Why you should still pack a school lunch for your children

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  • 808native Gallup, NM
    Aug. 16, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    My kids' elementary school is participating in the Universal School Lunch and Breakfast Program this year. That means every child gets free breakfast and lunch regardless of the family income. So even though I cook breakfast every morning and pack home lunch for my two daughters, I'm still paying for school meals via taxes. I think I'm being ripped off! Anyone know if I can get a tax credit for uneaten school meals? Or maybe the government offers lunch vouchers? Does the government think it can do a better job than me at feeding my kids?

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Aug. 16, 2014 4:11 a.m.

    Red there is so much misinformation in your post. If you want to see what our local schools are doing go out to Facebook and search for ITS Meals at provo school district. A whole new world of school lunch will be opened up to you. They do an excellent job of using fresh food and making it in a way that the kids love.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Aug. 15, 2014 9:58 p.m.


    I've seen the school lunch. It is a chemical soup of ingredients. For sure not whole and healthy and for what you get it is a ripoff.

    It is not the great lunches that we had growing up 40 years ago. It is all processed food and made to just heat up. It is nasty.

    Make your own food from home and keep your kids healthy.

    There is some information for you. All true. and more than enough to decide to make lunch from home.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 9:46 p.m.

    This article demonstrates the cost for Len's school lunch, I have know idea where he resides. A quick check on the lunch cost at Jordan High, lists a cost of $2.00 for a full meal, reduced price for those that qualify is $0.40. I would think twice before packing a PB&J or bologna sandwich for my teenager.

    For Wed Aug 20th:
    Turkey with Gravy
    Mashed Potatoes
    Whole Wheat Roll
    Green Beans
    Fresh Banana
    Mandarin Oranges

  • cs85 Orem, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    The author should have compared what comes in a school lunch with what he says he would put in a brown bag lunch. Maybe the school lunch provides more food? Does the school lunch come with milk or juice? How much would the total brown bag lunch cost if it had all the extras of the school lunch? Then you could estimate a difference in total cost and decide if the convenience of the school lunch is worth that difference. As it is, the article gives in sufficient information to be really helpful and makes a conclusion without enough information.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    Added comment: If parents could stand by the exit of the lunchroom of any elementary school and see the huge waste of food that is literally thrown away every single day, you would pack your child's lunch. Children can choose from various fruits, vegetables, and yogurt and sometimes put more on their trays than they can possibly eat. I see untouched apples and beautiful bananas, yogurt cups never opened, and many main items never eaten. You, as a parent, know how much your child eats. Purchase a cool lunch pail, and put in as much as the child eats. Have them put wrappers, etc. back in the lunch pail to assess what they have/have not eaten as a guide to know what to pack in the future.

    I often think they should at least take untouched items and give them to the food bank. Nope! They go right in the trash. Lots of money and food wasted! Use common sense and save $$.

  • Mona Beaverton, OR
    Aug. 15, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    Great article with easy to use data. Brown-bagging is good for the budget, and it also gives you control over what you are eating. We had a large family and I can't say that I miss fixing all those lunches, but it was well worth the trouble. My husband still takes a brown-bag lunch to work every day. He has saved tens of thousands of dollars while enjoying 40 years of PB&J!!