Sources: School nutrition failure is overblown - The Packer

Sources: School nutrition failure is overblown

08/28/2013 04:41:00 PM
Tom Karst

“Those schools that were making incremental changes over the last couple of years are in good shape and the transition to healthier school meals has gone really smoothly,” she said. For those schools, the new nutrition regulations are working wonderfully, DiSogra said.

Speaking to the issue, an Oct. 1 workshop at the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C, will focus on schools and their produce suppliers that have been successful in incorporating more fruits and vegetables in the school environment, DiSogra said.

Confirmed speakers at the session include: Marla Caplon, director of child nutrition, Montgomery County School District, Rockville, Md.; Jessica Shelly, food services director, Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio; Sean Leer, vice president of sales for Gold Star Foods, Ontario, Calif.; Phil Muir, president and chief executive officer, Copper Canyon Farms, Salt Lake City, Utah; Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Coral Gables, Fla.

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Arizona  |  August, 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Since when have school districts been in the profit making business? Losing money on their lunch program is not possible. Also what school district in their right mind turns down free food? 99.9% of kids hate vegetables and given a choice won't eat them, those same 99.9% love fruit. My daughter won't eat "green things", one son won't eat any "vingentunbles" as he calls them, but he'll eat apples, pears, grapes and any other fruit like there is no tomorrow. The 2nd son will eat some vegetables and not others, but eats fruit just like his brother. I hated vegetables too when I was 7. I turned out okay.

Connecticut  |  August, 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM

It's not about profit, it's about a bottom line. If kids aren't buying the meals, the reimbursement doesn't make up for the difference. Schools then have to make up that deficit with higher property taxes. And there is no "free food" schools are getting - they're getting a portion of the cost of the meal reimbursed. Kids can learn to eat vegetables. Like this article said it's a matter of preparing them gradually instead of dropping a whole new menu on them without warning.

Arizona  |  August, 29, 2013 at 06:52 PM

Right about the finances Meg, and yes:"Kids can learn to eat vegetables". That's the whole point. For those naysayers who suggest there is no need, there is plenty of evidence about nutritional imbalances in the kid population. The public interest demands that schools not only offer a quality education but also wholesome meals. Advice to parents: Don't wait and grow old trying to find out if you and your kids "eat OK".

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Missouri  |  October, 29, 2013 at 01:04 PM

Before the new rules we had a very nice salad bar - now we have prepackaged salads that are prone to making one ill. This was done on account of the requirement that certain things be included, which can still be thrown away.

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