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Are All Children The Same? Why Are Lunches?

August 20, 2012

Recently some ag friends, Chris and Katie, brought up in their blogs the issue of alterations in the school food program. In a quest for battling obesity, it seems, we’re feeding children rations that would result in cruelty charges if a dog. That upsets me – again shouldn’t children get the same consideration our animals do?!

The portions, it seems, are at a level that is woefully inadequate for teens, let alone teen athletes. Connor is homeschooled so gets a full lunch here as well as breakfast and dinner. Breakfast may be skimpy on days he shortcuts his chores and doesn’t leave time (choices! Does he want that extra half hour in bed or breakfast?).

And if the schools don’t play along they lose funding. Now I wonder how it is that the food programs can’t provide minimal basics but would prosecute parents for inadequacy for following that same guide.

We all are not the same – not in what we eat or how we eat or how we make use of food. The idea that all school age students are the same, whether first grade or senior athletes, is incredible.

The obvious solution is sending lunches to school, but then last year there were schools that wouldn’t allow packed lunches.  What’s the solution? I wonder if people realize that about 80% of the farm bill isn’t a farm issue at all but a food fund – for school programs and food stamps. When cuts are demanded in the farm bill, and that’s done, do people realize then that they are demanding kids go hungry?

If I fed our big dogs the amount that would keep a Chihuahua happy, is that enough? This would not be considered sufficient food. When we feed our animals, we seek to provide a quality and quantity that keeps them in condition.

Don’t our youth deserve the same?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2012 8:57 PM

    The inadequacy of the school lunch program at all levels is staggering. I hadn’t thought about the portions for teens as mine are still little. All I know is that the menu looks like a rundown of the booths at the county fair. Don’t get me wrong, I like the fair, but if I ate fair food every day, I’m pretty sure I know how healthy I’d be. They deserve better, big and small.

    • August 21, 2012 7:14 PM

      Agreed, but word I’m hearing is it’s not the food but reduction in protein and portions. Agree with your comments! Thanks for visiting!

  2. August 21, 2012 5:47 PM

    Let’s take our convo to the folks who can make a change! My congressman suggests writing letters to:

    Undersecretary of Food & Nutrition Services
    Kevin Concannon
    1400 Independence Ave, S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20250

    Secretary of Agriculture
    Tom Vilsack
    1400 Independence Ave, S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20250

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