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School Bans Packed Lunches For Kids

Would You Support a Ban on Packed School Lunches?

Paging Jamie Oliver, stat! Considering the reputation of cafeteria food in school lunchrooms, it's no surprise that many tots opt for a packed lunch, over the version made on site. As we learned during the first season of the chef's Food Revolution, kids don't necessarily take to fresh, healthy meals when they're used to offerings that include candy colored milk, pizza, and chicken nuggets.

In Chicago, some schools have engaged in their own Food Revolution, banning packed lunches (except when a child has allergies or dietary restrictions) and requiring tots to eat the $2.25 a day lunch the school provides. Explaining her reasoning for making the decision, one principal said, "It's about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke." Despite the principals' best intentions, the schools are seeing similar reactions to what Jamie Oliver saw in West Virginia last year (and maybe the same one he'll see in Los Angeles when Season 2 begins tonight) – many kids are throwing their school-made food away and going home hungry. Would you support a similar program at your lil ones' school?

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Jodie-White Jodie-White 5 years
I agree with several points that were made here: 1) schools should not mandate we must pay for whatever they give; 2) parents might be stretched too thin financially; 3) parents often offer healthier foods than schools; and 4) most kids have in mind exactly what they are -- and are not -- willing to eat. Would schools prefer the child not eat, because they cannot afford, or are not willing, to eat what the school is offering?
Jodie-White Jodie-White 5 years
Schools are trying way too hard to take away parental rights to their children, which is why some parents have chosen to home school! Since not everybody has that luxury, it's important that we stick up for each other and not allow this! Okay, yes, if somebody is bringing nothing but junk to school, then I'm okay with them limiting the types of foods to healthy. But come on! I'd rather my kid eat something healthy from home, like turkey on whole wheat, than not eat at all, because my daughter doesn't like the school's hamburgers! Besides which, sometimes I can feed my daughter very healthy lunches cheaper than the $11/week the school charges. And since we're both disabled (yet make 'too much' for help!), money is a huge component -- but NEVER to the point I'd feed my kid junk!
mzcks mzcks 5 years
So a school has the right to tell a parent how to feed their child and can take away that right.. No Way!
amber512 amber512 5 years
That is absolutely insane.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 5 years
I think this is extremely ridiculous. It is not the government's place to say what parents are allowed to feed their children. I think the emphasis should be on education regarding healthy eating, not mandating what is appropriate to eat.
nkatz1 nkatz1 5 years
This is ridiculous! Have you seen the junk they serve in schools? The lunches I pack are far healthier than anything they'd find there.
Noetje Noetje 5 years
I would support it, depending on the lunches at school. They would need to be healthy.
Livvy-P Livvy-P 5 years
That is ridiculous! I can make my child's lunch every day, thank you very much. I would refuse to pay. One of my children has food allergies, and the other does not. Would I have to pay for my son, but not my daughter? How the school district force you to do this? What if you do not want to cough up $11.25 per child per week! What if you can't afford that?
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