School Lunches–Your Thoughts?

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

Alex, now that he’s in 7th grade, thinks school lunch is awesome. Last year, in 6th grade, he brought his lunch nearly every day. Not because of the nutritional value of lunches in elementary school, but because apparently they taste much worse. Now, the 7th grade he attends is in the same district, so I assume ingredients, recipes, etc. are all the same. For him, however, there is a distinguishable difference. For me, there is not. Most of the food at their school is not what I would call extraordinarily delicious or healthy. I hate to admit it, though, but I’m good with him finding school lunch ‘ok’ this year. I know that as a ‘foodie’ I should be concerned by the nutritional value and offerings; And, I am, I love the movements to improve the quality of school meals. I am 100% behind those actively working to make sure the meals served to our children while they are at school not only fill their bellies, but also provide nutrition.

But, here’s the thing: If my kids want to eat lunch at school, it’s fine with me. I’ve taught them about making healthy food choices. Yeah, I know when I’m not there, they don’t and won’t always, but sometimes they will. As they get older my ‘remindings’ will come to the forefront of their minds and they’ll make healthy choices…Maybe I’m delusional.

What are your thoughts on school lunches? How are your kid’s school’s lunches and do they eat them? Please let us know with a comment!

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Audrey's mom Says:

    I applaud your faith in the decisions your children make. That must mean you have imparted good information. All we can do is guide, they really must make the choices themselves. I do not know how I will feel but I hope to have your faith. Audrey is 3 1/2 and Maurene 2, I have a few years to teach them yet.

  2. the Mom Says:

    I agree, all we can do is guide. I’ve been teaching them about balance in food choices and why making healthier choices since they were your children’s ages. And, I have asked them about their food choices when they’re not here, and they tell me they eat their fruits and veggies if they like what’s available…

    I guess liken it to their behavior…I know they know HOW to behave, but they never seem to at home. BUT, when I get comments from teachers and daycare providers about how polite and well behaved they are, I know they are listening to me (and at least behaving outside the home ;D)

    I’m just going to keep on believing they do the same with food choices!

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