I have worked in many grocery stores. It was sicking how much food is thrown our
on a daily basis, We would trow away bananas simply because they barely started
to spot. When people are going hungry in this world there should be a mandate
that all still edible food be donated to food pantries etc.
Kind of late to be chiming in on this issue, but really, is the burden of
keeping tabs on the lunch account balance solely on the parents' shoulders?
When I was in high school, I kept track of how much money was left in my
account. If I was low I would have asked my parents for the money or
brown-bagged it. Why weren't the kids doing the same? The district
worker's actions weren't right at all, but seriously, this incident
could have been easily avoided.
We can all agree that throwing away the food was stupid.We should
all agree that parents need to take care of their accounts whether they be
lunch, textbooks, supplies and fees to play sports and participate in
organizations.We should also agree to give kudos to Jazz player John
Lucas III for taking care of these accounts. Now everyone has a fresh start.We should also recognize, the delinquent accounts weren't
necessarily from the lower socio-economic tier. Those who qualify for free and
reduced lunch weren't the ones targeted because their lunches are paid for
by the federal government.We should all agree that kids are
resilient, that nobody has to be scarred for life from this and we all need to
stop overreacting and go on.
george of the jungle,Maybe we could have a stand-by line for school
lunch.If there's food left over they just go through the line
at the end of lunch and get some. I don't know of a single school in Utah
that actually runs out of food at the end of lunch. A LOT is thrown away every
day. Why not give it to these kids?
I think we all agree that the food shouldn't be thrown away.However, what recourse do educators have when entitled parents who talk big
about self sufficiency refuse to pay their own bills? Here in Utah we constantly
talk about accountability for educators. Yet, we never require accountability
from parents. Why is that?
I mean how often do kids at school eat everything on their plate?Maybe we should just put the food on the table (family style) and they can
take what they want (instead of putting a specific ration on their tray (whether
they want it or not)?I don't know... but it seems like kids
waste a lot of school-lunch food already.===Kids who
bring lunch from home have more control. And they seem to share the stuff they
don't like with friends who do like it.Maybe it's this
Federal one-size-fits-all approach that's not working. All kids don't
have the same appetite. They don't all have the same likes/dislikes. I
understand there is SOME flexibility in school-lunch, but they seem to give you
some stuff whether you will eat it or not (even if they know 90% of the kids
will just throw it away).
I fly stand by in air plans. How about having stand by. when a ticket isn't
I think we've already gone over this, and we agree, and the school
administration agrees, that the lunch administrator should have addressed it
with the parents. So no use beating that dead horse today.But to
interject a new angle to the conversation... how many lunches do we see thrown
away daily (by kids who's parents paid for them but they just wont eat
them)? Maybe some of those kids who throw away their lunch could
give their lunch to the kids who's parents won't settle their
account.===The incident reported in the paper and in the
National News didn't happen the first time there wasn't a balance. My
understanding is that this was an ongoing problem.Maybe we need an
account that parents (or students) with extra money could pay into for kids
who's parents won't/can't pay for their lunch?We
already have subsidized or free school lunch (and breakfast) for low income
students. I don't know why these kids didn't qualify. Maybe they