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View Diary: Paul Ryan's brown bag lunch story wasn't entirely untrue. Just the part that mattered. (197 comments)

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  •  I've volunteered in schools since 1980 (4+ / 0-)

    And the meals, using gov. subsidy foods such as cheese and mashed potato flakes were good, homemade type spaghetti, mac and cheese, stew, chicken and dumplings etc.  Then they started doing away with the local school lunchroom cooks and making it all at a central location.  Next they got into privatizing it out to the lowest bidder, guess how great THAT food was.  Everything was named brands but made especially for schools where the taste and condition of the food went to a captive audience and all that mattered was the price.

    Also, most of the kid's parents now do take out, take and bake, or eat out and it's all fast food.  These kids wouldn't know good food if it should happen to be served to them.

    Breakfasts are so sugary and salty that it's a wonder the kids can kick start their brains with that junk.  I agree with whomever said that it's difficult to make large amounts of food prepared and kept warm taste good.  Every school district needs a nutritionist, and every school needs a real kitchen in their lunch room, with lunch ladies who make pans of the same things they serve at home (they will all have to be over 50).

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