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#1 of 10 Old 10-10-2006, 12:02 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Sooo, Ava is only 3 months old, BUT I was browsing our school district's webpage because I am bored. Their menu: http://www.sauconvalley.k12.pa.us/do...06oct-elem.pdf

Barf!

Are they in bed with the meat and dairy industries or what?

There is a special note:

"National School Lunch Program regulations prohibit substituting juice for milk as part of the school lunch without a statement from a doctor. A current statement from a doctor must be submitted to the school nurse each year. If your child is allergic to milk, please secure a note indicating what kind of juice(s) may be substituted and give it to the school nurse. Thank you for your cooperation."

WTF!!!!!!!!! What if your child just doesn't like milk? God!

Not that I would ever send her to school without a packed homemade lunch, but still! Heres another kicker:

"If your child forgets their lunch money, "borrowing" is not allowed. They will be provided with a cheese sandwich and milk."

I AM NOT MAKING THIS STUFF UP! :

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our schools serve up something called "pancake on a stick" for breakfast!!!! It's a sausage on a stick, dipped in pancake batter, and deep fried like a corn dog. Then they get some maple flavored high fructose corn syrup to dip it in. :

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Are they in bed with the meat and dairy industries or what?
Yes they are. Literally. The gov't subsidizes the beef and milk industry and the surplus goes to the school. The nutritional literature the schools have for teaching older elementary (and younger) children is from the Dairy Council. It's sick.

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My ds started kindergarten this year and there is no way he will get to eat school lunches. The vegetarian alternatives to the plethra of nasty meat dishes are: salad or peanutbutter and jelly sandwich. At least I know that my peanut butter does not include transfats, my jelly does not have corn syrup as an ingredient, and my bread is homemade. Plus, we really only send pbj no more than once a week because we prefer variety. Public school lunches are nasty!
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It's very appalling at some of the lunches they serve. So gross! i mean even if you're not a veggie. My neice was telling me you needed a doctors note in order to get juice at school!!!!!! OMG
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My sister has two boys, 9 and 6, both vegan. Her oldest son just divulged to her that they were not allowed to buy water at school (his drink of choice at lunch) without first buying milk. Apparently there's a rule that before you can drink anything non-nutritive (juice, soda, water) you must have your super-duper healthy milk. The ignorance is astounding.

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My son is only a year old, but OMG.... I don't know what else to say. Its ludicrous! A DRs NOTE to not drink milk, are they kidding????
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yeah, they are pretty yucky!

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My school had 2 main lunch lines and one salad line. The salad line had two soups, crackers, MYO sandwiches with toppings, salad, and so on. It was a big hit.
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School lunch food comes from the corn and dairy etc. that the government buys up when it subsidizes those markets.

I don't know if you read Mothering but I've done a couple of articles about how to get healthier school meals. They may be online now.

There are also a bunch of web sites on my resources page under school wellness policies here: http://www.simplynaturalbooks.com/resou.html

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