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Schools try to keep kids from tossing out fruit, veggies
Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 30, 2012 | Erica Rodriguez

Posted on 10/01/2012 7:04:17 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Edited on 10/01/2012 7:06:11 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

At Triangle Elementary School in Mount Dora, students shuffle through the lunch lines loading their plates with pears, plums, pizza slices and fruit slushies.

At the lunch tables, many devour the cheese-and-mushroom pizza, guzzle their milk but leave whole pears, ripened plums and the slushies destined for the garbage.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: lunchprogram; nannystate; nutrition; schoollunch
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1 posted on 10/01/2012 7:04:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Some of her students don’t even recognize fruits and vegetables that don’t come in cans, she says.”

Is this for real? I’m shocked...again.


2 posted on 10/01/2012 7:07:05 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Unfortunately, we do force-feed some of it," said Carol Brewer, a school food-service manager...

Shocking

3 posted on 10/01/2012 7:08:17 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"They have no concept of what, say, a squash looks like," Brewer said.

That is sad. Especially since Florida is a veggie state......

4 posted on 10/01/2012 7:08:32 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The waste is horrific. I have extended family working in the schools, and they all say that what these kids toss away every day would feed a small Third World country.


5 posted on 10/01/2012 7:09:37 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I read the headline and thought it was a story about food fights in the lunch room. I need another cup-o-coffee.


6 posted on 10/01/2012 7:11:52 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This year, prompted by changes in federal school-lunch rules, Central Florida students are not allowed to turn down the healthful produce, much of which can end up in the dumpster.

What a surprise. The government forces kids to put fruit on their trays whether they want it or not so then the kids throw it out. Any bets on what the government's solution to this problem will be? My bet is putting the kids in detention if they don't eat the fruit.

7 posted on 10/01/2012 7:12:53 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Make the fruit and veggies an OPTION! Stop loading thier plates and force feeeding soggy, limp veggies and “fruit” with heavy syrup! Everybody acts like they’re throwing away something useful. This is sh## food they’re serving. The veggies have been cooked for so long there is no vitamin that could survive and sugar is BAD FOR YOU and that’s all the fruit is.


8 posted on 10/01/2012 7:15:10 AM PDT by albie ("Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Frankli)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The government needs to get out of the “feed the children” business. IT’S WHY THE KIDS ARE OBESE!!!


9 posted on 10/01/2012 7:15:36 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Since schools are overwhemingly liberal, they should use a tried and failed liberal approach.

Tax the students for each veggie that they throw away.

Yeah, that’ll work.


10 posted on 10/01/2012 7:16:29 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Red Badger

a lot of people in that state are just vegetables


11 posted on 10/01/2012 7:16:29 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The school lunch program is Government mandated waste.

If kids don’t want it they shouldn’t be forced to put it on their tray then throw it away.


12 posted on 10/01/2012 7:17:50 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: albie
SOUP, SANDWICH AND MILK....

Breakfast...let them grab a bowl of cereal at home...and a banana...

13 posted on 10/01/2012 7:18:14 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
"What a surprise. The government forces kids to put fruit on their trays whether they want it or not so then the kids throw it out. Any bets on what the government's solution to this problem will be? My bet is putting the kids in detention if they don't eat the fruit."

Agree, plus reporting non compliance to social services or paying the students or the parents if the veggies are consumed.

14 posted on 10/01/2012 7:18:52 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Da Coyote

I will make them EAT THEIR VEGGIES. After all, IT'S MY PROGRAM with MY NAME ON IT.

15 posted on 10/01/2012 7:20:20 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Mrs. Eagle was a teacher until illness forced her to retire. She was appalled at the food that was thrown away every day.

The kids were not allowed to take anything home even though more than half the kids were from "poor" households. The school was not allowed to donate the food to a local homeless shelter or food bank or any other organization that fed the poor and homeless.

And heaven forbid that the food should be put back into the refrigerator for next day's use.

Be nice to have that government contract.

16 posted on 10/01/2012 7:20:29 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: TurkeyLurkey

I’ll cut you if I don’t get some salt and sugar!


