Vend for yourself: comments roll in on competitive school foods - The Packer

Vend for yourself: comments roll in on competitive school foods

04/10/2013 05:17:00 AM
Tom Karst

Changing the food offered in schools is only one piece of the puzzle to address obesity in school. While the proposed change will not eliminate the sale of a la carte items in schools, a significant income source for many schools, by offering healthier choices it can be a win-win. There is much evidence to support the fact that healthier a la carte items CAN continue to be a valuable income stream so why not offer that?

Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback for consideration.


Kelly Hornish from Wisconsin is not happy with the whole grain standard:

 The food program is too regulated and kids are eating less food at school and over eating when they get home as they are so hungry. My kids use to take hot lunch 95% of the time, now they take it about 1%. My son, who is 10 is tired of cold lunch because he wants hot food, but will not eat all the whole grain BS they feed him. He is an excellent, fruit and vegetable eater, meats, and other items, but the whole grain is not appealing to his palate.

Thus I spend a lot more on packing cold lunch, and find it is less nutritious than what use to be served. I understand there are many kids who are overweight or unhealthy, but this is not the way to fix that problem. When I visit my son's lunch time at school, I see more food going into the trash than into the mouths of these children. My older kids, in high school, have resorted to packing lunches now too. You know it has to be bad when a teenager will pack a lunch! All this regulation has gone overboard. Feed the kids what they will eat. Keep the fruits and vegetables, great choices, but this whole grain business has to go. Please feed our children!


TK:  USDA will have plenty to sort through with the many thousands of comments on the competitive foods rule, but in my view the final product should not look a lot different than the proposed regulation.

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