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2020-09-22 11:00:03 PM  
My daughter is in kindergarten. She's been to school two days. They're doing all free lunches for everybody right now. First day was mac n cheese.

Second day I ask her what she had for lunch and she said it was "cereal fun lunch". WTF? Did they just give her cereal?

I don't even mind, it is a fun thing to do. But on day two? Save that shiat for the doldrums of February.
 
2020-09-23 12:02:32 AM  

jaylectricity: My daughter is in kindergarten. She's been to school two days. They're doing all free lunches for everybody right now. First day was mac n cheese.

Second day I ask her what she had for lunch and she said it was "cereal fun lunch". WTF? Did they just give her cereal?

I don't even mind, it is a fun thing to do. But on day two? Save that shiat for the doldrums of February.


They're feeding your kid the cheapest shiat they can get.  If Purina marketed Kid Chow, that's what your kid would be eating.  Soylent Green, if their distributor offers it.  It's not about nutritious meals for you kid, it's about whatever the market will bear.

If I had kids, they'd take their lunch.
 
2020-09-23 12:33:35 AM  

jaylectricity: My daughter is in kindergarten. She's been to school two days. They're doing all free lunches for everybody right now.


TANSTAAFL
 
2020-09-23 12:35:46 AM  
Raynor said the meals are being provided to students free-of-charge through the end of the year thanks to a program through the USDA amid the coronavirus pandemic

plus

the district began contracting meals through a company that provides meals for school districts across the country, Sudexo, at the beginning of the school year

equals GRIFT

(someone check my math)
 
2020-09-23 12:38:45 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: jaylectricity: My daughter is in kindergarten. She's been to school two days. They're doing all free lunches for everybody right now. First day was mac n cheese.

Second day I ask her what she had for lunch and she said it was "cereal fun lunch". WTF? Did they just give her cereal?

I don't even mind, it is a fun thing to do. But on day two? Save that shiat for the doldrums of February.

They're feeding your kid the cheapest shiat they can get.  If Purina marketed Kid Chow, that's what your kid would be eating.  Soylent Green, if their distributor offers it.  It's not about nutritious meals for you kid, it's about whatever the market will bear.

If I had kids, they'd take their lunch.


And they'd quickly ditch that fancy Purina stuff for the Walmart store brand Pure Balance kiddy kibble.
 
2020-09-23 12:40:21 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: If Purina marketed Kid Chow, that's what your kid would be eating.


Ralston (same company) did indeed make breakfast cereals at one point. They were actually pretty good.
 
2020-09-23 12:44:17 AM  
I'd eat a turkey-sausage waffle, don't think I wouldn't.
 
2020-09-23 12:44:44 AM  
When I was in school the district had their own cooks. They were repetitive but not bad. The gravy with ground something was a highlight. Decent pizza. The burgers were pretty good once you dumped your salad on them.

One town over a grammar school hired a real chef and the meals looked farking great. They kept it on budget and gave the kids really good lunches. I doubt they do that anymore. Too bad.

The stuff in the story is horrible looking.
 
2020-09-23 12:46:54 AM  
We got a lump of dry poison.
 
2020-09-23 12:47:31 AM  
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2020-09-23 12:47:52 AM  
In D.C. in the 1980's, the school lunches were centrally made..And they were, essentially, airplane food..
The only time I didn't take a lunch was on pancake and sausage day...Because the pancakes and sausage
were awesome...Everything else was crap, and a skimpy amount of crap at that..
 
2020-09-23 12:48:19 AM  
That was pretty pathetic.  Somehow the people at EatClub manage to deliver hot (well, lukewarm) and cold entrees from area restaurants.  Sure they're a Silicon Valley thing, and each meal is like $15, but still.  I'm sure you could make it substantially cheaper if you did all the prep in-house and only had one or two menu options every day instead of like 30.

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2020-09-23 12:49:46 AM  

skyotter: I'd eat a turkey-sausage waffle, don't think I wouldn't.


I'd want to reheat the turkey and waffle in the microwave though.  And maybe add some maple syrup.
 
2020-09-23 12:50:49 AM  
That first meal pictured would have been the bomb if they used about a quarter stick of butter, 8 ounces maple syrup on the waffle and sausage.  Since it was the south, maybe white sausage gravy on the sausage and waffle?

Since kids are considered some kind of "precious resource," and the schools aren't allowed to smother broccoli or stuff the celery with nacho cheese sauce flavored product until they're old enough to vote or have a heart attack, kids will not eat school vegetables.

