Wasting food at school~vent

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  1. Mickey'snewestfan

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    I wonder, how many of the people who are upset that children are made to take a whole meal are the same ones saying "I'm not a short order cook, my kids eat what I serve".

    When my child was younger, and to some degree now, I decided what was for dinner, I put it on a plate in front of him, and he chose how much of it to eat. He didn't get to choose to have something else though, or to have me leave the fruit or veggies off the plate. He didn't get to have a fit and demand refined grains or just milk for dinner.

    It doesn't bother me that the schools are doing the same thing now.
     
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  3. Kathi OD

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    This is exactly the problem. Students used to be able to take just the part of the meal that they wanted, regardless of whether they were on the free/reduced lunch program or not. At our school, they would even let these students have double helpings if they wanted it. Not any more. They can only take the meal as offered...no changes at all. It's unbelievable how much food is now being thrown away as a result of the federal government trying to dictate what children eat (whether paid or not).

    If I were a conspiracy theorist, I'd be thinking that this was the first step in the federal government trying to abolish the free lunch program.
     
  4. Kathi OD

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    But...say your child decided to have 2 servings of pasta and no meatballs? Would that be acceptable? In my house it would be. I'm not making an entirely different meal, my child is just choosing what part of the meal to eat, without taking the entire meal. That's no longer allowed with the new federal regulations.
     
  5. Mickey'snewestfan

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    My child could choose what part to eat, but he couldn't choose not to have it on his plate, and he couldn't necessarily get extra of the parts he liked best if he chose not to eat some other part.

    Honestly, there are foods that I put on my kids plate 20 times before they made it into his mouth. I don't consider those 20 times "wasted" I considered it "learning". Our school district has always done pre plated (well trayed, if that's a word) meals in elementary school, with no choices. They did it when I attended and they do it now. And the kids become familiar with the choices and they eat them, not in a week or weeks but over the course of months or years. This year, with fresh produce, is actually the first year our kids have had any choice, the entrees are plated, and then we tell them they can choose 1 piece of fruit (usually there are 2 or 3 types to choose from) and at least one serving of one vegetable.
     
  6. KristaTX

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    I see two differences in your home situation and the school situation:

    1) Some of the kids ARE given other stuff by their parents to eat, and in the situation where all the kid wants is the milk but has to take the whole plate of food anyway, the food goes to waste but the kid doesn't go hungry. The kid learns no lesson other than that it's okay to throw away food and to sort of cheat the system (which has been rigged to be cheated on). I'm not saying that most kids cheat, or choose to. But the system seems to have some flawed logic.

    2) You pay for your own kids' food, whether it goes wasted or not. It's your family, your money, and your choice. The taxpayers are paying for all or part of this wasted food.

    Obviously, I want poor hungry kids to be fed. But I hate to see the lack of common sense here when the government is scrounging around for money.

    What I'm wondering is if they still take a "lunch count" in schools. If so, doesn't the cafeteria only make enough food for the kids who say they are going to eat a school lunch that day? If that's the case, then how is there extra food for the kids who brought their lunch and who said so in the lunch count? Or maybe they've just learned to work the system (through no fault of their own) and say they are eating the cafeteria lunch during the lunch count, but really they brought their lunch and already know they are just going to drink the milk and throw the rest away.
     
  7. ctinct

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    Nope, this is not allowed. No sharing. Even if it were, it would be a logistical nightmare.

    In addition, no one is supposed to know who is free, reduced, or full pay lunch.

    That's why the kids in our school have id numbers that they punch after they pick up their lunch. Of course, it's a bit ridiculous because anyone who glances at the monitor after the number gets put in can see if the kid is reduced or whatever. Their picture and status comes up for the cashier to see.

    To the person who asked if free lunch students also get free breakfast, the answer is no, at least in the middle school I work at. Far fewer kids get breakfast in the morning, and they are constantly reminded that breakfast is a privilege, not a right. They can get their breakfast revoked if they misbehave. Breakfast is not even served on early dismissal days. And even if you are eligible, if your bus arrives after the close of breakfast, you are out of luck. Perhaps it is different in elementary schools.

    And it is sickening how much food is wasted. Every day I see kids go through the line, both at breakfast and lunch, and throw the entire thing away before they even sit down. At breakfast, I think it is because they want to socialize, and you have to go through the line to be admitted to breakfast. At lunch, though, everyone is brought down to the cafeteria, and you don't have to go through the lunch line at all if you don't want to. I just don't get why kids get the lunch, then throw it out. Every day, all the time.

    And, the OP is correct about how free lunch kids need to get the full lunch even if they only want milk. To those who wonder why the kids don't just eat the lunch----some of them won't because they don't like what is being served. I work with special ed kids, and one brings cereal every day because mom knows he won't eat the lunch. Every day he gets a lunch, uses the milk, and throws the rest out. It's not his fault the rules are cuckoo.
     
