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School lunches about to get leaner, healthier

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Public school cafeterias will be dishing out more healthful meals this fall, thanks to new federal nutrition standards. Students will find more whole grains, lower-fat milk and fruits and vegetables on their trays. The changes, which largely will be phased in over the next three years, are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which aims to improve children’s nutrition and curb obesity. It’s the first time school meal standards have been raised ...

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August 23, 2012
10:32 a.m.

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I have been a teacher in the public school system for over 20-years. The disgusting amount of waste in the cafeteria is astonishing as kids throw out fresh fruit, milk, whole sandwiches, yogurt, etc. These kids are forced to take food that they have no intention of eating. And they are not allowed to leave the cafeteria with it.

This trend is going to get worse with the federal mandates.

This is a disaster. What we have are duplicitous politicians extolling their virtue by, allegedly, caring for children.


September 20, 2012
1:02 p.m.

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My kids and their classmates hate the new menu. They do not have enough to eat and come home hungry. This is an injustice to our children!!! They should be fed better than jail inmates!!! My wife used to work at a prison and she says the prisoners are fed better than our children are being fed in public schools!!! This is an excuse to save money at the expense of our children's health and well being!!! All parents should complain and come together to stand up for our children!!! They deserve better than what they are getting now!!!