Nov. 1: School fruits, veggies face unhealthy competition

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 30, 2012 - 7:35 PM
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raleighmamaNov. 1, 1210:43 PM

Gross - no sneeze guards or shields to prevent junk from falling into the fixings line. Cold food set out without being chilled. Exact opposite of what they teach in kitchen management. And the boss was there to supervise? Someone call the health department please.

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comment229Nov. 2, 12 6:16 AM

Food service in our schools has been a "Catch 22" for years and years. Let's see, where to start... oh, how about those green beans in the gallon cans, opened, heated in a big pot, and at the end of the operation for the day, someone tosses them all into the garbage; yummy stuff. Then there is the parent that insists we get rid of the ala carte, which heavily subsidizes the food program and then that parent complains about the price of a meal going up a dime. Every considered what you pay for a meal at school compared to downtown? It all comes down to money vs. quality vs. health and most schools, if not all, just are REALLY happy if their school lunch program, breaks even. PS... to all the cooks and custodians in every school district in the state of Minnesota.... THANK YOU!

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cavellNov. 2, 12 7:21 AM

sneeze guard? like high school students have any physical contact? thats the least of their worries.

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owatonnabillNov. 2, 12 7:42 AM

Back in the day, Owatonnabill was in a "work-study" program where he would work for the University on weekends to help pay for tuition, books, rent, etc. In this particular case he would work 12 hours on Saturday helping prepare food, usually peeling potatoes which when peeled would land in a large plastic garbage bin. When full the bin was hauled away to be processed. About mid-afternoon when the bin was close to being full a janitor sauntered on by and chucked the contents of a rather full ashtry into owatonnabill's spuds. Upon asking the supervisor what he should do, he was told "pick out what you can and forget about the rest". True story.

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todayscommentNov. 2, 12 7:50 AM

My high school son often complains that the high school has cut the food portions down so much that he leaves lunch still feeling hungry (and he's super skinny!). They have even removed the cheese from the cheeseburgers because of some new guidelines. Many of his pals buy extra cookies or snacks simply because they are still hungry. When I pay for a meal I am trusting that the school will provide a meal that can sustain him through the afternoon. Currently that is not happening.

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Thumper5316Nov. 2, 12 7:54 AM

I'm with cavell.

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jmomottNov. 2, 12 8:55 AM

I don't understand the issue. If someone eats a nutritious salad or a sandwich with tons of veggies and lean meat and a container of milk, what's wrong with a cookie or chips? I thought the point was to offer more nutritious options for children, not to eliminate any and all "snacks". Everything in moderation...

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busdriver37Nov. 2, 12 9:30 AM

Maybe if a school lunch actually satisfied a growing teen's hunger, they wouldn't feel ravenous by 2:00 and gorge on a bunch of snacks. Just sayin'.

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chadsterNov. 2, 12 9:49 AM

"Everything in moderation..." - because everyone knows high school age kids are experts in moderating

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marathongirlNov. 2, 12 9:55 AM

Considering "grazing" is the way we should be eating, 300-400 calorie meals more often to maintain sugar levels, perhaps kids that aren't getting enough should be bringing in their own snacks. If tax dollars are paying for it, then there should be only healthy options. Any unhealthy things offered should be at full cost and then some.

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