(Closed) Schools mandating what children eat

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

How in the world are chicken nuggets more nutritious than a turkey and cheese sandwich? I would also be ticked off if I was this mom.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

That is absolutely ridiculous! How is that healthier?

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I heard it on the news but I dont fully understand it. It would be different if they replaced her soda with milk or replace candy with fruit, but to add chicken nuggets to her turkey and cheese sandwich is just weird. They need to give a better explanation otherwise I would be upset if this was my child

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Another reason my child will be going to private school… what is this world coming to?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I saw this a few days ago! Processed chicken nuggets are disgusting and I would be livid if this happened to my child! I see nothing wrong with the lunch that was packed by the parent. If schools are going to regulate lunches at least make sure you are replacing it with something healthier! 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

The state guidelines require that one serving of meat, one serving of grains, one serving of dairy, and two servings of fruits or vegetables are provided with each meal.

So what are the kids who have a dairy allergy or have meat intolerances supposed to eat?  There are reasons why and alternatives is included in the Canadian Food Guide.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Uhm sorry but some children cannot eat what OTHERS can. I am a type 1 diabetic & if someone tried to FORCE me to eat something they would regret it!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I used to work in a daycare and if a child came with a packed lunch, we had to serve them the same food as the school lunch, but they got to eat all of their packed lunch as well if they wanted to.  We never took any food away from kids.  I always thought that set a poor example to the kids of how much is appropriate to eat, and didn’t seem to respect the parents’ wishes in sending what they wanted their child to eat, but that was the law.

I understand that laws like this are in place to protect the kids whose parents don’t (or can’t) care about their health, but at the same time, the child is the parents’ responsibility.  I am a teacher, not a parent, and each family has to make their own food choices, IMO.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

That is ridiculous, but there are instances where I’m all in favour of the government mandating nutritional standards in schools

Was Jamie’s Food Revolution shown in the USA and Canada? I was horrified by what was served at school dinners. There was a previous series called “Jamie’s School Dinners” set in the UK where they investigated English school nutrition (Scotland had already instituted much higher minimum standards for school meals).

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Talk radio has been going nuts with this for the past few days, the story is crazy! And from what I’m hearing not all that uncommon. I love how they sent her a bill after too. I understand doing that if a kid shows up, with ring dings and ho-ho’s everyday, but this lunch i would bet is healthier than the school lunch. If I was this parent I would be livid too. The mom said she didn’t send a veggie b/c her daughter won’t eat them unless pretty much forced, so she gives her more veggies at home in the evening where she can watch her. I guess the school said the student should have had milk instead of apple juice, I say unless its Mountain Dew let the kid have her juice. I can understand supplementing when needed, say the hurried mom forgot to include something, so you the the kid an additional healthy something, but this is crazy! I think it sets a bad example for the child. I don’t understand where common sense has gone these days!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

This coming in a country where ketchup is considered a vegetable??!!!   This is ridiculous.  There is a great blog out there about how bad school lunches are.  I think it’s called the school lunch project. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@AB Bride:  In my experiences, children with food allergies are always, always accomodated.  I had a little boy who was lactose intolerant, and he would get lactose free milk, juice, or water.  We had another little girl who was allergic to peas, so she got an alternate vegetable on the days we had peas.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m just going to say that this story has been blown a little out of proportion in the media.  From what I understand is that b/c the lunch did not contain veggies or milk (even though there’s cheese on the sandwich), that they gave the child a tray of food.  They did not take away the packed lunch.  Now I disagree with how they determine what a kid should eat and that the child instead of eating the turkey and cheese sandwich, ate the nasty chicken nuggets.

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