhere or just in our school district but children that qualify for free or reduced lunch program must get the entire lunch if they want a free milk. Because of this, the kids that bring their lunch but want milk either have to pay for the milk or take the entire lunch. Most of the kids end up throwing the food right in the trash and just keeping the milk.

It just seems so wrong. Why not just give them the milk for free and stop wasting so much food?
Because it is easy to waste tax payer money and then claim that there isn't enough to pay for what is needed.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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Because it is easy to waste tax payer money and then claim that there isn't enough to pay for what is needed.
Except in this case, they say only about half the kids eligible for the program are taking the lunches....so apparently there is a big pool of unspent money.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:14 PM   #4
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I don't know if this is everywhere or just in our school district but children that qualify for free or reduced lunch program must get the entire lunch if they want a free milk. Because of this, the kids that bring their lunch but want milk either have to pay for the milk or take the entire lunch. Most of the kids end up throwing the food right in the trash and just keeping the milk.

It just seems so wrong. Why not just give them the milk for free and stop wasting so much food?
I hear a lot of our school kids are throwing out their lunches, too. Our schools used to have decent tasting food according to the kids and a salad bar. They had hot food line and sandwich line and a salad bar you could use. The kids say they won't eat multi grain buns and sweet potato fries so they throw it away and drink their tea. The hot line is not as good since they are "healthier" meals and the salad line no longer has as many options and dressings.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:27 PM   #5
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I just look at what our cafeteria serves and shake my head. There is no actual cooking going on. Everything is prepackaged and warmed in convection ovens. It reminds me of rest area vending machine food. No wonder the kids don't want it.

Every now and then i take a chance of school lunch. I bring my lunch almost every day, but some days, like today, I buy the lunch. Here was our menu: Fish sticks, mac & cheese OR bean & cheese quesadilla, with collard greens, raw carrots, and mixed fruit OR a fresh banana. Okay, I can make a meal outta that, right? WRONG. The quesadilla tasted weird and the tortilla had the consistency of a leather belt, without the taste. The collards were horrible--seasoned only with vinigar-y pepper sauce. The raw carrots were decent, but warm. The banana had been packaged wih the quesadilla and it was actually HOT. Ick. I threw away the whole thing and found myself a pack of cheese crackers. T

he poor kids in our school don't have much other choice. They're all on free lunch because the low economic status of their parents. I"m sure if the parents could send something else, they would. It makes me sick to see how much food is wasted, but it wouldn't BE WASTED if the food was actually tasty!
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:32 PM   #6
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The OP sounds like a different issue than kids throwing away food because it doesn't taste good. This is about kids who bring in a lunch from home, and because they are on the free lunch program they want their free milk. Unfortunately that means they have to take an entire lunch to get it, which apparently means they throw the food away and just drink the milk and eat the lunch they brought from home.

OP, if I'm mistaken, please let me know.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:39 PM   #7
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But they might eat the free lunch and not bring their own lunch if it actually tasted good.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:44 PM   #8
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I remember when I was a kid, everyone wanted "school lunch" and those of us that could not afford it had to bring our own. Times have changed. I do also remember that school lunch often had mushy tatter tots and soggy elios pizzas. Not sure why I wanted it so bad. I think it was just because the kids with more money got to order it. Now of course I appreciate that my mom made us a healthy lunch and snack everyday, but as a kid I would have killed for some pringles. I didn't know what they were, but I knew I had never seen them at home.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:44 PM   #9
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But they might eat the free lunch and not bring their own lunch if it actually tasted good.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:39 PM   #10
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The OP sounds like a different issue than kids throwing away food because it doesn't taste good. This is about kids who bring in a lunch from home, and because they are on the free lunch program they want their free milk. Unfortunately that means they have to take an entire lunch to get it, which apparently means they throw the food away and just drink the milk and eat the lunch they brought from home.

OP, if I'm mistaken, please let me know.
This is what the OP is referring to. This is the same in Orange County, FL elementary schools.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:16 PM   #11
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The OP sounds like a different issue than kids throwing away food because it doesn't taste good. This is about kids who bring in a lunch from home, and because they are on the free lunch program they want their free milk. Unfortunately that means they have to take an entire lunch to get it, which apparently means they throw the food away and just drink the milk and eat the lunch they brought from home.

OP, if I'm mistaken, please let me know.


That's exactly what I was talking about.

The food here is actually pretty good. The reason that a lot of kids bring lunch instead is because the lines are so long they don't have much time to eat. It's sad when a Kdg students says that he won't buy lunch because he doesn't want to miss recess because he's still eating.

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Let the school (or the PTO) organize a "sharing" plan. "Free lunch" child gets his free lunch. "Regular lunch" child buys a milk (and only a milk). When they get to the table, "Free lunch" kid gives his food to "regular lunch" kid.

Yes, the "wrong" child is getting the free lunch. But isn't that better than throwing food away?

Great idea but I'm sure it wouldn't be allowed. There's a "no sharing" policy because of allergies/diet restrictions. Besides that, I'm sure that the government entity that this falls under would say it's not allowed.

The thing that struck me odd was that milk is 60 cents for a small carton and I can buy a gallon at Aldi for $1.80.

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:46 PM   #12
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This is because of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act that is federal law regarding the school lunch program. The kids MUST take the required elements of the meal. If they want milk they have to have the lunch. If they want lunch they have to take the milk. These are the same laws that have now made the food "healthy" so now the kids just throw most of it away and eat junk food. Also the same laws that are restricting calories which has caused many students-- especially in the upper grades-- to complain that they are hungry.

Local districts have no control over this. They are required to follow the law.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:40 PM   #13
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Something is wrong with the system. If the kids are bringing their own lunch from home, they should not be eligible for the free lunch program. It should be for kids who truly do not have anything to eat if they don't get the school lunches.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:56 PM   #14
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This is absolutely crazy to me.

I grew up in a tiny town - but growing up, we had cooks in our schools. They actually cooked real food for us.

I looked forward to our food!!!! I remember one of our lunch lady's made these AMAZING yeast rolls. OMG!


There was only one meal I didn't look forward to: SLOPPY JOE DAY!

That came out of a can. I think the kids were about to riot on sloppy joe day. We were used to serious home cooking / soul food.

Our school lunch (elementary) was soooo yummy. It varied by school and by the lunch ladies working at the school.

It was seriously homemade. I actually kind of miss it...

OMG now I'm having withdrawls... I'm having childhood nostalgia now.... *tears*

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:40 PM   #15
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We don't have those programs in any of the schools in Australia that I'm aware of. A long time ago, probably in the '70s, they used to have a free milk program but that's long gone.

Is it an issue you can raise with your school board or whoever is in charge of the program in your area? Perhaps it's something that should be brought to people's attention via the media.

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