eatyourgreensproject

January 11th: Healthy & Hunger-Free Kids Act

eatyourgreensproject:

The Healthy & Hunger-Free Kids Act (2010), much of which is set to be implemented in the coming year, requires, among other stipulations, that students take at least one serving of a fruit or vegetable with each meal.

(Clover High School, SC)

According to an October 2012 radio story, elementary schoolers in Florida (and presumably elsewhere) often throw the vegetables away rather than consuming them: http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2012/10/29/a-fruit-or-vegetable-on-every-plate-whether-students-want-it-or-not/

A school nutrition employee in that same story remarked that while students can visibly see that their meals are changing, they have not been taught why. 

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theinanescribblings
theinanescribblings:

See that sad, disgusting, depressing, soul crushing object right there? No, no under whatever kind of sandwich that spotted thing is impersonating. Yeah that styrofoam tray (I’m supposed to say “plastic foam” or polystyrene foam but it is all the same horrible thing). I’m proud to announce that my class is working with Global Green to redesign the school lunch tray. If we are successful we will eliminate that environmentally dangerous monstrosity from New York City public schools.
Nearly 850,000 of those plates are used for 20 minutes and thrown “away” every day. I say away because nothing happens to styrofoam. All the styrofoam that has been made to this day will always be there. It doesn’t break down. It only breaks into smaller and smaller pieces and ends up in the oceans, beaches, fish, birds, and other wildlife. Some reports mention the negative health effects on children who use styrofoam products. So why do we still use it? Because its cheap. Everything comes back to money. And because of it you, me, and billions of people have been constantly exposed to styrofoam products. Now, this project will only remove it from the trays in schools. But I think its a decent change for the 1.1 million children in NYC public schools. 
The most exciting part of this is that we get to not only redesign the tray but potentially redesign the lunch experience. This is the 20 minutes in the day that these students get to socialize and eat. Two incredibly important things for the K-12 range of students. We can make it better than standing in long lines. Make it better than these white soulless trays. We could give the students more options than just throwing the food out at the end and wasting it. Who eats on trays anyway? And why are those slots on the tray shaped that way?? 
This is my semester long project for my Studio 3 class. I’ll be updating the blog with process on the project. I would love to hear feedback or ideas that you guys have. Any tips?

theinanescribblings:

See that sad, disgusting, depressing, soul crushing object right there? No, no under whatever kind of sandwich that spotted thing is impersonating. Yeah that styrofoam tray (I’m supposed to say “plastic foam” or polystyrene foam but it is all the same horrible thing). I’m proud to announce that my class is working with Global Green to redesign the school lunch tray. If we are successful we will eliminate that environmentally dangerous monstrosity from New York City public schools.

Nearly 850,000 of those plates are used for 20 minutes and thrown “away” every day. I say away because nothing happens to styrofoam. All the styrofoam that has been made to this day will always be there. It doesn’t break down. It only breaks into smaller and smaller pieces and ends up in the oceans, beaches, fish, birds, and other wildlife. Some reports mention the negative health effects on children who use styrofoam products. So why do we still use it? Because its cheap. Everything comes back to money. And because of it you, me, and billions of people have been constantly exposed to styrofoam products. Now, this project will only remove it from the trays in schools. But I think its a decent change for the 1.1 million children in NYC public schools. 

The most exciting part of this is that we get to not only redesign the tray but potentially redesign the lunch experience. This is the 20 minutes in the day that these students get to socialize and eat. Two incredibly important things for the K-12 range of students. We can make it better than standing in long lines. Make it better than these white soulless trays. We could give the students more options than just throwing the food out at the end and wasting it. Who eats on trays anyway? And why are those slots on the tray shaped that way?? 

