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Who is most responsible for ensuring public school children eat a healthy lunch?

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Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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Centerville 2 years, 8 months ago

I think that Michelle OBama and Kathleen Sibileus should be in charge of this. / snort

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love2bike 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm tired of paying high taxes and supporting people who are not responsible. Instead, the government encourages people to have kids they can't afford and can't support. Doesn't do much for the school to feed the kids if the parents have checked out the other 16 hours of the day. We are too dependent on government.

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 8 months ago

I realize why parent was the first choice, but seriously, they need something to choose from. The option must exist from the school district before the parents can work with their children to make a choice.

I am not saying that the dialogue and actions between the parent and the child are NOT the most important, they are....but since school lunch is part of the tax package we pay, then that is who we pay to provide the options.

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cletus26 2 years, 8 months ago

i think they all should work together. and when the parent finds that her child is not receiving a balanced meal from the school then he/ she should take action on ensuring that it is happening.

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Bleubird 2 years, 8 months ago

Who is responsible? How about all of the above? Parents to provide the meal or make sure the right choices are available for the meal, and help educate the child on good nutritional choices; Child to make sure he/she makes healthy food choices; School to give the child an appropriate time, setting and opportunity to eat a good meal, and to provide nutrition education; and Government to offer appropriate nutritious choices if meals are to be provided or subsidized.

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kernal 2 years, 8 months ago

According to a 2009 U.S. Census report published last September, the poverty rate for children has been steadily rising. The 2009 stats were 20.7% for children under the age of 18. I assume the 2010 report will be published next month and given the economy, I'm guessing it will be at least 21.5% for 2010.

I think 1 out of 5 children living in poverty is pretty darned significant.

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Centerville 2 years, 8 months ago

It is interesting, with all the gardens and federal butinskiness and community emotionality and miles of newsprint - all about what children are served at school lunch. Hardly ever see anything anymore about how well they're reading or doing math - just an obsession with the lunches. Have we lowered our expectations or are we just going to focus on the tangential?

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somedude20 2 years, 8 months ago

It is God and Jesus's problem after all they made us and stuff so the buck stops with them. Jesus, you let my kid get fat and I am going to sue you!!!! God, why did you allow us to make soda and msgs'?

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love2bike 2 years, 8 months ago

Parents should be responsible, but too many times the parents aren't "responsible" enough to even get the kids to school, let alone feeding them. Result? We pay higher taxes because the schools feed the kids so the kids pay attention in class so that the school can pass standardized tests. And then we wonder why we have increased government spending. If you want to be a parent, be responsible and don't expect the village to raise your kids.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

Who's responsibility is it to make sure that my kids do their homework?

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bevy 2 years, 8 months ago

In case you don't feel like looking it up, here are a few snippets: "Regulations require that all school breakfasts meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In addition, breakfasts must provide one-fourth (1/4) of the daily recommended levels for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and calories. "

"To meet USDA nutrition requirements, local sponsors choose the menus and food preparation methods used. Regulations establish a standard for school lunches to provide one-third (1/3) of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories. Regulations also require schools to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that no more than 30 percent of an individual's calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. "

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bevy 2 years, 8 months ago

If you want to know what really goes on in the school lunch program (not all the hyperbole being posted above) check it out here:
http://www.kn-eat.org/SNP/SNP_Menus/SNP_Home.htm

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beatrice 2 years, 8 months ago

Parents aren't with their children 24/7. Just because a parent sends a kid to school with a healthy lunch doesn't mean that child will eat it, especially if the school is selling cheap pizza, hamburgers and fries, and calling ketchup a vegetable. Schools should not be allowed to offer junk food to children, and ultimately as voters it is up to parents to demand nutritional meals.

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Centerville 2 years, 8 months ago

"It should be the responsibility of the parents, but when they can't or won't do the right thing, those of us who care about children should step in to help. " Now that is creepy. Every phrase, as well as the sentiment in its entirety.

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BABBOY 2 years, 8 months ago

Another one of those loaded questions.

Worded in way where the average moron is automatically going to mark the parents and then follow it with tough sounding low rent speech about the obvious -- that parents are responsible for their kids.

I look at people who say "I take care of my kids" with thinking isn't that what you are supposed to do so .....

I guess I agree it is the parents responsibility to force the schools to provide a healthy lunch and food. But, I am doubting if any of the "I take care of kids" bravado mindset is willing to go that extra yard. Also, with Brownback in charge, the schools just do not have the money anyway.

I hate the public schools -- the reason being that red neck Kansas will not fund schools and they suck in terms of education let alone school lunch (and athletics for that matter when compared to say Texas).

We live in a good school district not in Lawrence, but it is clear that for my kids to do what I want them to do that we will have to supplement both education over what the school provides and training for sports because even a good school district does not have the money to do I want I want. I would love to see my kids play a sport in a good academic college somewhere.

I am thinking when my kids get to be school age that we will send their lunch or something because I am very doubtful the school lunch will cut it. I have no idea how I will deal with that one and it is an interesting issue they raise today even if the question was poorly worded.

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Katara 2 years, 8 months ago

It might help if kids had more than 15-20 minutes to eat their lunches. Having to scarf down your lunch is not healthy either. Having to eat too fast leads to overeating because they don't have a chance to recognize that they are already full.

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dogsandcats 2 years, 8 months ago

It is the parent or guardian's responsibility to teach their children to make healthy nutrition choices, however it is the school district's responsibility to provide healthy meals to the students.

