1. Follow the DIS on Instagram! www.instagram.com/the.dis

Are America's children hungry or obese?

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by Randi, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Randi

    Randi <font color=purple>Don't you dare dangle my meat i

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2000
    Messages:
    584
    This is getting ridiculous the way the government is stepping in. School lunches now have to have smaller portions for everybody. For some kids I'm sure that is their main food for the entire day. What are they supposed to do?

    The area I live in had an article in the paper that 70% of the children enrolled in the area schools qualify for a free or reduced price meal. So the head of the lunch program came up with an idea. Since all lunches must include a piece of fruit and quite a few kids were throwing it away, she started a return bin that they could put the fruit in so others could take it if they wanted. Any left over, was collected, washed and made available free for snacks in the afternoon breaks. Sounds like a win-win situation, since snacks have to be paid for as they are not substidised. Well one day after the article appeared, another edict came from the fed gov. This is not allowed as the law states that food cannot be recycled once it has gone on a tray.

    So now all the fruit has to be destroyed & kids without the money to pay for a snack can go without. At least they won't become obese...:confused3
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. themilesfamily

    themilesfamily <font color=green>Wanna potty with Spongebob Squar

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    Messages:
    2,607
    I don't know how to comment on this without violating the DISboard rule about no political discussions.

    So I'll just say UGH. ;)
     
  4. low-key

    low-key DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2011
    Messages:
    6,306
    Im both
     
  5. Planogirl

    Planogirl I feel the nerd in me stirring

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2000
    Messages:
    42,799
    I understand that the city of New York has banned food donations to certain charities since they can't monitor the salt and fat and other levels of the donated food. I'm not trying to be political but this is ridiculous. I guess that it's better for someone to be hungry than to get a bit too much salt.
     
  6. Wishing on a star

    Wishing on a star DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2002
    Messages:
    14,590
    RE: Hungry - or - Obese
    I just wanted to say that being poor or needy does not mean that one is not obese....

    Quite the opposite.

    The poor often eat lower quality foods, a much higher percentage of carbs, etc.
    High quality fresh and nutritious foods can be very expensive!

    And, like everyone else...
    OMG, just no-comment about the school lunch programs, etc...
     
  7. nchulka

    nchulka <font color=purple>it was funny when the creepy gu

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,307
    At my kids school only the entree starts out on the tray when the child picks it up. Then there is an area with all the sides including several kinds of fruits and veggies. The kids can take whatever they want. That way kids who want several fruits can take them and kids who would just end up chucking the banana don't waste it :thumbsup2
     
  8. cornflake

    cornflake DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2011
    Messages:
    6,655
    Just FYI, no one has or really can ban donations to charities and that's not what really happened even excepting the charity part.

    The City has had a rule about non-packaged food not being allowed to be accepted for donation by City-run homeless shelters, for a whole host of reasons including food safety, unknown ingredients, nutrition, etc. They do accept donation of packaged, labelled food.

    Private shelters, charities, churches, etc., can accept whatever they choose.

    This has been a rule for a while but it only got press during the aftermath of Sandy, when a lot of people tried to donate stuff and got turned away by the City's Department of Homeless Services, which makes and enforces these rules for City shelters.
     
  9. leighe

    leighe <font color=teal>Are we there yet?<br><font color=

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2003
    Messages:
    2,541
    Just curious, Cornflake, but you do realize there are other cities on Earth other than NYC? I was worried maybe you didn't since you always type the City like its the only one.

    Meh, I dunno, just an observation...
     
  10. cornflake

    cornflake DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2011
    Messages:
    6,655
    When referring to New York City, I capitalize City, as it's a proper noun (name of a person, place, etc.).
     
