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L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students [Meals Rejected "En Masse"!]
LATimes ^ | December 17, 2011 | Teresa Watanabe,

Posted on 12/17/2011 8:33:29 PM PST by Steelfish

L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students For many students, Los Angeles Unified's introduction of healthful lunches — part of a campaign against obesity, diabetes and other problems — has been a flop. The district says the menu will be revised.

By Teresa Watanabe December 17, 2011 It's lunchtime at Van Nuys High School and students stream into the cafeteria to check out the day's fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

But Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez don't even bother to line up. Iraides said the school food previously made her throw up, and Mayra calls it "nasty, rotty stuff." So what do they eat? The juniors pull three bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and soda from their backpacks.

"This is our daily lunch," Iraides says. "We're eating more junk food now than last year."

For many students, L.A. Unified's trailblazing introduction of healthful school lunches has been a flop. Earlier this year, the district got rid of chocolate and strawberry milk, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, nachos and other food high in fat, sugar and sodium. Instead, district chefs concocted such healthful alternatives as vegetarian curries and tamales, quinoa salads and pad Thai noodles.

There's just one problem: Many of the meals are being rejected en masse. Participation in the school lunch program has dropped by thousands of students. Principals report massive waste, with unopened milk cartons and uneaten entrees being thrown away. Students are ditching lunch, and some say they're suffering from headaches, stomach pains and even anemia. At many campuses, an underground market for chips, candy, fast-food burgers and other taboo fare is thriving.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: education; foodnazis; foodpolice; lausd; nannystate; publiceducation; publicschools; schools
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To: Yaelle

there are folks who text onto fr? beebelip belip blip blip beebeebeelip... doing that on a digit keyboard would drive me mad, and a chiclet qwerty not much better.


51 posted on 12/17/2011 10:06:12 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: DemforBush

Think your on to something. I say both cheaper ingredients and kitchen staff isn’t paying enough attention during the cooking process and just are not skilled enough to pull some stuff off day to day. Really not that surprising considering some of the stuff I have seen come out of restaurants.


52 posted on 12/17/2011 10:07:17 PM PST by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: bigbob

When I was in school, 1952-1964, I often ate at the lunchrooms. All the meals were excellent except the Aztec NM school in 1956 which were beyond horrible! Maccaroni every day and kids were puking it right back up, including me. I then talked mom into letting me take lunch.

In some locations I was close to home so ate my lunch there. Mom always made good lunches. What she made might be called junk today (lunch meat sandwiches, milk), not junk to us, but good food.


53 posted on 12/17/2011 10:11:34 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: DemforBush

Right, there are good black bean burgers and there are bad ones. But it still isn’t meat! ;)


54 posted on 12/17/2011 10:15:22 PM PST by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Fried Boloney and cheese sandwiches with pizza sauce was a hit that my Mom would make.

Tuna fish salad sandwich with mayo, celery and onions also rocked


55 posted on 12/17/2011 10:20:28 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: pepperhead

I love black beans, but not in a burger.


56 posted on 12/17/2011 10:21:24 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish

Since it’s the LA school district I would suspect that they would get 100% participation if they offered tacos, burritos, tamales and churros everyday.


57 posted on 12/17/2011 10:22:12 PM PST by waus (FUBO UFCMF, Just in case I stuttered, FUBO)
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To: pepperhead

Black beans, cooked with onion, pork,serrano, and finished with cilantro..

Yum


58 posted on 12/17/2011 10:23:30 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish

The kids are throwing away taxpayer funded FREE whole milk because it isn’t “chocolate”.


59 posted on 12/17/2011 10:27:53 PM PST by wolficatZ (Squeal like a pig. Yeehaw!)
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To: Yaelle

The eventual solution will probably be monitors who will force kids to clean their plates a la Cool Hand Luke.

(The monitors, being on duty, will notably not be eating in the cafeteria.)


60 posted on 12/17/2011 10:45:48 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Yaelle

Privatization, competition, and ownership stake in the end product and results.

There you go trying to be all logical and sensible again...


61 posted on 12/17/2011 11:06:29 PM PST by onona (FR is continuing education)
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To: LukeL
The real truth is the high crab diet is 100% poison for the cardiovascular system as well as messing with your insulin levels.


62 posted on 12/17/2011 11:34:31 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: Steelfish

Check out what Sasha & Malia eat at Sidwell Friends ...

http://www.sidwell.edu/documents/menus/ls_11-21-11.pdf

http://www.sidwell.edu/documents/menus/ms-us_11-21-11.pdf


63 posted on 12/17/2011 11:39:47 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: kcvl

Are those things made with gravel?


64 posted on 12/17/2011 11:58:13 PM PST by Anvilhead (Dammit Jim, I'm an American not an American't.)
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To: kcvl
Looks like turds with undigested food. "I love the way you use corn in there for texture Ralph. Boy, that's great" with apologies to Cheech and Chong from the "Ralph and Herbie" skit.
65 posted on 12/18/2011 12:00:40 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: kcvl
Now that does look familiar...

