Minneapolis expands its menu for school lunch

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 15, 2013 - 10:34 PM

The Minneapolis district now will study whether it’s cost-effective to expand tastier, healthier high school menus to cafeterias serving younger students.

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offtherecordApr. 16, 13 6:15 AM

I encourage every parent to have lunch with their children in the cafeteria some day and see the amount of food thrown away as children return to class. I would rather see a child veat a hot dog or pizza and return to class with a full stomach than throw away his healthy food and be hungry all day.

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Kathy_BrandtApr. 16, 13 7:22 AM

Sounds like a far cry from the hamburger gravy and mashed potatoes that I choked down over the years!

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one4themoneyApr. 16, 13 7:44 AM

@offtherecord - maybe kids in this country should learn not to throw food away and be grateful that somebody is trying to provide for their health. A spoiled mentality is what is dragging our country down. I cannot imagine my parents who lived through the depression throwing food away. Their values were solid.

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phenry20Apr. 16, 13 8:06 AM

The Path of Least Resistance: A Parenting Guide Thanks, offtherecord!

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marcymmbApr. 16, 13 8:38 AM

one-4themoney***maybe the government needs to get out of the cafeterias.

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krump56Apr. 16, 13 9:28 AM

How many are actually sold vs. provided at no charge by Minnesota tax payers? It is easy to throw food away when you get to leave your first hour class to eat your free breakfast then get free lunch.

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rlwr51Apr. 16, 1312:17 PM

Now, if they would make lunch periods long enough to give kids time to eat the lunches....

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sarah626Apr. 16, 1312:24 PM

krump56 - From what I understand, school lunches are federally funded. As for breakfast, most schools serve breakfast before the day begins. My students eat at their desk in the classroom. They're done when I begin the day. No disruption. No time missed. Full tummies. Ready to learn.

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mplsjoejoApr. 17, 13 8:00 AM

This is a great program. I would like to see expanded cooking from scratch in the cafeterias in our public schools. Bread, basic foods can be made for less than buying the pre made crap that has grade D, E, F meat and in some cases even is not fit for Human Consumption like the 120,000 tons of chicken the federal gov was trying to push down to the schools a few years ago. Our children's health is important and eating good food is part of that. We need to end "boil in the bag" and "ready to bake" pre made factory foods and bring back cooks, bakers, chefs. If the kids get full on good, taste food, they will not seek out so much junk food to fill the gap.

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nathansApr. 17, 13 3:24 PM

Still, not enough for me to stop packing my kids lunch every day. Or should I say… to have my kids request school lunch, every! Maybe they will when schools bake bread again. Or a cow flies over the moon. Parents your children know the Brown Bag Rules.

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