School Lunch

This has been an issue for me since my son started Kindergarten. And my annoyance escalated this past week when I went to eat lunch with him at school. I had packed his lunch for him because after I announced that they were having beef-n-noodles he shouted, “Pack!” But imagine my surprise when the lunch tray I was handed included the following: beef-n-noodles (heavy on the noodles, not so heavy on the beef), mashed potatoes, and a toasted cheese sandwich.  What??? Can we say carb overload? I know they consider mashed potatoes a vegetable but then to add the toasted cheese. I just don’t get it. Oh, I forgot to mention they did have an optional cup of applesauce available. Now I understand how hard it is to feed so many children on a limited budget. I just think some better food choices could be made. Maybe other schools are different, I don’t know. It probably depends on the district. Just wish our kids were given better options.

How does your school rate in the category of school lunches?


  1. #1 by Jacki on January 14, 2011 - 10:42 pm

    Our district is like yours — not so healthy. I guess they try, but pizza, chicken nuggets, and that sort of thing is not what I’d call nutritious at home, so I don’t consider it that at school either. My kids pack every day, except for Danny, who buys on Fridays. Why? For the pizza. Uugh. Oh, and the popsicle. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could at least make a Sam’s run for bulk bananas, oranges, and apples every few days?

  2. #2 by onehappycloset on January 15, 2011 - 7:25 am

    My daughter is in high school and she packs her lunch every day, but she has a salad bar option, but it was not until this year. Otherwise 1-8th grades she had the typical tray lunch of carb overload. She has packed her lunch most years and very consistently. I always gave the excuse of cost, but the truth was the health factor. My mom is a retired lunch lady (her description of her title) and she always talked about how hard they tried to come up with meals that were healthy. She was in a small district, so they actually made quite a bit from scratch- I am not even sure if in the larger schools they do that or if it is all frozen.

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