Attention all parents with elementary children. No matter what grade they are in. Have you been to lunch with them lately? Noooooooooo!!! Well then let me tell you what I see on a typical day. And please do not think that is not MY child because yes it is. Unless you are monitoring your child's lunch by actually going to the school and sitting through a 30 minute lunch with them you can not truly say you know what is happening. The child may tell you they are eating and the food may be gone but let me tell you what I see. And I go to lunch with my child at least twice a week if not more. Also,I have noticed a huge difference between the beginning of the school year and now. Mainly the kids are relaxed in school and know/remember the routine thus more kids are showing the behavior I describe below.
One or two bites taken of the main food like a sandwich, subs, pizza, etc and the rest thrown away. No veggies or fruit are eaten but most kids have them on their plate or in their lunch box. They get thrown away as well. Whole fruit.....never opened, touched or eaten and the kiddies just toss them away. Drinks........chocolate milk and juice are the favored flavors. White milk is okay for some. The kiddies buy a whole bottle of water from the snack isle but this is tossed with the lunch with only a few sips taken.
So what is eaten........snacks and junk food. Whether the kids eat a school lunch or bring one from home.....the snacks are consumed first and mainly. Kids then go buy more snacks in the snack isle. These snack are huge and cost too much money. Snack isles should be banned in schools.
Do not be fooled by your child bringing a lunch box....they toss the food no matter what. I have seen it first hand people! Even if the foods are in containers. They just dump the food and put back the containers....awful!!
I am highly appalled at the waste of food and money. I am disgusted by what the school says is a healthy lunch for the children. Too much sodium, carbohydrates, fats and not enough fresh fruits and veggies. I am speechless by what the parents are putting in a child's lunch box. Two and three snacks. Pretzels, chocolate, marshmallows, crackers and then a little debbie. Come on moms and dads......one of those is fine for the kiddies not all!
For the parents who let their child buy a school lunch. Many schools let you go online and monitor what they have bought. Please do this!! Every day not just once in a while.
Okay....I am done with my rant! But I may touch on this subject again....... you are forewarned!!