  8. a1tinkfans

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    Sorry, but I just had to laugh (not at you or even your idea) just that your common sense approach is what is needed is our schools and now that I think of it, I should have posted "crying" ...since its all such a sad state of affairs. What waste $$$and the food! So, we give free lunch (at everyones expense) thats being thrown away so kids can get milk...its a crazy waste of money...
    The OP's post does not surprise me at all...I went to the dietician at our school (and I was on the school board mind you, tho she appeared to not know) I asked about why we had no water available to the kids....juices were available, those energy drinks and even soda (after school hours)in the vending machines.
    I was told twice that WATER was not a choice because it has No nutritional value ...
    Uh, Id rather my child drink water than the sugar, chemical, preservative garbage in the other drinks offered. Needless to say, we sent a water bottle each day...wont even talk about the recycle issues..
     
  9. Pigeon

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    A major difference is that I cook tasty meals. I also cook one dinner with no alternatives. But having experienced school lunches, I'd be right there at the trash can along with the kids. That stuff is nasty.
     
  10. spacemountainmom

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    I have worked at an elementary and a middle school. I now work at a high school. The amount of waste is astronomical. In our district, the free lunch kids also get free breakfast. They are required to take everything offered, but most kids eat one thing and throw the rest. The cafeteria staff starting telling kids to put anything they didn't want on a table. It is then free to grab for anyone at that point. Pretty much everything on the table is picked up and eaten by someone.

    We even have staff members grab cereal packages to keep on hand for hungry students. I'm just glad to see that it cuts down on the waste.
     
  11. mhsjax

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    And if you cook something that your kids don't like, you can save it for the next day as left overs. The schools are having to throw it out, I don't see how anyone could be ok with this. And yep, that stuff is nasty, it isn't something that is good for kids, it is disguised as healthy, but it is CRAP.
     
  12. tasha99

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    That's not at all the same thing, though. They need to let the free lunch kids choose "milk only" if they brought lunch from home. It makes no sense to force a kid to throw away food just for some milk.
     
  13. mhsjax

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    So you are ok with the tax payers money being literally thrown away. If you put food on your child's plate and he doesn't eat it , you can then put it in the fridge for later, the schools have to throw it away, if you are ok with your money being literally thrown in the trash, that is your problem. I don't want my tax money wasted. I am all for giving kids food that can't afford it, but this is crazy and an incredible waste of money.
     
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    :thumbsup2 This.
     
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    Middle school lunchlady here. I have not had a free or reduced kid ask me for just milk...but thinking about it....I could not give them just the milk...it would have to be the whole lunch. I have no way on my computer to show they just got free milk.
    Truthfully it come down to numbers and I could not show just a milk..it HAS to be a full lunch.
     
  16. The Mystery Machine

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    How about the children just buy a milk?

    Put the blame where it belongs.
     
  17. luvmy3

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    Its an assistance program, not a feed the hungry program.

    This is not the issue the OP is talking about.

    My kids are still allowed to choose what they want. I wasn't sure but December's menu came home with it all outlined. Just like before the new regulations a lunch consisted of X amount of components and a child had to take them for it to be considered a lunch. They could just take a few, but would be charged al a carte for those items. Now they have to take 3 out of the 5, and one must be a fruit or veggie, however if they don't want a fruit or veggie they can take whatever they want and be charged al a carte for those items.
     
  18. luvmy3

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    I definitely agree with this, but that doesn't mean the program isn't a failure (when it comes to food waste).
     
  19. The Mystery Machine

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    As a former lunch lady, food waste is everyday whether it is eaten or not. You cannot avoid it.

    The food would have been thrown away anyway.

    Forcing the full meal is important even though it does not seem that way.
     
  20. tajz90

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    I live in TX and our school system requires the same, but it also requires a child to take a milk even if the student doesn't want it. It appealed me to see the kids throw the unopened milk in the garbage can. I spoke with the principal and he doesn't like the practice, but has no choice. Rules are rules.

    One of the students have suggested a table be set up in cafeteria for milk that no one wants allowing a child that wants milk to go and get it off the table. The Cafeteria Ladies could throw them away at end of lunch since they aren't allowed to take the, back.
     
  21. luvmy3

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    As a parent I know all about food waste too :laughing:

    How is forcing the full meal important when the child is bringing their own from home?
    Now, I understand that in that bag there may just be candy and doritos, but that is a parent's choice, so if that kid wants a "free" milk to go with the lunch the program should be designed so that he can get his milk for free without having to take everything else and throw it out. :confused3
     

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