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2020-09-23 12:52:05 AM  

recombobulator: That was pretty pathetic.  Somehow the people at EatClub manage to deliver hot (well, lukewarm) and cold entrees from area restaurants.  Sure they're a Silicon Valley thing, and each meal is like $15, but still.  I'm sure you could make it substantially cheaper if you did all the prep in-house and only had one or two menu options every day instead of like 30.

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They're aiming for something more in the $1.50 range.
 
2020-09-23 12:53:37 AM  
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2020-09-23 12:55:23 AM  
Prisoners get better food. That stuff for the kids is disgusting.
 
2020-09-23 12:55:55 AM  
School lunches have NEVER been good. Never ever.
 
2020-09-23 12:57:18 AM  
You do know you can pack a lunch for your child
 
2020-09-23 12:58:31 AM  
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2020-09-23 12:58:32 AM  

Electrode: Benevolent Misanthrope: If Purina marketed Kid Chow, that's what your kid would be eating.

Ralston (same company) did indeed make breakfast cereals at one point. They were actually pretty good.


I actually remember those.  Yeah, they weren't bad.  But still not a nutritious lunch.
 
2020-09-23 12:58:49 AM  

Russ1642: Benevolent Misanthrope: jaylectricity: My daughter is in kindergarten. She's been to school two days. They're doing all free lunches for everybody right now. First day was mac n cheese.

Second day I ask her what she had for lunch and she said it was "cereal fun lunch". WTF? Did they just give her cereal?

I don't even mind, it is a fun thing to do. But on day two? Save that shiat for the doldrums of February.

They're feeding your kid the cheapest shiat they can get.  If Purina marketed Kid Chow, that's what your kid would be eating.  Soylent Green, if their distributor offers it.  It's not about nutritious meals for you kid, it's about whatever the market will bear.

If I had kids, they'd take their lunch.

And they'd quickly ditch that fancy Purina stuff for the Walmart store brand Pure Balance kiddy kibble.


Damn straight.
 
2020-09-23 12:59:45 AM  

recombobulator: That was pretty pathetic.  Somehow the people at EatClub manage to deliver hot (well, lukewarm) and cold entrees from area restaurants.  Sure they're a Silicon Valley thing, and each meal is like $15, but still.  I'm sure you could make it substantially cheaper if you did all the prep in-house and only had one or two menu options every day instead of like 30.

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Only Silicon Valley parents could afford a 15 buck a day lunch for their kid - jesus, i wouldn't even go for a 15 dollar a day lunch  most of the time (unless i'm door-dashing). Just make a damn bag lunch, wtf?! Ridiculous.You realize schools receive funding for school lunches better than the original post, correct?
 
2020-09-23 1:00:53 AM  

jaylectricity: My daughter is in kindergarten. She's been to school two days. They're doing all free lunches for everybody right now. First day was mac n cheese.

Second day I ask her what she had for lunch and she said it was "cereal fun lunch". WTF? Did they just give her cereal?

I don't even mind, it is a fun thing to do. But on day two? Save that shiat for the doldrums of February.


Pack her a lunch, for some children this might be the one meal they get for a day
 
2020-09-23 1:01:11 AM  

Gyrfalcon: School lunches have NEVER been good. Never ever.


When I was in elementary school, just the smell of the lunchroom made me feel like puking. High school had edible lunches but 90% of the time I packed a lunch even then, because "edible" is still a low bar.
 
2020-09-23 1:03:02 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: jaylectricity: My daughter is in kindergarten. She's been to school two days. They're doing all free lunches for everybody right now. First day was mac n cheese.

Second day I ask her what she had for lunch and she said it was "cereal fun lunch". WTF? Did they just give her cereal?

I don't even mind, it is a fun thing to do. But on day two? Save that shiat for the doldrums of February.

They're feeding your kid the cheapest shiat they can get.  If Purina marketed Kid Chow, that's what your kid would be eating.  Soylent Green, if their distributor offers it.  It's not about nutritious meals for you kid, it's about whatever the market will bear.

If I had kids, they'd take their lunch.


I've eaten monkey chow before it is dry but edible.  Freaking monkey enrichment jumble is godawful.  Autoclaved trailmix.
 
2020-09-23 1:03:09 AM  

Rik01: Prisoners get better food. That stuff for the kids is disgusting.


Nutraloaf.
 
2020-09-23 1:05:40 AM  
I am sure the school will address this issue in a responsible manner and will ban kids from taking pictures of their lunches.
 