17 posted on 10/01/2012 7:20:40 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: TurkeyLurkey
So what....Kiwi, avocados didn't even exist in our stores until the 60's.

AND I BUY NOTHING THAT SAYS MEXICO....

18 posted on 10/01/2012 7:21:25 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I don't know if this has anything to do with the current situation but I remember many times a a young boy sitting at the table for extended periods of time until I ate my vegetables. Yes, I couldn't go out to play. :-( I hated certain veggies then especially onions and asparagus. :-( Now I love all veggies including those I did not like. Ummmm...I guess lessons as a child take different forms to be effective. Oh well, I'm just an old fashioned type of guy.
19 posted on 10/01/2012 7:21:25 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: albie
Make the fruit and veggies an OPTION! Stop loading thier plates and force feeeding soggy, limp veggies and “fruit” with heavy syrup! Everybody acts like they’re throwing away something useful. This is sh## food they’re serving. The veggies have been cooked for so long there is no vitamin that could survive and sugar is BAD FOR YOU and that’s all the fruit is.

EXACTLY!!!
20 posted on 10/01/2012 7:22:18 AM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: sr4402

I will Support Michelle in Every Way. They MUST EAT THEIR VEGGIES

21 posted on 10/01/2012 7:23:58 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I keep thinking, “where’s a nutritionists organization, a pediatric nursing organization, or a medical organization, to take a stand on this,” then realize they’re all essentially union and won’t. I thank God I don’t have a child or grand child in public school.


22 posted on 10/01/2012 7:24:27 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Kids are obese because they don’t get out and play.
They come home from school and plop down in front of their computer or TV, or TV to play Playstation/Xbox.
1) To the parents it’s a great/convenient babysitter.
2) Depending on where they live this is the safer alternative to the kids running around outside with all the freaks and pervs lurking about.


23 posted on 10/01/2012 7:24:27 AM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just wait until the gubermint applies this logic to healthcare!


24 posted on 10/01/2012 7:25:11 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Obama gives us the gift of downward mobility)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
School lunches are the forced busing of the 2010s: do-goodism intended to effect a positive change that fails to achieve their goal. School busing had the reverse effect of what had been intended: whites fled central city school districts for those in mostly white suburban districts. A good example is the Dallas Independent School District, where busing started 40 years ago. Currently, only 4% of the students in this district are non-Hispanic white. “Healthy” meals will result in more students bringing in sack lunches and a black market in “unhealthy” foods. If school districts ban sack lunches, parents will pull their children out of public schools. The net result will be fewer students eating school lunches, just as the net result of school busing was to re-segregate school districts.
25 posted on 10/01/2012 7:26:19 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: Sacajaweau

I treat any produce that says mexico as toxic or contaminated.


26 posted on 10/01/2012 7:27:23 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: GeronL

Make Home Ec a required course, teach them how to cook, what to do with fruits and vegetables, and how to shop for dinner on a budget. How to bake your own bread, mend a shirt, grow tomatoes and herbs in a window box. It will stand every one of them in good stead.

No, Johnny...growing “THAT” herb will not get you an “A”.

;^)


27 posted on 10/01/2012 7:29:21 AM PDT by Tuanedge (The Buffalo hates the Tiger, but the Tiger loves the Buffalo.)
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To: Thorliveshere

Have the kids put only what they’ll eat on their lunch trays. Have an after-school snack station where the kids can take home fresh veggies and fruit that weren’t eaten at lunch.


28 posted on 10/01/2012 7:29:51 AM PDT by IM2MAD
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Either my school district is flying under the radar or have been complying with all these edicts before they came along, because each time I see one of these articles I either have my 14yo read it or mention it.

She has told me for several years - canned veggies get tossed, but when fresh are served you better be in line early. Living in a rural area may have something to do with that, because most of the kids are used to eating fresh fruits and vegetables. “Canned” to a lot of them is what comes out of the Mason jar on the pantry shelf that they helped pick or put up.


