I think back to my days in elementary and high school. We all ate the same foods 1st grade through high school. School menu was the same for both. Mind you this was a solid 12+ years ago since I started high school. Our lunch was far from nutritious. We had pizza and fries every Friday. We had some form of french fry or tator tot 3-4 times a week whether it was french fry, curly fry, smiley fries, potato wedge, tator tots, waffle fries. I'm fairy certain there was a potato every day of the week sometimes. Why was this not an issue then but now that they want to add more fruits and vegetables and whole grains we are throwing a fit? I don't get it!
I did a little investigating and the new requirements for protein are min 10 oz to max 12 oz. Well with the research I found here and here the weekly intake requirements for a healthy growing young adult are slightly over 9 oz. So why are we so concerned they won't get enough protein and will be tired and hungry?
I would like to share some of the questions asked during the discussion and share my thoughts....
#AskUSDA aren't school lunches to help the poor? What abt those kids whose moms aren't able to provide that healthy food after school?
- What do you think about all the food that is getting thrown away because kids
refuse to eat it?
- Protein is shown to curb hunger and keep people full longer. Skimpy protein
portions will contribute to hunger and poor focus.
#AskUSDA @mrszookeeper #AskUSDA 13 y/o has football after school. He's 5'9", 114 lbs. he NEEDS more than 2-3 oz of protein to keep him fueledA6 Thornton: School meals designed to meet a portion of kids' needs. Parents may send add'l healthy snax to meet athlete needs. #AskUSDA
This one if my favorite....you have an athlete and you are outraged that the USDA said you may provide a snack for your student for before practice and you don't think you should have to supply that? Are you not the parent here? Should you not support and supply for YOUR child? I was a very active student athlete. We were not given extra food or snacks just because we were athletes. We brought snacks to have before practice if we were hungry. How is that the schools responsibility?
- A9 I know a flier of a vegetable wasn't going to get me to eat more vegetables.
Here is where the parent needs to again take responsibility. If you raise a child eating a healthy diet having to eat fruits and vegetables in school should not be an issue. If you raise your child eating junk food like pizza and Cheetos everyday then no vegetables and fruits will not be appealing now will they?
- And the list goes on....you can find the transcript here to see all the questions and answers
I feel the government was trying to be proactive in the fight against childhood obesity and instead of embracing it we are fighting it. I can almost guarantee that the reason for childhood obesity doesn't come from school lunch. Growing up we were outside 90% of the time playing in the woods, the creek, sports, riding bikes with friends. I look at my friends children and they are Nintendo superstars. I just think that children are not nearly as active as they used to be.
I called my sister who is an Ag teacher at a local public school and she shared with me the meal for the day
Now explain to me how that is skimping and won't fill you up....baked beans, peaches, celery, pickle, rib eye sandwich, and milk. Looks good to me. She said that the meals this year are by far way better than last year. She said their was a potato at every meal and the portions were much less last year. With the new program they get better foods which means larger portions. She said the meals are much less carb loaded.
I just think that if you are that concerned of a parent you have the option to pack your kids lunch. We had a one size fits all model my whole time through school. You can't expect to offer 10 different meals in hopes everyone was happy. My mom made one meal for supper. If we didn't like it we went to bed hungry because she wasn't about to make 5 different dishes just so everyone got what they wanted.
Many people also make the comment about many of the children in their communities that are low income and the school lunch is the only good meal they get and we are leaving them hungry. This again I don't understand. How is it the schools responsibility to control the lifestyle that a family provides for a child. Many schools now provide breakfast. We were never offered breakfast at school. So now schools are providing 2 of the 3 meals for the day......why don't we just have them make supper as well. We have to make parents take responsibility which I find in society these days is getting harder and harder....it is much easier to pass the blame. The school is not responsible for raising and providing for your child....you the parent are.
So those are my thoughts and I could be way off here and if I am please feel free to share your comments. Good Day!!