2020-09-23 1:07:53 AM  

BMFPitt: recombobulator: That was pretty pathetic.  Somehow the people at EatClub manage to deliver hot (well, lukewarm) and cold entrees from area restaurants.  Sure they're a Silicon Valley thing, and each meal is like $15, but still.  I'm sure you could make it substantially cheaper if you did all the prep in-house and only had one or two menu options every day instead of like 30.

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They're aiming for something more in the $1.50 range.


Oatmeal it is then.
 
2020-09-23 1:12:50 AM  
No one cares about you between the time you're pushed out and you get a job. The solution is to lower the working age to five.

But seriously, other places do much better lunches for children. We don't even try.
 
2020-09-23 1:17:59 AM  
Sodexho is evil. In uni we still refer to the meals as "Sodhexellent" which refers to the Manos: The Hands of Fate of the culinary world, for approx. $20 a meal or $7 per component.

And even I pity those kids, who apparently were served the Torgo of cafeteria fare.

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2020-09-23 1:19:25 AM  

recombobulator: BMFPitt: recombobulator: That was pretty pathetic.  Somehow the people at EatClub manage to deliver hot (well, lukewarm) and cold entrees from area restaurants.  Sure they're a Silicon Valley thing, and each meal is like $15, but still.  I'm sure you could make it substantially cheaper if you did all the prep in-house and only had one or two menu options every day instead of like 30.

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They're aiming for something more in the $1.50 range.

Oatmeal it is then.


Hey, oatmeal is good stuff, with the right dot of sugar or syrup or a few chocolate chips to stir in while it's hot. Kids could do worse than oatmeal.
 
2020-09-23 1:22:15 AM  
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2020-09-23 1:25:00 AM  

Gyrfalcon: School lunches have NEVER been good. Never ever.


Mine (public school, 90's) weren't all that bad. But then again they were paid for by the students in an upper/middle class town. Breakfast was only if you had the secret password. Seriously, nobody realized they would cook you a breakfast sandwich if you wanted. I would eat that food to this day...
 
2020-09-23 1:28:00 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: If Purina marketed Kid Chow, that's what your kid would be eating. Soylent Green, if their distributor offers it.


Are you kidding? Soylent is like $3-4 per serving.  No way those kids are getting that kind of luxury dining.
 
2020-09-23 1:28:52 AM  
Stop allowing schools to contract out their lunch programs and  fund then better and the lunches will get better.
 
2020-09-23 1:28:55 AM  

Electrode: Benevolent Misanthrope: If Purina marketed Kid Chow, that's what your kid would be eating.

Ralston (same company) did indeed make breakfast cereals at one point. They were actually pretty good.


Yup. General Mills bought those brands back in the 90s.

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Oddly enough, the "Muddy Buddies" recipe at the bottom is also commonly known as "puppy chow".
 
2020-09-23 1:31:44 AM  
Oh, and no served meals were to be had until middle school...
 
2020-09-23 1:39:38 AM  

Ruthven13: Gyrfalcon: School lunches have NEVER been good. Never ever.

Mine (public school, 90's) weren't all that bad.


I went to 14 different public schools and one private school in 12 years of primary and secondary education in the 70s and early 80s.  (I was raised by gypsies.)  ALL of the public schools served decent or better food in their cafeterias.  The private school (a Catholic school, 2nd grade) required students bring their lunches, and your teacher would sell cold milk and candy bars from her desk.

But then, the public schools got USDA surplus staples like cheese and ground beef.  That doesn't happen anymore.

It was better than the dorm food I got in college, that's for sure.  Yep, Sodexho.

My son started going to public school in 2008.  The food served now makes the mass-produced tuna salad sandwiches and frozen burritos look appetizing.  The schools don't have kitchens.  There is one central "kitchen" that takes pre-packaged food from some factory somewhere, reheats it if appropriate, and ships it out to the lunchrooms across the district.  The closest thing to real food is the "salad bar" which is pre-packaged salad mix and the cheapest, least appealing salad dressing you can imagine.  Cafeteria workers are basically only there to unpack the bins and lay out the food for the students.

It's shockingly bad.
 
2020-09-23 1:43:18 AM  

bughunter: makes the mass-produced tuna salad sandwiches and frozen burritos sold at gas stations look appetizing


Oops, brain/finger buffer overflow.
 
2020-09-23 1:46:57 AM  

maxandgrinch: That first meal pictured would have been the bomb if they used about a quarter stick of butter, 8 ounces maple syrup on the waffle and sausage.  Since it was the south, maybe white sausage gravy on the sausage and waffle?