This is my semester long project for my Studio 3 class. I’ll be updating the blog with process on the project. I would love to hear feedback or ideas that you guys have. Any tips?

parenting
parenting:

Nine-year-old’s lunch blog shames school into making changes

Martha Payne had some sad-ass lunches at her school in Scotland — unsatisfying food that sometimes had more hair than vegetables. So the 9-year-old decided to start a blog with photos and vital statistics about her meals. Almost immediately, the blog got international attention, including from prominent school lunch busybody Jamie Oliver. Result? Martha’s dad just met with the local council, and it announced that kids could have unlimited salad, fruit, and bread.
Nine-year-old’s lunch blog shames school into making changes

parenting:

Nine-year-old’s lunch blog shames school into making changes

Martha Payne had some sad-ass lunches at her school in Scotland — unsatisfying food that sometimes had more hair than vegetables. So the 9-year-old decided to start a blog with photos and vital statistics about her meals. Almost immediately, the blog got international attention, including from prominent school lunch busybody Jamie Oliver. Result? Martha’s dad just met with the local council, and it announced that kids could have unlimited salad, fruit, and bread.

Nine-year-old’s lunch blog shames school into making changes

lunchhournyc
lunchhournyc:

Sloppy Joes and cartons of apple juice. School lunch didn’t get much better than that.
But students didn’t always get to enjoy such fine delicacies, plunked on their trays by cafeteria employees. New York’s school lunch program began in 1908 when reformers realized that poor schoolchildren were too underfed and did not have the energy necessary to grasp concepts and facts. So The New York School Lunch Committee, an independent charity headed by the activist Mabel Kittredge, introduced the city’s first school lunch at P.S. 51, an elementary school on West 44th Street. The first lunches included thick slices of bread, a warm soup or other entree, and a small dessert of sweet potato, sweet crackers, or cake. Sounds pretty delicious to me!
Over the course of the next century, school lunch became a federal program, and its nutritional value remains a hot topic to this day.
Learn more about the history of charity and food in New York.
What was your favorite school lunch growing up?

lunchhournyc:

Sloppy Joes and cartons of apple juice. School lunch didn’t get much better than that.

But students didn’t always get to enjoy such fine delicacies, plunked on their trays by cafeteria employees. New York’s school lunch program began in 1908 when reformers realized that poor schoolchildren were too underfed and did not have the energy necessary to grasp concepts and facts. So The New York School Lunch Committee, an independent charity headed by the activist Mabel Kittredge, introduced the city’s first school lunch at P.S. 51, an elementary school on West 44th Street. The first lunches included thick slices of bread, a warm soup or other entree, and a small dessert of sweet potato, sweet crackers, or cake. Sounds pretty delicious to me!

Over the course of the next century, school lunch became a federal program, and its nutritional value remains a hot topic to this day.

Learn more about the history of charity and food in New York.

What was your favorite school lunch growing up?

fastcompany

fastcompany:

Fueling Our Future: This Is What School Lunches Actually Look Like

To call awareness to the reality of school lunches and their questionable nutritional value and color palette (beige, gray, and brown seem to be the primary colors), Farah Sheikh, an education campaign manager at the nonprofit, Do Something, created Fed Up. The online campaign asked students to send in photos of their lunches and then vote on which ones they would “eat” and which they would “toss.” Images included the barf-tastic "Pork Slop" from Mississippi and the delightfully colorful lunch combo titled "lunch is pretty awesome" from Texas.

randomactsofchaos

randomactsofchaos:

ATTLEBORO — As many as 25 students at Coelho Middle School were denied meals or told to throw their lunches away Tuesday because they could not pay or their pre-paid accounts did not contain enough money, school officials said today.

Parents said some of the children cried after they were not allowed to eat or had to toss out their lunches.

School officials said an on-site employee from Whitson’s, the school system’s school lunch provider, apparently gave the order not to extend meals to students who could not pay or whose credit was already overextended. SOURCE

Imagine, for a second, the mindset required to force hungry children to throw food in the garbage? It’s not like the food was given to a child that could pay, it was just wasted. It’s the ultimate in conservative thought: I will gain nothing from this but the satisfaction of knowing you did not get a free meal.

