Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday, September 25th, & LUNCH PRICE POLL RESULTS!

     What's for lunch Tuesday, September the 25th? Salami hoagie with broccoli salad.

     Here is a breakdown of what I ate for lunch on Tuesday the 25th.
  • 1 salami hoagie with cheese
  • 1/2 cup cut watermelon
  • 1/2 cup apricots
  • 1 can tomato juice-----------30 calories
  • 1/2 cup broccoli salad
  • 1/2 pint 1% low-fat milk-----100 calories
  • Miracle Whip----------------15 calories
     On any day that I don't want or like what is served for the hot entree at school, I can get a sandwich.  I probably eat a sandwich two or three times a week, just because I know what I am getting and know what to expect with it.  In the last couple of weeks, there have been many cucumber, broccoli, and cauliflower salads, all of which are very good.  They almost taste like my grandma made them!  This particular salad had cut broccoli, diced onions, crumbled bacon, white raisins and some sort of mayo based sauce.  I will probably be getting this quite often, when it is available.
     The results from the poll, Lunch Price, which asked the question, "How much does a lunch in your or your child's school cost?" are in!!  With a total of 68 votes over 7 days, here are the results.  

$ 3.25 and above
  5 (7%)
$ 2.75 - $ 3.25
  9 (13%)
$ 2.25 - $ 2.75
  39 (57%)
$ 1.75 - $ 2.25
  10 (14%)
Free - $ 1.75
  5 (7%)

     The price with the biggest number of respondents was $2.25 - $2.75, with 39 votes.  Free to $1.75 and $3.25 and above have the same number of votes, 5.  Do you have a suggestion for the next poll on The School Lunches Suck! Blog? If so, email me or comment below with your idea!! 
     If you are aware of what the High Plains Journal is, Trent Loos wrote an article in his column, The fight against the path to starvation, and he mentioned the blog in it!! How cool!!

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  1. I have worked in Child Nutrition for 25+ years and the USDA regulations have not really changed much. The increase in prices is now mandated by USDA. It is called "price equity" and the purpose is to ensure that the price for a paid meal covers the cost to provide the meal. USDA does not intend the reimbursement amount for free and reduced price meals to support the cost of a paid meal.
    also, the original purpose of the program was to provide 1/3 of the calorie and nutritional needs of an average student for lunch. Unfortunately, there are students whose nutritional needs are not average, but that does not change the purpose of the program. I find that students do not take full advantage of what is offered because they eat what they like. (I would too). I ate at one of our high schools yesterday and the meal DID meet the new requirements. I had a whole-muscle chicken breast patty (breaded like Chick Fil A, but baked, not fried) on a whole-grain bun with lettuce, tomato and pickle, 1/2 cup of green beans, 1/2 cup of oven baked fries, 1/2 cup of baby carrots and non-fat chocolate milk. I even had BBQ sauce for my sandwich.
    Clearly I am not a teenager, but it was a nice meal and the cost for a student is $2.40, $3.00 for adults.
    I am glad the the new regulations have everyone talking because it will surely make our programs better. Get involved with the food service staff at your school district. We always want to hear from out students...they are our customers and the base of our business. And yes, we are a business. We operate as an "enterprise" fund and receive NO funds from the district's general fund. We manage a $24 million dollar budget, in the black. Our success is in continuous improvement and hearing our customers. School Lunch Rocks!

  2. Hmm, that's a nice meal. I remember back in high school where pizza was two bucks a slice and other ones like taco salads and burritoes were five bucks.