Originally posted by LadyGreenEyes
For someone else that asked, a lot of schools do NOT allow 'brown bag" lunches any longer, or arbitrarily decide that the food the parents chose
isn't good enough. The schools controlling ght food is just another control method. "Do things our way, and eat what we say you will eat, or
starve." seems to be the rule these days. We MUST get the government out of the schools.
Recently I read where a teacher had confiscated a little girl's lunch because she deemed it to not be healthy enough, and replaced it with something
less nutritious from the cafeteria. FOOD POLICE?? WTH is going on in the schools these days? It's a damn good thing my kids are all grown!
Yes, get government the hell out of our lives and schools! For the record, I grew up fairly poor in a large family and never really knew what a
cafeteria lunch was until high school, when I got 50-cents to buy soup and a sandwich. Prior to that (junior high), we brown bagged it with nothing
more than a soggy pb&j or baloney sandwich, with a nickel to buy a carton of milk... no chips, cookies, etc. Once a month I got 10-cents to buy an ice
cream sandwich or creamcicle (anyone remember those?) on Friday, the only day ice cream was served.
Yes, if I forgot to bring my lunch, I did without. A few times a teacher offered to loan me money to buy something,
but knowing I couldn't pay it back, had to politely refuse the benevolent offer.
But as I view the current topic of "pay up or dump it," I have to agree with those who said an alternative should have been offered. Unless they
were chronic offenders, in which case the parent(s) are to blame and should have been notified.
Once, I forgot to give my son lunch money.....he went hungry, which was unfortunate because my job hours meant he didn't eat supper until 6-hours
later. I always supplied snacks for his after school hours at the babysitter's, but she often fed them to her kids, and not mine! Which I wasn't
aware of, for a long time.
The Attleboro school lunch prices that Wrabbit linked to were shocking.
But then again, I get sticker shock every time I got to the grocery store
nowadays! Ground beef last week: $3.49 lb for 80/ 20 and $6.49 a lb for 90/10 ground beef?? Whew....no wonder the schools serve soy and pink slime!
Now, for the hardcore bleeding hearts, here's a real case of inhumani
ty (cough, cough).....
Inmates’ relatives and legal advocates in Texas said the elimination of milk in cartons and weekend lunches was an unnecessarily harsh cutback
that had a negative effect on prison life. In August, 19 inmates at the Hutchins State Jail near Dallas, one of the 36 prisons that reduced weekend
meals, signed a petition and sent it to the Texas affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, calling the food cutbacks a violation of the
The weekend meal reduction appears to be out of step with the standards adopted by the American Correctional Association. In adult prisons, the
association recommends serving three meals per day. Variations are allowed based on weekend and holiday food-service demands as long as the meals meet
basic nutritional goals, but the standards do not state that the variations can be done every weekend or as a cost-cutting measure.
Source for quotes, with more to read HERE
Prisoners’ rights advocates said that serving inmates fewer than three meals a day falls into a legal gray zone based on various cases around
the country.In Texas, a state law requires inmates to be fed “three times in any 24-hour period,” but the law applies only to county inmates
and not to state prisoners.