Archive for the ‘School lunches’ Category

School Lunches Under Increasing Scrutiny

January 6, 2010

When the food kids find at fast food joints turns out to be safer and – arguably – healthier than the stuff they’re served in school cafeterias, there’s a problem.

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A good chili-cheese dog is a noble thing; it may not be the best option for school lunches, however.

School lunches have been coming under increasing scrutiny the past couple of years; momentum for change is coming even faster. While parents put more pressure on school officials to change their menus to healthier options, those officials are forced to contend with shrinking budgets that prevent them from offering the better foods parents for which parents are clamoring.

With only about a dollar budgeted per student, food choices are limited. Many schools don’t even bother to prepare lunches anymore, preferring the cheaper alternative of contracting out their lunch programs to companies whose primary concern is how to make a buck rather than providing healthy meals. Of course, not only parents are raising their voices: students are getting involved, too.

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Why Johnny doesn’t get enough fiber

June 4, 2009
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Bready, but not whole wheat. (Photo: Stock.xchng)

ScienceDaily – While most nutrition experts agree that school lunches should include more whole-grain products, a new study from the University of Minnesota finds that food-service workers lack understanding and the resources to meet that goal. Full story