I've got it! The Andromeda Strain! It's dividing!

66 posted on 12/18/2011 12:28:26 AM PST by TChad
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To: Think free or die

“Our son is a high school swimmer, and he has been complaining that the new menu is so low in fat, carbs and calories that the lunches leave him hungry. I’ve already written a complaint to the food service director.”

Why not send him with a bag lunch with some sandwiches?

I don’t understand why the gov’t school is in charge of feeding the kids.


67 posted on 12/18/2011 12:31:11 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Steelfish

Bean sprouts and mush.

Gee, why don’t these kids chow down on such delicacies?


68 posted on 12/18/2011 12:34:24 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Steelfish

How much taxpayer money has been spent on this liberal food fantasy?

What is the cost of the uneaten “healthful menu” food that is trashed every day?

Liberals!

It’s not that they don’t know anything - it’s that everything they know is wrong.


69 posted on 12/18/2011 3:11:15 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Steelfish
Meals Rejected "En Masse"!

Since it's an L.A. school, shouldn't that be En Masa?

70 posted on 12/18/2011 3:16:45 AM PST by CougarGA7 ("History is politics projected into the past" - Michael Pokrovski)
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To: Steelfish

Kids bringing in forbidden snacks? Where are the Cheeto sniffing dogs? Search those backpacks and lockers for Snickers and chips!
Those kids can learn to love tofu pizza with okra sauce and black bean paste burgers.


71 posted on 12/18/2011 3:17:18 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: kcvl

Hold the phone!! Are you sure those are not pot laced chocolate chip cookies?


72 posted on 12/18/2011 3:22:17 AM PST by CougarGA7 ("History is politics projected into the past" - Michael Pokrovski)
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To: kcvl

Those things look like dry catfood after it is barfed up by kitteh. LOL


73 posted on 12/18/2011 3:24:09 AM PST by dforest
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To: Steelfish
Andre Jahchan, a 16-year-old sophomore at Esteban Torres High School, said the food was "super good" at the summer tasting at L.A. Unified's central kitchen. But on campus, he said, the chicken pozole was watery, the vegetable tamale was burned and hard, and noodles were soggy.

Bait and switch to prison food.

Among other complaints, Vanderbok said salads dated Oct. 7 were served Oct. 17. (Binkle said the dates indicate when the food is at its highest quality, not when it goes bad. They have been removed to avoid misinterpretation.)

Yeah, that'll make the kids want to eat the gruel.

74 posted on 12/18/2011 3:29:19 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: mylife
My mother and her sisters ran the lunch program at my HS.

I never ate that stuff.

75 posted on 12/18/2011 3:34:29 AM PST by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: JosephMama

I graduated in 1971 and I think school lunches are the reason that frozen pizza tastes good to me - if it didn’t have a red sauce on it, it wasn’t worth eating.


76 posted on 12/18/2011 3:37:44 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Steelfish

“Meanwhile Michelle’s in Hawaii doing some fine dining”.

Meanwhile Michelle’s in Hawaii doing some fine dining at taxpayers expense.

there, fixed that,


77 posted on 12/18/2011 4:09:08 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: JosephMama

“Who the hell wants beef nugget teriyaki with rice?”

Me! I love that kinda stuff.


78 posted on 12/18/2011 4:45:15 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“What’s a black bean burger? A vegan creation?”

Yeah Jack. But I’ve tried them, and they were quite good. Gave me the winds somethin’ fierce though!


79 posted on 12/18/2011 4:48:54 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Steelfish

If the students won’t eat government food, then the government needs to shut down all business associated with the production of non-government approved foods. /statist


80 posted on 12/18/2011 5:09:18 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Montanabound

Johnnie L Cochran Middle School??? You can’t make this stuff up!


If the food is not fit....you must a quit


81 posted on 12/18/2011 5:15:26 AM PST by RealImmigrant (National Security begins at the Border)
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To: bigbob

Actually the food at our school was good. But the free meal ticket folks just got cake with their free meal ticket.


82 posted on 12/18/2011 5:22:46 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Iron Munro

Let’s be honest. This was the liberal plan: “We have to save black people from themselves”. They heard about the obesity and diabetes in the black community and they decided they had the plan to save them. The imagined lines of black kids walking into the cafeteria, seeing the choices and saying “I no longer have to suffer by eating cheetos and soft drinks. I can now eat a healthy lunch. LONG LIVE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY, THE PARTY OF THE PEOPLE. LONG LIVE THE DEAR LEADER OBAMA AND QUEEN MICHELLE. WE WILL DOUBLE OUR PRODUCTION OF VOTES IN THE 5 YEAR PLAN. DEATH TO THE REPUBLICANS”


83 posted on 12/18/2011 5:29:04 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Steelfish

Has anyone other than me noticed Burger King fries suck now? I used to love them. They were giving away fries on the 16th and I heard the radio ad. They wanted people to try their “new thicker cut less salt fries.” No more BK fries for me. I love salt.


84 posted on 12/18/2011 6:01:52 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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To: kcvl

That looks like something I find out in my Uncle’s cow pasture.


