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Old 03-30-2009, 07:28 AM
 
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I do not have school children but looking at the local school lunch menus I was appauled.
I know with the economy many children depend on at least one good meal a day.
I see only sweets, starches and only vegetable for whole week I see is corn which is also a starch.
This is truly sad to me. I wonder if any of the lottery money will help this or is there something else that can be done?
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Corndog w/ Mustard
French Fries
Fruit
Milk
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Frito Chili Pie
Buttered Corn
Fruit
Milk
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Springdale Schools seem to be doing a bit better. I guess it depends where in Arkansas you live.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:54 AM
 
Location: The Rock!
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I do not have school children but looking at the local school lunch menus I was appauled.
I know with the economy many children depend on at least one good meal a day.
I see only sweets, starches and only vegetable for whole week I see is corn which is also a starch.
This is truly sad to me. I wonder if any of the lottery money will help this or is there something else that can be done?
-----------------------------------
Corndog w/ Mustard
French Fries
Fruit
Milk
------
Frito Chili Pie
Buttered Corn
Fruit
Milk
----------------
Springdale Schools seem to be doing a bit better. I guess it depends where in Arkansas you live.

My mom was a school cook for long time. The state sets the standards of course and it's up to the schools themselves to see that the standards are met. The cooks used to even have to travel to Little Rock for training on the standards and to get boilerplate menus. This was quite a few years ago so I don't know if it's done this way. The fault lies with the standards mostly I'd say but some blame can also be placed upon schools' budget allocations. The lottery will not be providing money for public schools. It will only be providing money for college scholarships.
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:00 AM
 
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I have a friend at one of the schools in Rogers. She gets to attend conferences and food shows, as well as getting nutritional education in Little Rock. They encourage her to try different things. Compared to what was offered when I was in school, I think the menus are much more rounded, and there are considerably more choices.

http://www.rogers.k12.ar.us/menus/09MarMS.pdf
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Originally Posted by fancygal View Post
I do not have school children but looking at the local school lunch menus I was appauled.
I know with the economy many children depend on at least one good meal a day.
I see only sweets, starches and only vegetable for whole week I see is corn which is also a starch.
This is truly sad to me. I wonder if any of the lottery money will help this or is there something else that can be done?
-----------------------------------
Corndog w/ Mustard
French Fries
Fruit
Milk
------
Frito Chili Pie
Buttered Corn
Fruit
Milk
----------------
Springdale Schools seem to be doing a bit better. I guess it depends where in Arkansas you live.
not much different than in years past. When I was Pres of our local PTA, in Calif back in the late 60s I fought with the school district on this very issue. The argument, this is what the kids will eat..I may add, we lived in a middle to upper middle class area and almost all moms were stay at home in those days, plus we were just coming into the world of frozen and fast foods. High carb, high fat and high sodium has always been part of the school lunch program..Even the fruit is usually canned and loaded with sugar..

I remember questioning the menu as I majored in foods and nutrition in college, and the answer given, the menus meet the federal standards..Does anyone remember when Katsup was considered a vetetable for federal standard requirements. Tomatos are not even vegetables for heaven sake.


As for the lottery money, it is designed for college scholarships only...Nothing else. Can anything be done? I doubt it.

I do think at the high school level the choices are much better and healther.

Nita
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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Originally Posted by fancygal View Post
I do not have school children but looking at the local school lunch menus I was appauled.
I know with the economy many children depend on at least one good meal a day.
I see only sweets, starches and only vegetable for whole week I see is corn which is also a starch.
This is truly sad to me. I wonder if any of the lottery money will help this or is there something else that can be done?
-----------------------------------
Corndog w/ Mustard
French Fries
Fruit
Milk
------
Frito Chili Pie
Buttered Corn
Fruit
Milk
----------------
Springdale Schools seem to be doing a bit better. I guess it depends where in Arkansas you live.
If you want too pay for the school lunch your self they can have T bones every day. When the tax payers pay for it let's keep the $$$$ down. Feed your kids the
way you want to. If your can't aford that don't have them
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:06 AM
 
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If you want too pay for the school lunch your self they can have T bones every day:
Haven't you heard that eating red meat everyday raises the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Haven't you heard that eating red meat everyday raises the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
but it is sooooo goooood...yum, yum!!!!

Nita
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:33 PM
 
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Where was this? When I lived there (Bentonville) about 2 years ago, my kids had the healthiest lunch there was! I was amazed. We even got letters at least once a week stating that if we were to include snacks, the *had* to be healthful ones, instead of junk. I live in Miami now and school meals down here are very very junky!
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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You can always try to start an initiative to get them to serve healthier foods.
Some studies have shown that the school lunch can affect student's performance in the classrooms.
You can try to get a group of parents together to write the school district but please be aware of the chance that they'll ask you to fork up some money to pay for this.
There can always be some kind of initiative to buy food from local farmers. Just an idea...or two.
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:22 PM
 
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Where was this? When I lived there (Bentonville) about 2 years ago, my kids had the healthiest lunch there was! I was amazed. We even got letters at least once a week stating that if we were to include snacks, the *had* to be healthful ones, instead of junk. I live in Miami now and school meals down here are very very junky!
Exactly.

My son attends school in Fayetteville and healthy, nutritious lunch options are provided - the students are presented aŽla carte style choices and we have an online account we deposit money into and can view each day what he is purchasing for lunch.
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