Since kids are considered some kind of "precious resource," and the schools aren't allowed to smother broccoli or stuff the celery with nacho cheese sauce flavored product until they're old enough to vote or have a heart attack, kids will not eat school vegetables.

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If it is the south it would be RC Cola and a Moon Pie.

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2020-09-23 1:48:53 AM  
Not to get all political, but this is what happens when you elect people more interested in the bottom line than the quality of the product. Sodexo is a horrible company only worried about the bottom line, and school (all) lunches should be handled by people that care about their product. No one hires Sodexo because of their stellar reputation. They hire Sodexo because it's the absolute cheapest option and they're being forced by the state or federal government to provide meals. It's telling that the majority of Sodexo contracts in the US come from Republican strongholds.
 
2020-09-23 2:01:42 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: jaylectricity: My daughter is in kindergarten. She's been to school two days. They're doing all free lunches for everybody right now. First day was mac n cheese.

Second day I ask her what she had for lunch and she said it was "cereal fun lunch". WTF? Did they just give her cereal?

I don't even mind, it is a fun thing to do. But on day two? Save that shiat for the doldrums of February.

They're feeding your kid the cheapest shiat they can get.  If Purina marketed Kid Chow, that's what your kid would be eating.  Soylent Green, if their distributor offers it.  It's not about nutritious meals for you kid, it's about whatever the market will bear.

If I had kids, they'd take their lunch.


Jack In The Box used to be owned by Purina so in a sense they did. Back in the 70s we used to laugh at the burger wrappers with Purina on them.
 
2020-09-23 3:01:25 AM  
School board members should be required to eat the same lunches as the students.  In fact, each day they should go to a different school in their district for lunch, chosen at random and without warning.
 
2020-09-23 3:02:00 AM  

Kraig57: maxandgrinch: That first meal pictured would have been the bomb if they used about a quarter stick of butter, 8 ounces maple syrup on the waffle and sausage.  Since it was the south, maybe white sausage gravy on the sausage and waffle?

Since kids are considered some kind of "precious resource," and the schools aren't allowed to smother broccoli or stuff the celery with nacho cheese sauce flavored product until they're old enough to vote or have a heart attack, kids will not eat school vegetables.

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If it is the south it would be RC Cola and a Moon Pie.

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That looks healthier than the school lunch photo.
 
2020-09-23 3:43:23 AM  
Haven't had school food since the early 90s in middle school. The only good meals i remember were the pizzas (square or hexagonal), burgers, and the little beef and bean burritos.
 
2020-09-23 4:49:49 AM  

OgreMagi: Kraig57: maxandgrinch: That first meal pictured would have been the bomb if they used about a quarter stick of butter, 8 ounces maple syrup on the waffle and sausage.  Since it was the south, maybe white sausage gravy on the sausage and waffle?

Since kids are considered some kind of "precious resource," and the schools aren't allowed to smother broccoli or stuff the celery with nacho cheese sauce flavored product until they're old enough to vote or have a heart attack, kids will not eat school vegetables.

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If it is the south it would be RC Cola and a Moon Pie.

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That looks healthier than the school lunch photo.


The wrapper on the moon pie would be healthier than the 'food' in school lunch photo.
 
2020-09-23 5:07:59 AM  

Gyrfalcon: School lunches have NEVER been good. Never ever.


I grew up in a tiny town in Texas during the 80's/90's, and at least half of what they served was made on site by the ancient women working in our cafeteria. Most of it was really good, and I was a ridiculously picky kid. Then, when I was 12 I started going to a different school in a much larger town about 40 miles away. Very bland, industrial airline/prison type garbage like you see here. Mostly inedible, unless you had a fondness for shiatty cheeseburgers (which, admittedly, I do).

/the dinner rolls from my first school were ambrosial
//took me years to figure out the recipe (or a reasonable facsimile thereof)
 
2020-09-23 5:13:54 AM  
Looks pretty much on par to what I had in the 80s-early 90s in school. Grey, bland, soggy , over/undercooked at the same time. Our schools mostly just heated up stuff in convection ovens and put it out, not a lot of cooking going on in those kitchens.
 
2020-09-23 5:50:56 AM  

grimlock1972: Stop allowing schools to contract out their lunch programs and  fund then better and the lunches will get better.


Ah, there it is. Just increase funding. Yep, ever penny will go to tasty, nutritious lunches. Not to another vice principle salary, new sportsball equipment or high tech gadgets that do not elevate the level of education one bit.
 
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