85 posted on 12/18/2011 6:39:24 AM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: trebb
...I think school lunches are the reason that frozen pizza tastes good to me...

C Rations in the Air Force made me appreciate almost anything that did not come out of an OD Green can.

86 posted on 12/18/2011 6:48:35 AM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: OldMissileer

I ate a few C-rats in my 24 years in the AF and agree - they were nutritious, but tasted like crap.


87 posted on 12/18/2011 7:19:41 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Exit148
"bread"

For eight years of grade school and four years of high school my lunch consisted mostly of either a baloney lunchmeat or peanut butter sandwich and an apple. Milk from a vending machine. In high school I had an occasional bag of potato chips or ice cream bar to go along with the sandwich and apple. How did I, and the hundreds of other kids who ate similarly to me, survive?

88 posted on 12/18/2011 7:30:14 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
"beyond horrible"

I had a similar experience in grade school for a few months back in the early sixties. The food was indescribably awful. But I'll try to describe some of it anyway. For instance, I wish I had a little of the ahem "peanut butter" i.e. industrial sludge they used to serve. I still have nightmares. And I'd like to make the school officials who bought this stuff for us kids eat it and all other slop they served at the point of a gun with my finger on the trigger.

89 posted on 12/18/2011 7:37:09 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Steelfish

The teachers love this food though. I’ve been wolfing down a quinoa salad every day. I mean, they are awesome! High fiber, seems to be pretty high protein... a small amount is quite filling. But yeah, the kids want Hot Cheetos and cupcakes. And their parents apparently just let them eat whatever they want.


90 posted on 12/18/2011 8:13:57 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: wolficatZ

These kids throw away TONS of good food. And a huge percentage of them are overweight.


91 posted on 12/18/2011 8:18:23 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: DemforBush
Preparation may well be as much of a problem as the dishes themselves. It could also be that the “super good” dishes at the summer testing used better ingredients and had fewer cost constraints than the actual school kitchens. “Fresh” ingredients cost more than institutional-grade mystery meat, so it’s not impossible the schools are cutting corners on the recipes in order to keep the food costs low.

Or, more likely, administrators getting kickbacks to not question food quality from the suppliers.

School cafeterias are an example of socialism. To improve food quality, competition is needed. The minimum would be to allow students to bring their own food if they don't like the cafeteria food (which isn't allowed in some places). In high schools, the population is generally large enough to support two or more vendors.

92 posted on 12/18/2011 8:25:00 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: Steelfish

So what prevents their mothers from making them a sandwich the morning/night-before they go to school?


93 posted on 12/18/2011 9:34:57 AM PST by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: Steelfish

One way to reduce this waste by about 17% or more would be to allow the kids to test out of grade 12. Speaking for myself, I would have been FAR better off turning 18 in a college or military environment.


94 posted on 12/18/2011 9:38:31 AM PST by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: mylife
We loved Pizza day and Spaghetti day! Even though it was made on site by the lunch ladies.

Yep, and it was called "whole wheat pizza" on the menu...and that was in the 1960's. We also liked the turkey and gravy served over mashed potatoes and the mac and cheese. Those cafeteria ladies could really cook.

Why not conduct a survey amount the kids and present a list of relatively healthy but good-tasting foods they would actually EAT? Then keep the school's daily menu limited to what the food choices they selected. Anyone who has kids knows they don't mind eating the same things over and over.

Beats throwing out perfectly good food!

95 posted on 12/18/2011 12:03:46 PM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.))
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To: truthkeeper

No “whole wheat” pizza! blech.

Ive had potato pizza with fried italian greens and garlic, white sauce and romano cheese and it is yummy, but I say “no” to whole wheat crust.

Nothing wrong with turkey and gravy served over mashed potatoes.


96 posted on 12/18/2011 12:11:55 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish

The school I went to did not have a cafeteria, everyone brought their own lunch and we paid for little cartons of milk. If you didn’t bring a lunch, you didn’t eat unless someone didn’t like their bologna sandwich and gave it to you! Amazingly, even the “poor” kids managed to bring a lunch each and every day and back then there were a lot of families who had upwards of 8 to 10 or more kids and they all ate breakfast, brought a lunch and sat down for dinner, no starving, hungry kids back then - geez, these days look at how far we’ve come thanks to liberals.


97 posted on 12/18/2011 12:22:44 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: kcvl

Those look almost like chocolate chip cookies, except for the parsley.


98 posted on 12/18/2011 12:24:09 PM PST by thecodont
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To: mylife
I know, it sounds gross, but it was really good. But back then (1965-1970) we had an in-house cafeteria staff that cooked everything fresh every day...and it was loaded with cheese. Must have been good, they always ran out and it always got eaten.

I understand most school cafeterias now do not have a cooking staff. The food is cooked off-site and boxed up and brought in. Sounds pretty unappealing.

99 posted on 12/18/2011 12:26:11 PM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.))
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To: truthkeeper

I just feel that crust is one of the most important components of pizza.

I like traditional.


100 posted on 12/18/2011 12:36:29 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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