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squawkhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Anything less than 99.9% of this falling on parents or guardians would be ridiculous.

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notanota 2 years, 8 months ago

The kids most likely to have poor nutrition - ie the poorest are the same kids who rely the most on the school nutrition plan. I have the option to pack lunches for my kids (which I do) but not every parent has that financial luxury. Those free/reduced lunches should be something other than SoaS, and our schools should take the time to teach these kids how to eat something other than Doritos and Twinkies. You can blame negligent parents if you'd like, but we're the ones that ultimately pay when those kids get diabetes.

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usnsnp 2 years, 8 months ago

Should be all levels, Federal?State should set the overall nutritional requirements, School district and parents should get together and set the specificsd, school district should hold informational meetings with parents explaning their reasons for serving what they do, parents should input to school district about food that is served, parents should teach their children about proper nutrition.

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Reta Cosby 2 years, 8 months ago

This country is the way it is because of ruthless, heartless, money-grubbers who have no idea or consideration of the concept of family, neighbor, community, country or nation under God. Don't settle down here. Keep you flyer miles ticking, keep your conceited opinions to yourself, and let love abide.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

It takes a community to raise a child. Can the school district be trusted to provide the most healthy food choices?

  1. Take a look at the vending machine choices = mostly phoney food and soda pop

  2. Lunches are no longer prepared on site = outsourced I assume.

  3. Parents have little to say or simply don't say.

  4. Parents could be required to prepare lunches with few exceptions. This is not a new concept and was rather successful when I was a kid.

  5. Want a healthy lunch for your child in today's climate? I say brown bag it.

Isn't it odd. Never enough money for healthy food and teachers but always plenty of money for new athletic facilities for a small number of students. Are athletics that healthy considering damaged joints,broken bones,expanded hearts and concussions?

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Charlie Bannister 2 years, 8 months ago

The fact that Journal World has to even ask this question demonstrates how we are so very far away from where we need to be. I am 51, and I NEVER had anything given to me at school in the way of food. I ate breakfast before I left the house in the morning, walked to school, ate my sack lunch (very healthy usually) at lunch period, and then came home and ate dinner in the evening. Sometimes if we had a little extra, I might buy lunch (no one GAVE us any thing) at the school cafeteria instead of bringing my lunch. I grew up to be strong and athletic. Let's think about this people. Why are we spending so much money feeding kids at school? It is another ridiculous waste of taxpayer resources, and an abdication of parental responsibility.

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Shelly Welcher 2 years, 8 months ago

When children are at home then most definitely it is the parents responsibility to make sure their children get the most possible healthy meal but when their child is at school then it is totally up to the school to make every possible effort that the student get the healthiest meal possible (don't we pay annual fees). It should be a partnership to keep our children eating healthy . To put it solely on one or the other COMPLETELY is insane!!

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witchfindergeneral 2 years, 8 months ago

Here's a novel idea: let's assume that parents care enough about the health of their children to explain to them, in detail, the consequences of poor nutrition. Let the kids know that no one can stop them from eating junk food if they want to, but show them, explain to them, how this kind of "food" can negatively effect their bodies and emotions in the long run. This approach wouldn't work for all children, but most kids are sponges of knowledge of any kind.

Educate the kids, let 'em decide for themselves.

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sulliedotcom 2 years, 8 months ago

The fact that even 12% thinks the government is repsonsible makes me very scared to send my kids to public schools.

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gvnobas 2 years, 8 months ago

Trust the government to feed anyone? Well, if you wish to give your children a vampiric diet - by all means!!!

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appleaday 2 years, 8 months ago

It's everyone's responsibility. Remember, children don't get to choose their parents and not all parents are good parents. It should be the responsibility of the parents, but when they can't or won't do the right thing, those of us who care about children should step in to help. Schools should offer healthy foods and can help children learn to make healthy choices as they grow up. In the long run, our society pays for unhealthy eating -- obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are costly in many ways.

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liberallibrarian 2 years, 8 months ago

I checked "other" because although I ultimately believe that the responsibility falls to the parent, I think it should be parents and schools working together. If there are days when the parent isn't able to pack a lunch for the child (no time, not home, etc)- the alternative at school should be as healthy as possible. That said, since all parents have a different idea of what is healthy and what is not (see plastics argument above), the final responsibility is the parents'. Personally, I would rather my child eat a salad off of a plastic plate than some other unhealthy meal off of a "safer" plate.

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 8 months ago

I think the parents are. They can demand that the schools clean up their food distribution. I mean, by picking more healthful foods.

My child ate off plastic for the last couple of years. Since I have avoided plastics as much as I can these days, for my family and myself, I do not want him putting plastic silverware in his mouth at school. Plastics have estrogen-like chemicals in them that my child simply does not need for optimal health in his later years.

I am thinking this year of making his lunches. I don't know how far that will go or how successful I will be about it. But I certainly think there has to be a better way to feed kids than on all plastic containers.

And again, when a farmer turns over a crop every 90 days on the same soil, there is not much nutrition in that produce. Poop on California farmers. I don't care that they went to Harvard or any Ivy league school, as many do. I am not happy with their farming practices.

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CreatureComforts 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd really like to meet the people who think the Federal Government has more responsibility in raising a child than the child's own parents do...

Scratch that, I'd rather not.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 8 months ago

Of course it is the state/federal government. This is Lawrence, KS. To think otherwise and accept personal responsibility for yourself and family would be down right non-sense.

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