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Re-imagining hot lunch

Original post made on Jul 1, 2014

Most people don't have fond memories of school lunches, but the Mountain View Whisman School District is taking steps to change that by revamping menus, improving the quality and bolstering student participation.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 9:53 AM

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Posted by MVCA mom
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

I really hope the district can do something about the school lunches. They are just awful. I never let my child eat them anymore after giving it a few tries and hearing about chicken patties that were still frozen in the middle and seeing kids being served Cheetos (reduced sodium, but still total junk) and chocolate milk. So at his school, it's basically only the free and reduced price lunch kids who eat school lunches. The more well-off kids have parents who are able to feed them better, and do. I would gladly support school meals if they were of better quality, but so far it's just a disgrace.


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Posted by Food was good
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Food was good, i can't remember it being bad and that was over 30yrs ago.

It worked, here I am a fine example of human form.

Bottom line there is nothing broken, just a few yahoos making noise.


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Posted by MV mom
a resident of Castro City
on Jul 1, 2014 at 3:06 pm

It would be an enlightening project to compare what the kids who on free/reduced price lunch are fed vs what those who bring food from home eat on a given school day. It is so depressing to see a very easily distracted first grader being fed - a cinnamon roll, a package of graham crackers and apple juice as his free breakfast, eaten at recess as his first/only meal of the morning. Did he or his teacher have any chance of keeping calm and focused after that sugar-packed "breakfast"?? Follow the breakfast by a terrible lunch as the main food for many kids. I would have loved it if a healthy meal were served at lunch and I didn't have to pack lunch every day.

The district didn't need to do a study to figure out they were serving lousy food to poor kids - any single visit to a school cafeteria was enough to know that and all the parents are disappointed by food options at school. A low-income mom lamented that her son had learned to eat pizza and junk food at elementary school and now refused to eat her soups, beans and other home-cooked food.

Read this book to understand how we got here and what works for healthy lunches:
Web Link

I know someone who worked in a low-income school in another community and they switched to 100% healthy lunches, fruit only for dessert and she said it to 6 weeks until the kids started devouring and enjoying fruits and veggies as part of their lunch. They nearly gave up but said the kids learned to love fruits, soups, vegetables, etc.


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Posted by Scott Lamb
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Scott Lamb is a registered user.

This is old news! What happened at the meeting on June 27th? Did they renew the Sodexo contract by June 30th?


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Posted by Dennis
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 1, 2014 at 10:59 pm

I well remember eating hot lunch in the school cafeterias at both Wilbur Junior High School and Cubberley High School back in the sixties and it to me was a treat. Everyone got the same meal and was served on a cafeteria tray with milk and dessert. They were alway good, healthy, and I loved them.


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Posted by Ellen Wheeler
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 2, 2014 at 12:30 am

To answer the question above, at our board meeting on June 30 our board was presented with 3 bids from food service companies. One of those companies was Sodexo. All 3 of the bids were higher than expected, so our superintendent and CBO recommended declining to accept any of the bidders. The board accepted that recommendation. Our CBO will be working over the summer to finish this process so our school children can have fresh, healthy food when they come back to school in August. (I am a MVWSD school board member.)


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