Don't throw food away

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  • trekker Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    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.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    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.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 2:30 p.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 1:05 p.m.

    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?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    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?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    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).

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    I fly stand by in air plans. How about having stand by. when a ticket isn't used.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    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 didn't apply.