29 posted on 10/01/2012 7:30:11 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
If they don't like Queen Moo's menu they should move to a free country where they can choose what they want to eat.


30 posted on 10/01/2012 7:31:23 AM PDT by Iron Munro (US Embassies Come and Go But An Obama Apology Lasts Forever)
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To: mosaicwolf

You learned to eat healthy thanks to your parents. Government has no business dictating what the kids eat or don’t.


31 posted on 10/01/2012 7:32:16 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: mosaicwolf

but I remember many times a a young boy sitting at the table for extended periods of time until I ate my vegetables.
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Yeah, that should work. “You can’t go back to your class till you finish your veggies...

Like GRANDMA used to say

“Eat every bean and pee[sic] on your plate”.
OR (one of the “oldies but goodies”)
“Don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear”.


32 posted on 10/01/2012 7:33:33 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: diverteach

“Kids are obese because they don’t get out and play.”

No, they aren’t. I produced a super geek, thanks to our technological age, who has always had access to junk food, and she’s skinny as a rail. I learned in nutrition class that if kids have access to a wide variety foods, that studies found they’d choose healthy food. I can’t tell you how many times I recycled the mini candy bar and chips in my daughter’s brown bag lunches. Kids are obese because of MSG (google MSG-rats) and high fructose corn syrup, as well as probably a few more food additives. I told my husband a couple days ago, I and most of my high school class mates ate at McDonalds every day and in a class of 300, we had one obese person who’d been that way from elementary school.


33 posted on 10/01/2012 7:36:29 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I keep thinking of this old cartoon where Porky is force-fed all these deserts to cure him of his piggieness.

34 posted on 10/01/2012 7:40:33 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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My son was always hungry when he was growing up. He played three sports and was always trying to gain weight. He is still thin at 28. Last night, he called while on his way home from work. He was on his way to Braum’s, where he was going to buy 5 hamburgers for $5.00, and he was planning to eat all of them. It’s a metabolism thing. I can’t imagine the school giving him 2 ounces of protein for lunch when he was in high school.


35 posted on 10/01/2012 7:40:42 AM PDT by Montanabound
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36 posted on 10/01/2012 7:40:48 AM PDT by KC_Lion ( Wherever I find myself standing, I forever stand with Israel.)
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The youth of America had better get used to the government shoving things down their throats, literally and figuratively. They are being educated in government schools, fed government food, taking out government-owned student loans, getting government healthcare, and working about half the year to pay for government.

In everything they do in life, they will be following government guidelines, getting government licenses, tip-toeing through a minefield of government regulations, and watching government propaganda on their TV and internet.

They are government livestock on a government tax and debt farm, owned from cradle to grave.


37 posted on 10/01/2012 7:40:53 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: P.O.E.

Desserts


38 posted on 10/01/2012 7:41:00 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Back when I was in elementary school in the 1960's, the schools had a low tech solution to encourage eating of your fruits and veggies.

You brought your empty tray to the cafeteria window to trade for a desert. Uneaten food on your tray meant no desert.

Of course, we learned how to stuff a lot of icky food into an empty milk carton to give the appearance that we'd eaten all of our food. But there was a limit on what you could stuff into the empty milk carton. And you learned to drop it into the trash bin ever so gently because if there was a tell-tale thud, the lunch ladies would fish it out of the trash, open it and dump it on your tray and tell you to either skip desert or finish your food.

They weren't squeamish about doing it either.

39 posted on 10/01/2012 7:41:22 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Texas Eagle
I did some research a while back on the government’s takeover of waste food donations through the Feeding America program.

Businesses are “encouraged” through huge tax write offs, advertising opportunities and P.R. initiatives to channel all their useable food waste through this government entity and not through local faith-based charities.

Of course the high-six figure salaried director of this program in a lady from you guessed it….

Chicago.

Feeding America has a Political action blog http://hungeractioncenter.org/ that businesses are “encouraged” to donate to as well.
40 posted on 10/01/2012 7:48:38 AM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Time to circle the wagons men)
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To: Montanabound

“My son was always hungry when he was growing up. He played three sports...”

