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Old 10-24-2019, 09:00 AM
 
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Our son, who graduated HS in '13 always brought his lunch.

People don't do that any more?
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Old 10-24-2019, 09:16 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I just wished there was a good way for us to provide our kids home packed lunch that's healthy but the schools are not very good with allowing that.

If you watch videos of kids in Japan, they have kitchens that accept their child's Bento box. They will keep it warm and have workers distribute to the kids. Bento is a huge cultural thing in Japan and that's why they are healthier in general than Americans.
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Old 10-24-2019, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Hoboken, NJ
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I'm not sure why this is even a debate. There is absolutely a poverty problem in this nation, and it's getting worse. Without subsidized lunches, some students would literally go hungry.

https://www.nokidhungry.org/who-we-a...ly%20of%20four.

https://www.businessinsider.com/free...-hunger-2019-5

This is something provided by every other civilized nation on earth, yet it is a political issue here. I can't speak to anecdotes about "certain demographics getting free lunches and driving late model cars." I'll just comment on the facts that this is unfortunately a much-needed service.

And yes, school lunches are not healthy. We pack our kids' lunches because of this (ironically, all parents got a speech at the beginning of the school year telling us if we were going to pack lunches, they needed to be healthy. And then we saw the school lunch menu. Lol.) Also, hospitals have some of the worst food anywhere, and they should absolutely know better. But I digress.
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Old 10-24-2019, 09:55 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm not sure why this is even a debate. There is absolutely a poverty problem in this nation, and it's getting worse. Without subsidized lunches, some students would literally go hungry.
probably because parents are responsible for their children, not the government. its not hard to feed your kid and its not a poverty issue because they can qualify for free food through snap.
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Old 10-24-2019, 12:33 PM
 
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Not everyone who is poor is eligible for snap. Not everyone who is poor has a kitchen or even a home. Not everyone who is poor has a family or lives with a family. Snap benefits are not enough to feed a family and are a supplement. In addition, children do not learn if they are hungry.
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Old 10-24-2019, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Union City, NJ
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I just wished there was a good way for us to provide our kids home packed lunch that's healthy but the schools are not very good with allowing that.

If you watch videos of kids in Japan, they have kitchens that accept their child's Bento box. They will keep it warm and have workers distribute to the kids. Bento is a huge cultural thing in Japan and that's why they are healthier in general than Americans.

My daughter, who is only 4, is a very picky eater and won't eat most of the school lunch. We pack lunch everyday even though school lunch is provided for free for everyone regardless of income. Are you telling me there are schools out there that prohibit you from sending your kids to school with lunch? I've never heard of such a thing.

Why on earth would you randomly be watching videos of kids in Japan?
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Old 10-24-2019, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Our son, who graduated HS in '13 always brought his lunch.

People don't do that any more?
So did I, who graduated in 1976, and so did my daughter, who graduated in 2009. Of course people still do that.

But both of us, as well as your son, had classmates who received free lunches through the school lunch program, as well as students who paid for lunch at school instead of taking lunch from home, so I am not sure how your question is relevant.
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Old 10-24-2019, 02:36 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Not everyone who is poor is eligible for snap. Not everyone who is poor has a kitchen or even a home. Not everyone who is poor has a family or lives with a family. Snap benefits are not enough to feed a family and are a supplement. In addition, children do not learn if they are hungry.
i wonder how these parents are able to keep themselves fed and not their children. its magic!

im pretty sure they are getting enough to feed their kids.
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Old 10-24-2019, 02:38 PM
 
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The deliciousness of food is determined by the school district or individual school with in nutrition guidelines. I worked with a headstart school in a very poor city where the lunches and snacks were great. Of course they had a food corps service member on staff who spent time and effort creating menus and was a talented chef who knew about nutrition. This particular headstart also had a major vegetable garden and cooking program.
As a parent, you can lobby to make changes in the cafeteria offerings.
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Old 10-24-2019, 02:41 PM
 
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i wonder how these parents are able to keep themselves fed and not their children. its magic!
Clearly they don’t. That’s why they are always sick and many have diabetes, heart disease and have weight issues at a young age.
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