This is why privatizing government functions is a bad idea is almost every circumstance but particularly in those that provide a direct service. Once a profit motive is introduced, it ceases to be about fulfilling a public need, now it becomes about making a profit by any means necessary. The idea of providing children a nutritious meal so they can grow and learn and contribute to society becomes a narrow and selfish pursuit of the bottom line. If children are left to go hungry, well, that’s capitalism for you!

It’s not as if they couldn’t feed them, the district has a policy where a student that can’t pay for the regular meal will be provided with a cheese sandwich and milk. It’s not the most appealing of meals but it will certainly keep a child fed. But instead, this privately run company decided that over twenty kids simply shouldn’t eat if it was going to cost the company money:

Parents said they were told by their children that some pupils in the cafeteria line had already picked up their lunch and were told at the checkout they had to throw it away.

Victoria Greaves, 11, a fifth grader at Coelho, said a cashier told her to throw away her lunch because there was not enough money in her account. She said she threw her meal away and got nothing to eat.

We’re left to wonder what the cashier planned on doing if the child refused to comply. Would they physically take the food away? Was the couple of dollars really that important?

The larger question that isn’t being asked yet is how did we come to a point where anyone can even think that depriving children of food is a moral thing to do? In the richest nation on Earth, are we so blinded by greed and the pursuit of the Holy Dollar that we don’t even consider that going out of our way to let a child go hungry to be the act of a sociopath? Would we rather throw food in the garbage than let someone eat it for free? Who thinks that way?

House Republicans recently proposed cuts to nutrition assistance that will kick 280,000 low-income children off automatic enrollment in the Free School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Those same kids and 1.5 million other people will also lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamp benefits) that help them afford food at home.

Ah. Well, that explains that, doesn’t it?

sign-the-petition:

SIGNATURES NEEDED BY MARCH 01, 2014 TO REACH GOAL OF 100,000 — 99,167

Utah and Texas have become trendsetters in throwing away school lunches and/or not giving lunches to kids in public schools due to their inability to pay with some students being deficit as low as 30 cents! Lunch is sometimes the only meal a child can expect per a day in poverty stricken households across America. Children should not be the victims of financial issues in a public school system. Lunch should be provided to all students regardless of the student and/or family’s ability to pay for that lunch. If prisoners can be given three meals per a day we can afford to feed our children at least one meal per a day during the 180 calendar days children attend school in the United States. This will greatly help reduce childhood hunger issues.

artielu

artielu:

According to Jason Olsen, a Salt Lake City District spokesman, the child-nutrition department realized some students’ families had outstanding balances on Monday, but the department’s manager wasn’t able to notify the school until after lunch had been served on Tuesday. So the department did what any humane, understanding person would do: they snatched the meals from the children and threw them in the trash.

"It was pretty traumatic and humiliating," Erica Lukes, one of the children’s mother, told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I think it’s despicable. These are young children that shouldn’t be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up.”

Olsen said school authorities attempted to contact parents about the debt on Monday and Tuesday morning but failed to reach them all before Tuesday’s lunch period.

"Something’s not working, and that’s what the school and child-nutrition department are going to work on together," Olsen said. "This can be easily prevented."

He stopped short of apologizing,though, saying only, “If students were humiliated and upset that’s very unfortunate and not what we wanted to happen.”

But a lengthy apology was later posted to the district’s Facebook page.

"This situation could have and should have been handled in a different manner. We apologize," the post reads. "We understand the feelings of upset parents and students who say this was an embarrassing and humiliating situation."

TAKING.  SCHOOL.  LUNCHES.  AWAY.  FROM.  HUNGRY.  CHILDREN.  WHOSE.  PARENTS.  ARE.  BEHIND.  ON.  PAYMENTS. 

SIGNAL BOOST THE SHIT OUT OF THIS. 

WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?!