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