School Lunch Standards

The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill that would have the Agriculture Department make uniform standards for all foods in schools.

Under the bill, the number of low income children who are eligible for free or reduced cost meals would be increased.

However, it's up to the Agriculture Department to determine exactly how the features of the bill will be carried out.

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  • by Crystal Coast Gal Location: Crystal Coast on Mar 25, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    Milly, Not everyone qualifies for food from food banks, nor do they qualify for food stamps. Sometimes, lunch is the only meal these children have. Until you've been there, you just don't understand.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM
    It is not complicated. Stop entitling and start educating. Some parents just throw their children into the village and expect that the village will care for them. I have heard it over and over on WITN comments. "It takes a village to raise a child". Parents stating that mess are not educated enough to understand its meaning or they are twisting it to suit their own needs. The village starts at home and extends into family. The village community VOLUNTEERS time and resources where needs are identified Short Term but not under LAW. Social institutions called schools were provided by LAW to educate your child. They were not their to feed, clothe, bathe or provide sanctuary from prison. Of course that was then, this is now. Welcome to socialism and entitlement. Free lunch is just another way to insure certain parties get paid tax payer dollars to provide food to the schools under a government mandate. As with other programs it is ever expanding & not sustainable unless taxes increase.
  • by This Dog Smokes Location: Greenville on Mar 25, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    Milly i agree with you. When I was in school a packed lunch was taken, if not money was provided for LUNCH. Others with reduced lunch if not free lunch was offered for lunch and breakfast. They were eating more if not better than myself, and those test scores....well. Here is a thought, i wonder what kind of chemicals are being used by locals and those fresh produce.
  • by Concerned on Mar 25, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    It all comes down to Government subsidizing corn to produce high sugar and high calorie processed foods that are cheap and easy to prepare because if you check, some form of corn is in everything (even fed to cows and chickens because it is cheaper than grazing). By altering whom the government gives subsidies, we can reverse the current system where the bad foods are cheaper than the healthy ones. I agree that it is cheaper to eat crap food, but in the long run when these kids have diabetes and other obesity caused illnesses, it will cost them and ultimately the American Tax payers so much more in health care costs, than if they just ate healthy food. I agree that we should work with local farmers to provide a more nutritious lunch, but when kids are used to living off the Dollar menu then it is going to be hard to convince them that fresh fruit is just as good since the dollar menu food is just as addicting as tobacco.
  • by To Milly & Others Location: Pitt Co on Mar 25, 2010 at 06:27 AM
    While there is truth in what you say, it is a bit more complicated than that. It goes back to the age-old question of what came first: the chicken or the egg? Okay, so we need to have Mom & Dad pack healthy lunches and prepare nutritious breakfasts before Junior heads off to school. But Mom & Dad don't understand nutrition, they understand 'quick' because they're running late for work. So breakfast comes in the form of something high in calories and fat. Ditto for lunch. We need to take a step back, educate parents AND children on nutrition and get back to healthy eating. The chemicals we are ingesting in prepared and processed foods is alarming. Why can't we co-op with local farmers for fresh produce? Most schools in eastern NC are in sight of farmland ... why can't we take the bold step to feed our children correctly? We help the farmers, we help the children and maybe, just maybe, those reading scores will improve!
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Mar 25, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    I agree with you Milly. Could not have been spoken better!!!!!!!
  • by B Location: nc on Mar 25, 2010 at 04:48 AM
    I agree school food should be better for the kids, for most it's the only real meal they will get all day.Here is the problem, if it's free for some it should be free for everybody.
  • by Milly on Mar 25, 2010 at 04:07 AM
    The government and local school districts should not be in the food service industry. These parents of children should be providing this via a packed lunch from home. If you have kids and can't afford them, stop having more. There is no excuse for this, free food is given away from churches, food banks and other sources. Step up and be the parent you became when you had those kids.

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