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  •  Something about my school lunch experience: (2+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, lefthandedmomma

    Grades 1-3 I lived in Garland, TX.You actually had a choice between two entrees. And the entrees didn't have lots of fresh fruits and veggies but it was food I thought was more than decent. Plenty of hamburgers, chicken-fried steak, hot dogs, fish with tarter sauce.

    We moved to Colorado before I started 4th grade. School lunches there: they served one thing. It was either eat that, bring a paper bag lunch (and hope it didn't get stolen or sabotaged by bullies), or don't eat. I was blissfully unaware of any subsidized lunches. But the food during that time was barely tolerable. The salisbury steak was gross and the gravy on it made it even worse.

    Junior high it was back to a choice among entrees, so the food wasn't bad. By the time I got to high school, it was a steady rotation of chicken nuggets, pizza and hamburgers. Whenever I had the car I would take my lunch hour to go get McDonalds, Wendys, Burger King or Taco Bell.

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    by RockyMtnLib on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:30:43 PM PST

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    •  when I was a kid (1+ / 0-)
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      the cafeteria often served "pizza" -- biscuit dough with scorched hamburger mixed with tomato puree and dusted with shredded yellow American cheese. At the time I thought (being not a pizza consumer) it was actual pizza, and therefore I believed all pizza was nasty. It came from an Ozarks school cafeteria.

      No mozzarella, no seasonings in the meat -- not even salt and pepper -- no real, you know, pizza sauce. No 'shrooms or onions or bell pepper or Canadian bacon or anything. The bottom of the crust was often sweated-wet from standing after being pulled out of the oven while still white.

      Apparently that's a universal recipe for "school lunch pizza."

      My kids were presented with a slab of that junk at least once a week from 1987-2002, going to school in 4 different districts in West Texas.

      The city I live in has now "closed campus" for lunch at all high schools and contracted with Taco Bell, Burger King and Long John Silver's to run lunch lines.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 01:43:37 PM PST

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      •  I've volunteered in schools since 1980 (4+ / 0-)

        And the meals, using gov. subsidy foods such as cheese and mashed potato flakes were good, homemade type spaghetti, mac and cheese, stew, chicken and dumplings etc.  Then they started doing away with the local school lunchroom cooks and making it all at a central location.  Next they got into privatizing it out to the lowest bidder, guess how great THAT food was.  Everything was named brands but made especially for schools where the taste and condition of the food went to a captive audience and all that mattered was the price.

        Also, most of the kid's parents now do take out, take and bake, or eat out and it's all fast food.  These kids wouldn't know good food if it should happen to be served to them.

        Breakfasts are so sugary and salty that it's a wonder the kids can kick start their brains with that junk.  I agree with whomever said that it's difficult to make large amounts of food prepared and kept warm taste good.  Every school district needs a nutritionist, and every school needs a real kitchen in their lunch room, with lunch ladies who make pans of the same things they serve at home (they will all have to be over 50).

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