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School Lunch Dilemma

junbug178 2,711 158 February 25, 2013 at 01:14 PM in Grocery
It seems my daughter doesn't eat or partially eats her lunch at school. From what I'm understanding from what she says she is not allowed to get an extra helping of salad or fruit but is force to buy either chips, cookies, or other junk food.

This doesn't make any sense to me. Before I rip the lunch lady/person a new asshole I wanted to share this issue with Lounge.

Am I wrong to be this upset? I feel like since we pay $2 per lunch she should be able to skip the pizza and get an extra helping of fruit or salad instead of forcing them to buy junk food.

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It's a little upsetting that she not allowed to buy another portion of salad and has to be junk food if she's hungry.
Quite honestly, why are you even surprised? I'd expect nothing less from a public school.

Do you have to buy the $2/day lunch plan?
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Quite honestly, why are you even surprised? I'd expect nothing less from a public school.

Do you have to buy the $2/day lunch plan?
You have to buy the lunch combo if you want lunch even if you only want a salad or fruit. This is only my assumption as I'm only going buy what my daughter tells me. I'm going to find out for sure tomorrow when I speak to the principal.
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OP,
As some have already mentioned, why don't you just have your daughter bring her own lunch to school. Then, she can eat whatever she likes! So simple, huh?

As far as being able to pick and choose what your daughter wants in the "hot food" school lunch, I kind of have to side with the school cafeteria worker on this one. The school's menu is set. Food supplies ordering is based on the lunch portion. Sure, you can say that it's just one child. But, what if a bunch of parents want to change up the lunch portion? I think it'll screw up the kitchen.

This isn't a fancy restaurant or BK where you can "get it your way". It's a school cafeteria. If a child wants X lunch entree, then he/she gets X sides with it. As a parent, if you don't like it because your child ends up throwing away the entree and eats only the sides, then have your child bring his/her own lunch. That's what EVERYONE else does!

But, to think that the school has to bend over backwards and change it up just your daughter's lunch is a bit unreasonable.laugh out loud

By the way, I believe part of the issue is the government's nutritional requirements for school lunches. Each lunch has to be healthy and balanced. Thus, they can't disregard the school district's (or state's) policies and make an exception for a child where that child is getting just a lunch with fruit and salad. If they allow it for one child and other parents find out, they'll all want to make special requests--i.e. my child can only eat chicken, my child only likes pasta, my child likes his sandwiches precut into little finger sandwiches, my child likes to only eat vietnamese pho for lunch!
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I found the school's lunch menu.

https://www.pcsb.org/images/stori...entary.pdf

It seems according to the pdf they should be allowed to get as much fruit and vegetables as they want.
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I found the school's lunch menu.

https://www.pcsb.org/images/stori...entary.pdf

It seems according to the pdf they should be allowed to get as much fruit and vegetables as they want.
Sure, but it doesn't say that the child can just not take the main lunch entree and get more servings of the fruit and veggies.

Also, the way I interpret it, it states that a child can choose whatever combination of fruits and vegetables they want. It does NOT say it's a buffet and they can eat "as much" fruits and vegetables as they want.
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Quote from junbug178 View Post :
I found the school's lunch menu.

https://www.pcsb.org/images/stori...entary.pdf

It seems according to the pdf they should be allowed to get as much fruit and vegetables as they want.
Uh-oh! Daughter's busted! laugh out loud

What type of school district names itself after a baseball player, anyway? look around

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What grade is your daughter in? I know in public schools in IL, grade schools have a very set lunch while junior high and high school have a few different lines plus an a la cart. I remember from my high school that there was an a la cart with snacks and things like pizza stix for lunch and then there was a pizza/entree line, a taco line and a "make your own" sandwhich kinda line. I think there should be plenty to choose from...and I know that once you went through the regular lunch lines, they kinda shut down after a bit but the a la cart always stayed open...so maybe when she's going back...that's what she's going to.
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Sure, but it doesn't say that the child can just not take the main lunch entree and get more servings of the fruit and veggies.

But she can get as much fruit and vegetables as she wants if she takes the stuff she isn't going to eat.

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Uh-oh! Daughter's busted! laugh out loud

What type of school district names itself after a baseball player, anyway? look around

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I'm thinking she wasn't busted for fibbing but more she was ignorant about the rules.
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Sure, but it doesn't say that the child can just not take the main lunch entree and get more servings of the fruit and veggies.

Also, the way I interpret it, it states that a child can choose whatever combination of fruits and vegetables they want. It does NOT say it's a buffet and they can eat "as much" fruits and vegetables as they want.
DAILY LUNCH CHOICES
Choose 1: Entrée
May Choose: 1 Milk
Must choose at least 1: Fruit or Vegetable (may choose as many different fruits & veggies as student would like)
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Sure, but it doesn't say that the child can just not take the main lunch entree and get more servings of the fruit and veggies.

Also, the way I interpret it, it states that a child can choose whatever combination of fruits and vegetables they want. It does NOT say it's a buffet and they can eat "as much" fruits and vegetables as they want.
I see what you mean but they usually have several different options of fruits and vegetables. Plus I'm not asking for buffet at $2. I'm asking if she wants an extra salad let her pay for it instead of getting junk food. We all know why they're pushing the junk food it's a bigger profit margin than the fruits and veggies.

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What grade is your daughter in? I know in public schools in IL, grade schools have a very set lunch while junior high and high school have a few different lines plus an a la cart. I remember from my high school that there was an a la cart with snacks and things like pizza stix for lunch and then there was a pizza/entree line, a taco line and a "make your own" sandwhich kinda line. I think there should be plenty to choose from...and I know that once you went through the regular lunch lines, they kinda shut down after a bit but the a la cart always stayed open...so maybe when she's going back...that's what she's going to.
She's in 4th grade.
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You have to buy the lunch combo if you want lunch even if you only want a salad or fruit. This is only my assumption as I'm only going buy what my daughter tells me. I'm going to find out for sure tomorrow when I speak to the principal.
They do this to assure the pig farmer has a good mix to throw in his trough every week. LMAO

Someone just wrote "government lunch" and "nutritious and healthy" in the same sentence. My head just essploaded.

*edit* Just saw the menu pdf. Mac n cheese, pizza, nuggets. Totally essential grub for the developing youth. Have to admit, not much has changed in 30 years as i remember eating the same crap back in the day.
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The eff is Potato Turbate? Sounds like something a terrorist would eat.
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The school is resposible for putting the regulated food groups on her plate -she gets to decide whether to eat them or not. If she was served only veggies and fruit, someone could sue that there was no protein in her lunch. The regs STINK and are high in fat/salt, but the school needs to follow them, PACK HER LUNCH!!! My kids know school food is crap but I let them eat at the caf 1 day/week and they make FAIRLY good choices that day (I know because I volunteer 1x/week and get to spy on them on my way out)
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Quote from junbug178 View Post :
I see what you mean but they usually have several different options of fruits and vegetables. Plus I'm not asking for buffet at $2. I'm asking if she wants an extra salad let her pay for it instead of getting junk food. We all know why they're pushing the junk food it's a bigger profit margin than the fruits and veggies.
Is your daughter trying to avoid the hot lunch and select extra fruit / veggies instead or is your daughter wanting extra fruit/veggies in addition to getting one full lunch?
The school may have a problem with students tossing the hot entree and simply wanting to eat extra fruit instead. They may have a policy of you need to eat one full lunch, incl entree, and if you are still hungry, then go for extra fruit/ veggies.
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The eff is Potato Turbate? Sounds like something a terrorist would eat.
Back in my day, we called it taterbatin'
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