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This group was created to discuss issues facing school food programs.
How can we get studnets to get over the stigma related to school meals? Should it be free for all?
What age are we talking about? I have a 2nd grader who loves to buy lunch. I’m not sure if its because he can get more diverse meals than I would fix, the fact that he gets to walk through the line, or what exactly. At this age, the only stigma I see is the one that the school system instills by bad mouthing their own food, using high fat content to meet calorie requirements, and making kids who forget their lunch for x number of times, eat cereal or a peanut butter & jelly sandwich (all the school is willing to pay for).
Now, that being said, I am now an active member of the PTA board at my school (which is Title 1) and hence the reason for the cereal/sandwich issue. The board is new and we are still trying to figure out who exactly is funding this “free” meal. My major push regarding this issue is to get more money for this program so that the kids can get a real meal and thus avoid that stigma. There is fine line to walk because we do not want families that can afford to pay somehow ending up with PTA financing their child’s food on a regular basis rather then the exception. We are still researching and figuring out a plan but our intention is to get as hands on as possible by working closely with the principal at the school.
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