  11. leighe

    leighe <font color=teal>Are we there yet?<br><font color=

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2003
    Messages:
    2,541
    Ah. Thanks for the grammar tip. I grew up in the backwoods where people drive cars and camp and don't go out for sushi alone at 2am until they are at least 18 or 19. Thank goodness for the enlightening power of the Dis. :wave2:
     
  12. denisenh

    denisenh <font color=deeppink>All I can do is lie down<br><

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2000
    Messages:
    4,032
    i have a hungry daughter who is also on the thin side. i am grateful that we do not qualify for free or reduced lunch (about 3/4 of the sudents at her high school do) but she is often hungry even after having a school lunch.
    she takes a couple of snacks and a beverage for herself or to offer to any other hungry kid.

    (it sure is interesting to see how folks in charge improve on our lives, isn't it? just amazing)
     
  13. tweety38

    tweety38 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2003
    Messages:
    200
    At my son's school they increased the price of lunch but reduced how much they get. He gets out at 1:30 and by 1:40 has his head in the fridge. He is 6 foot 6 inches and is a stick. It's too bad when well meaning people feel they know what is best for everyone.
     
  14. kacaju

    kacaju DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2007
    Messages:
    3,778
    We are 3 months into the new school lunches. I am a lunch lady and I will say I have seen some positive changes. I had to increase the amount of cucumbers in my salad bar. I have some kids who are really piling them on..I tell them as long as they are eating them that is OK. We also try to keep the small bags of carrots in the salad bar for them to take.
    We have smaller apples..but I think the kids like the smaller ones better, they seem to be taking them much more then when we had the bigger ones.
    they go to the salad bar first...then to their entree..by the time they reach my register if there are no fruits or veggies on the tray then they have to take the canned fruit that i keep by my register.
    So they have had the chance to take fresh...they dont..then they take canned. At least I dont feel as bad about them throwing away that if they refuse to eat it.

    I do have some kids who ask if they can have 2 of the cupped fruit and again the answer is if you are going to eat it then yes.

    I still have kids who try to get away without taking the fruits or veggies and I am sad to say many of them are the free or reduced kids.
    I do not know how much of the fruits or veggies end up inthe garbage, I do have a few who will take a cup of fruit only to leave it on the table when they grab a napkin.

    As I have said before in these type threads, I can force your kid to take the food..I cannot force them to eat it.
     
  15. donaldlovesdaisy

    donaldlovesdaisy DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 14, 2012
    Messages:
    1,012

    :lmao::lmao:
    You probably also shop at "evil Wal-Mart".:eek:
     
  16. Bonniec

    Bonniec DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    2,777
    This is how it is at my kid's school too. He usually brings his lunch though so it doesn't matter to us too much. What amazes me is that there is only one other kid in his class that brings lunch (1st rgade).


    What makes me sad, is that in Brevard county, the kids get free breakfast because they may not get one otherwise.
     
  17. The Mystery Machine

    The Mystery Machine Sunrise at my house. :+)

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2001
    Messages:
    44,244
    As a former lunchroom worker, the staff knew this was in violation of the "laws". So, I take umbrage in the fact that they are riling people up for this.:rolleyes2
     
  18. akhenaten

    akhenaten <font color=green>Lucky for husband, the neighbors

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2005
    Messages:
    5,781
    Can't comment about the 'federal' law but I can tell you that in NJ that was a law/rule over 15 years ago...
     
  19. luvmy3

    luvmy3 <font color=green>When I drink I find its easier t

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2008
    Messages:
    20,052
    Why can't they just not put it on the tray in the first place and just ask the kids if they want the fruit/veggie?
    FWIW, I think the law about not being able to recycle foods that have been on other's tray has been around for awhile. My kid's schools was never allowed to do it.
     
  20. akhenaten

    akhenaten <font color=green>Lucky for husband, the neighbors

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2005
    Messages:
    5,781
    Can't he buy 2 lunches....that is what my dh dd when we were in hs. Over 30 years ago. :confused3. And I am sure he ate as soon as he got home too.... It's called teenage growing boys...
     
  21. akhenaten

    akhenaten <font color=green>Lucky for husband, the neighbors

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2005
    Messages:
    5,781
    Yes the rule is not new.......people just like to complain and the 24hour news stations need fill....
     

Share This Page