The School Lunch Debate!

by Kathy Sykes on August 12, 2010 · 3 comments

Now that my son in starting Pre-K 3, he has the opportunity to have lunch in a “real” cafeteria and eat hot lunches if he wishes. Knowing that most three year olds are finicky eaters, I am keeping the option open to either send his lunch on a daily basis or send money for a hot lunch.

As I was talked to other parents who already have children in school, they brought to my attention the “School Lunch Debate”. The debate is not what you think. It’s not about the nutritional value of the school lunches (which is very important in itself), but about who can “afford” to eat hot lunches vs. bringing a lunch from home. REALLY??!! 

Are we really still dealing with the issue of “class” and “social status” in school? And is it really starting in Pre-K? If the answer to this question is yes, we have a long way to go, baby!

Thomas got a really cute Thomas and Friends lunchbox from one of our church members and he loves it soooo much. He cannot wait to take his lunch AND lunchbox to school. But what if he sees the other children getting a “hot” lunch and wants one of those too? Will he feel left out or different? Maybe so, but I think there are ways to make a lunch from home desirable and COOL!

Here is a picture of Thomas’ cool lunchbox and lunch for tomorrow………..

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First we add some of his favorite things………PB & J, cereal bar, fresh fruit and punch. I will be adding a note with plenty of stickers to make him feel special.

If Thomas comes home and wants a hot lunch sometime, I am not opposed to it. But I really believe that things made from scratch and from the heart are better than anything else and kids need to KNOW THAT!!

What is your opinion?

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Priya August 12, 2010 at 6:09 am

Thomas has a Thomas the train lunch box!!! How awesome. Can you make me my lunch everyday too, please?

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Victoria and MOM August 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm

We’ve carried the lunchbox from Pre-K through fourth grade; but, I always had money in her school lunch account just in case she wanted to purchase school lunch on those special days. I also placed MOM messages or a special treat a couple of times each week in her lunchbox.

This year {fifth grade}, we are eating school lunches because the cafeteria has joined the MICHELLE OBAMA healthy eating to fight obesity campaign. A variety of salads, fruits, milk, water, etc. has become “COOL”.

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Nanette August 18, 2010 at 1:31 am

Do what works for your family. Better yet, what works for Thomas. Just make sure he eats healthy and forget the nonsense about who can afford what!

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