My mother frequented, and was a friend of, our small town butcher. The man was wonderful. When I started dating his ex stock boy, the butcher would always ask my mother if “he” was coming to dinner to advise her how many pounds to buy. It was a running joke for years. “Normally, but if if Rick is coming....”


41 posted on 10/01/2012 7:49:55 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Vigilanteman
we learned how to stuff a lot of icky food into an empty milk carton to give the appearance that we'd eaten all of our food

I did that in 3rd grade, decades ago, and the teacher shook my milk carton and told me to drink my milk before I could go to recess... the "milk" was my uneaten beets.

42 posted on 10/01/2012 7:51:40 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: John 3_19-21

Link

http://help.feedingamerica.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Advocacy_Take_Action


43 posted on 10/01/2012 7:52:47 AM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Time to circle the wagons men)
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To: Iron Munro

Once the resistance is broken, they can doctor up food with sedating, long term medication or even advanced birth control methods (when developed) without the population knowing. It can be selectively applied upon unfavored population groups. After all, they did force the anti-cancer drug on pre-teens.


44 posted on 10/01/2012 7:53:42 AM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

LOL! This story could have been printed word-for-word as an accurate description of my school cafeteria in the 60s. After school we’d walk home and stop at a convenience store for Snickers Bars and Yo-Hos.


45 posted on 10/01/2012 7:54:23 AM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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LOL! This story could have been printed word-for-word as an accurate description of my school cafeteria in the 60s. After school we’d walk home and stop at a convenience store for Snickers Bars and Yo-Hos.


46 posted on 10/01/2012 7:55:06 AM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Tuanedge
Make Home Ec a required course, teach them how to cook, what to do with fruits and vegetables, and how to shop for dinner on a budget.

Make it mandatory that anyone applying for food stamps take such a course. It should also be emphasized to recipients that food stamps will pay for fruit, vegetable, and herb plants and seeds for growing your own.

I know all of this because I did have an EBT card for a while up until May 2011. My husband and i were busting our butts with odd jobs and selling my canned goods to keep a roof over our heads and our daughter fed and clothed. It was demeaning. I fully admit taking advantage of it because it freed up some cash so I could keep supplied in canning jars and freezer bags.

but I also stopped it as soon as I could - but had to do that by cutting up the card and sending it back because they insisted I was still eligible even when I no longer wanted it.

I apologize for my rant - but it infuriates me to no end that there is no accountability for those taking government handouts. I will never forget the day in the checkout line when I was ridiculed by the cashier for buying all of the ingredients to make lasagna from scratch with my EBT card and coupons and told I should do what the woman in front of me had done which was buying frozen Stouffer's lasagna. She had bought 5 family sized ones @ $14.99 each which fed her family of 3, 5 times. I spent $26 and was able to make enough lasagna for 10 dinners for the 3 of us with leftovers, and 2 more for dinners for 6. Hmmmm - who was the better steward of the "government" handout?

BTW - that woman is no longer buying those frozen lasagnas - she was recently convicted of numerous counts of welfare fraud.

47 posted on 10/01/2012 7:57:03 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
if they don't want them to end up in the garbage... don't FORCE THEM TO TAKE THEM!!!
48 posted on 10/01/2012 8:09:49 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Revolting cat!

Hide cash inside the banana peels.


49 posted on 10/01/2012 8:13:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: albie

I read an article about a school lunchroom that had a wonderful salad bar, including cheese and probably croutons - it was decimated by decree of Michelle Obama and turned into a tasteless wasteland of vegies, and the kids no longer flock to it as they had in the past when it contained food they actually liked.

While Michelle Obama has no qualms about taking 1.4 BILLION of our money so her family can live in luxury, she evidently thinks our children are no better than animals, to be attracted by colorful, shiny objects.

What a revolting, repulsive human being. Shame on those people who voted Obama and his family into our WH, and shame on those who would do it again.


50 posted on 10/01/2012 8:24:26 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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