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Old 08-24-2011, 07:04 PM
 
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A Colorado school district gets national recognition for cooking from scratch for their students. We love good news!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/17/education/17lunch.html?_r=2&emc=eta1
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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That's a great program! Hopefully it spreads across the country.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Not to rain on the parade, but I'll be curious how much ends up going in the trash.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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When I was a kid I went to a small private school that served fresh made food. Back in the 80's that was almost unheard of. When I got to junior high (a public school) I could not believe the garbage they were serving. That's when I decided to pack my own lunch. So I think and hope that eventually kids will notice how good and fresh their lunches are at this school compared to what they were. It's very nice to see that the people in charge actually care about our kids.
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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Not to rain on the parade, but I'll be curious how much ends up going in the trash.
As a former school principal, I wish them luck. But like you, CAVA, I wonder about the %-trash element. For many years in our school we had a salad bar. Not popular. I don't want carrots in my pasta. Etc. School lunches are CRAP. But what do expect when the general public wants a school lunch that costs a dollar or so, as compared to a McDonalds lunch that costs 4-6 times that much? For the doubters, try going out and buying yourself a healthy and nutritious lunch for under $2.
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Colorado - Oh, yeah!
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I haven't read the article yet, so I don't know if this was covered, but one of the biggest problems with this is that so many schools don't have real kitchens anymore. They can heat food, but they are not really prepared to COOK. Also, a lot of the workers are not necessarily skilled at cooking either, they are used to heat and serve "cooking".

I am completely in favor of programs that promote real food and real cooking, especially in school, but it is important to know that there are a lot of obstacles and pulling it off is not as easy as everyone would like it to be.
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:36 AM
 
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It will be interesting to see how this works out. Our kids take packed lunches, because they have only 20 minutes to eat, and they feel rushed if they have to wait in line for hot lunch. Plus, we use bento lunch boxes, so there's no trash, and any remaining food comes home where it can be eaten as an after-school snack. I can also see whether or not the healthy stuff has been consumed and plan the vegetable sides for dinner accordingly.

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