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  •  My daughter does (6+ / 0-)

    She's in kindergarten, where they have lunch and a snack every day.  When she likes the lunch on the menu--today it's French Toast stix, which she loves--I pack her snack in her sparkly pink lunchbox. When she doesn't like the lunch, such as yesterday's ravioli, I pack her lunch in the lunchbox and her snack goes in a paper bag with her name and "SNACK" written on it. However, I have white and navy blue bags (bought them originally to make puppets out of, but their original purpose was as lunch bags.)

    And as far as the rest of it goes, most kids these days have accounts to pay for their lunch, whether that account says the lunch is free, partially subsidized, or paid for entirely by the parents. No one knows who pays for the lunch or not. And I'm sure that a lot of working parents take the easy route and have their kids eat school food, instead of trying to pack a healthful lunch. One of my daughter's friends is extremely allergic to peanuts, so no peanut butter at school, which is a problem, as that's one of the very few sandwiches my daughter will eat!

    •  No one knows? (16+ / 0-)

      That's great! When my daughter (now 31 years old) was in 1st or 2nd grade, she got free lunch and she told me the lunch lady didn't like her. I asked why she thought that, and she said she would get in line with everyone else, the lady would look at her card (which the lunch staff held onto, not the kids), and send her back to the end of the line. I waited until the next day and she said it happened again. I waited another day and she said it happened again. I went on a surprise visit to the principal and told him my problem and the lunch lady was immediately ordered to come and explain herself to me. She tried to tell me there was a problem on the card but couldn't explain what the problem was or why it continued. I asked if the free part might be the problem and she insisted free lunch kids are treated like anyone else and she would never treat a child like that and I pointed out that that was exactly what she did.
      The next school day, my darling daughter was so happy! The lunch lady was nice to her! And she was nice every day after that. My poor girl thought she'd done something wrong and couldn't figure what it was.
      It took the threat of her job to make this small minded jerk treat my daughter like a normal, hungry child.

      •  That's awful! (1+ / 0-)
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        peregrine kate

        What kind of a horrible person would take out their prejudices on a small child? Kudos to you for following through and getting the lunch worker to act as she should.

        Anyway, as far as I know--this is my daughter's first year--the cards are all the same, they go through a big company that does school lunch payments all over the country (which reminds me, I need to check her balance!) When we signed up, I'm just about positive it said that all cards were the same when it got to the point for applying for free or reduced-price lunch. Unless something pops up in the computer when the card goes through.

      •  How great of you to stand up for your darling (1+ / 0-)
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        daughter. It is so important for kids to know their parents will defend them from mistreatment.
        Isn't it amazing to have her all grown up now? My oldest is 29, and I still don't quite know how that happened....

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        by peregrine kate on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:22:07 PM PST

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