Saturday, December 1, 2012

WDT: The Ripple Effect of New School Lunches

   The City School District will no longer provide school lunches for the City's Catholic Schools.
    My first response to reading that is I didn't know they did. I guess it's because lunches have been part of an entitlement provided through the USDA.
    Now, because of declining student interest in what the school district is serving under new student lunch guidelines, Superintendent Terry Fralick is pulling the plug on packaging up lunches to send to two parochial schools.
     The Catholic schools don't have kitchens ready to pick up the slack, so brown bagging will be the order of the day, I presume.
      Actually this whole thing about healthier lunches has other spinoffs.
      I was over at the Wise distributor the other day picking up some chips (bars have no food guidelines....yet)  and they were telling me how their business with schools has changed dramatically, with some products banned entirely.
       Lunch is also more than just ingestion of food. It is a social break in the day. A chance to talk about this teacher or that class...a chance to flirt with the pretty girl in pigtails with the new tattoo....a chance for bullies to bully....or to plan what you are doing when school lets out.
       Nutrionally, lunch could be replaced with an energy bar, but the ripple effect of new food standards is sweeping indeed.  When the issue was raised in the recent Congressional race, there was really little debate on the far ranging effects of all this.

Watertown Daily Times | Watertown City School District to cut IHC lunches

6 comments:

RonS said...

The government has no business regulating a students lunch menu. The foods a child eats is the responsibility of the parents through their parenting skills. If a child doesn't like the government regulated serving, it gets thrown away or given to the overweight kid who is happy to get it, defeating the obese child issues! The government needs to stay in Washington D.C. and out of the school kitchens!

Anonymous said...

YES, THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A FREE LUNCH, AND IT IS GIVEN OUT IN SCHOOLS. THE LAW STATES IT IS TO BE A HEALTHY A "CLASS A" LUNCH.

THE TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR IT, IT SHOULD BE HEALTHY SO WE DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR HEALTH PROBLEMS LATER ON BECAUSE THEY ARE OVERWEIGHT.

IF THEY DON'T LIKE THE FREE FOOD THAT IS GOOD FOR THEM, LET THEM BUY THEIR OWN DAMN JUNK FOOD.

BESIDES THE ELECTION IS OVER, AND THIS WHOLE THING BEGAN AS AN ANTI-MICHELLE OBAMA ARGUMENT ANYWAY.

Anonymous said...

11:04 As much as you think these things are smear campaigns you are misguided. These are legitimate issues that pols have gone wacky trying to bolster there image and running over the rights of people. Government should do no harm to the people and the current status quo is no good for the people regardless of party.

Dan Francis said...

I posted this at the main WDT site - here FYI:

"Ah ha, a case of “separation of church and state” I guess. I see, I see.

"Seriously, I kinda of understand the rationale being applied to solve this problem (if it’s really a problem to feed city school kids). But look, we are talking about meals for kids in school – and I guess they IHC kids pay for the meals unless otherwise they are eligible for a free or reduced lunch, right?

"Further, I guess some think that kids at IHC will later in life NOT be public taxpayers helping fund WHS and other stuff. Or, do Catholics not pay local taxes on top of taxes that we all pay?

"I understand the reasons cited, but I strongly do not agree with the solution reached."

~ dmf

Anonymous said...

Well then ban all school-provided lunches and welcome to Oliver Twistville. You rednecks don't see the big picture very well.

Anonymous said...

More (dramaqueen) please!
How do you twist Dickens to give Oliver a BMI of 30?

There was a time around 1788 when all progressives understood and agreed that a centralized government should not make such decisions as the menu choices in a school lunch program.

The problem with a healthy diet is that there is no such thing. Carbohydrates, sugar, protein cholesterol OMZG fat! ...are all fine and healthy to eat.

Want to see someone really ugly and unhealthy? Go hang out in the Mustard seed parking lot and take a peek at what the customers look like. EEEK!