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Jodi Hallen November 14, 2012 at 08:24 pm
One of the board members said at the board meeting that information can be interpreted in manyRead More different ways and that the new menu items in the elementary schools are "revamped and nutritional" .... Please... Share how onion rings and bosco sticks are nutritional and that elementary school children should be back to eating that over baked and unprocessed foods?
Greenbyrd November 2, 2012 at 12:14 am
Bill, I do believe you may be from MARS. You are trying to align some strange correlation betweenRead More serving kids a healthy, well-balanced meal at school and a political movement! I love Tex's idea of "supply and demand"...cut off the demand, and the supply must change! GREAT idea, but when your "supply" is 31 million kids who can NOT choose to pack their lunch (aka a captive audience) the change can not happen. As for being on "Michelle's agenda"...assuming you refer to our First Lady, I am on No one's agenda! I volunteer to feed kids healthy, well-balanced meals with NO connection to government IN ANY WAY! Funded by ME!
Bill November 2, 2012 at 05:20 am
Name calling, really? Let’s recap what others have posted… Mary Keptke 1:18 pm onRead More Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Bullies come in all shapes and sizes. Please do not use our children to accomplish your agenda. Donna 1:57 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 then the same 4 or 5 people (Stacey Appelstein, Jill Florin, Jodi Hallen, and Greenbyrd) of the group keep posing comments. It's a very small group of people pushing their agenda. Mary Keptke 4:32 pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 The NIS is a very small group of “concerned citizens” who bully people. If you do not agree with everything they say they intimidate you and imply that you want to not do the right thing for the children of Upper Dublin Jill Florin 12:57 pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @bill..fyi...I thought you would find this interesting...as I said kids will always rebel, but eventually they give in because there is no choice and as long as it is for the better interest of the kids, there is nothing wrong with that...we need to ride the waves con't
Bill November 2, 2012 at 05:22 am
Again the radical mentality playing psychological head games to accomplish a motive is disgusting.Read More Jill’s prior comment, “but eventually they give in because there is no choice and as long as it is for the better interest”. The tactic of only offering false choices and thus let them THINK that they have freedom to choose, but mean while we will keep taking away their choices until they make the choice that you choose is dishonest. If you are using these learned tactics concerning “lunch” what would you do with issues concerning morals such as birth and euthanasia issues? Your group is SCARY. Hey um, there is no physical interaction between the NIS and our children… is there? BTW where did you learn those tactics?
Joe Koenig October 18, 2012 at 06:38 pm
@Jill: Which is why I questioned following the Federal guidelines!! Please check your response toRead More me. " @joe...are you saying that we should not comply with something that is for the better health of the children?" Do you think that the UD community might have a better idea as to the issues within our community. Blanket regulations are not helpful, they only throw up barriers to sucess.
Jill Florin October 18, 2012 at 07:12 pm
@Joe...so sorry Joe...I misunderstood. As regulations are such a broad term and there are so many.Read More I was referring to the newest regulations where there must be a fruit or vegetable on the plate. The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, I think is a step in the right direction. The other regulations are not all so good, as I stated above, adn yes I definitely feel that if we could just do what we felt worked best for our kids in our community we would be a lot better off. But, as I had stated, as long as you are a public school,I believe you have no choice in the matter, but to follow the regulations if you want to get paid. I do not think that the school even has an option not to follow the guidelines because they are a public school, and the kids that would be hurt if they would not follow the guidelines would be the free and reduced, as they would then have to pay....it is so complicated to follow, and yes these types of regulations do throw up barriers to success...I full heartedly agree :)
Greenbyrd October 18, 2012 at 07:16 pm
Joe, guess you didn't read the part about UD getting one quarter of a MILLION dollars in state andRead More federal funds per school year...PLUS the $35,000 to $45,000 in commodity foods, PLUS a $15,000 dairy grant! Over 30% of UD food service budget comes from government reimbursements...if you can get the school board to give that up, I will re -organize the food service to be a profitable business...gratis! But, in the mean time, the federally mandated wellness policy was created for school districts to dictate the foods they do and do not want served to it's students! And to those who say leave the food decisions up to the professionals ( as only one board member is a physician), I say, the food "experts "in our government have been in charge of the National School Lunch Program for 7 decades...and look at the health of America's children! Did you know 8 ounces of milk is considered a serving for a 6 yr. girl and a 16 yr. boy? The fed knows this is a huge problem. Kids have gotten used to "fast food" at school, it is going to be tough to turn them around, but not impossible. I have proof of this. I teach the so-called " disadvantaged" kids what a healthy, balanced meal is, and was told they won't eat " healthy" food". Really! Some of their favorites are... Grilled rosemary chicken, couscous, steamed, chilled broccoli, roasted vegetable tomato sauce ( on anything), chicken vegetable soup, zucchini bread, sweet potato muffins, pineapple, apples, eggs (any way)!
Greenbyrd October 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm
Hi Cecelia, I am also a former food service worker(17 years) and I also agree that education is theRead More key to feeding kids more healthy foods. But, it is not ok for kids to be able to purchase highly processed foods every day from the school cafeteria! It would be nice to be able to switch back to the "serve only" system...then kids would actually be getting what parents think they are getting...a balanced meal on their tray! But most do not know this is an " offer verses serve only" system where kids pick the four components they want to make up their reimbursable lunch. And without much marketing, or education about kids having to take a fruit or veggie for their lunch to be reimbursable...sales will be down. A quick solution is to have plenty of fruit juices at the cashier, so kids can just grab a juice to get through the line, and then toss it before they even sit down to eat! FAILURE!! Everyone must be involved in the education of this transition to real food. School board, supers, teachers, principals, students, and parents. Kids have to know why we are having them eat more fruits and veggies, whole grains, less salt and less calories. And it has to be taught and reinforced by all to succeed! Our district does a great job teaching health and nutrition at all levels, but there is no connection with the cafeterias. Kids still get to buy chicken bites with a roll, canned pears, and chocolate milk. Where is the fiber? The vegetable, the real fruit???
Greenbyrd October 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Also want to say that I teach kids and families how to make real, good-tasting, healthy meals forRead More $10 or less ( to feed 4-5) . I had to get away from this "war-like" atmosphere and do some good. My 1st and second graders know the difference between a complex and simple carbohydrates in every day foods that they consume! Most educated adults don't know the differences! Kids should not have to choose between healthy foods that are good for them, and processed, fast foods with little nutritional value AT SCHOOL...they can not choose to have only gym, art and recess all day or to read pornography...we do dictate what we teach them academically...why not when it comes to nutrition?? Kids need a balanced meal served to them at school...PERIOD! Thanks for reading
Stacey Margo October 5, 2012 at 01:43 pm
Greenbyrd, last year when we actually were "allowed" to be more involved with the tastingsRead More (that they've since deemed un-necessary and have since taken away,) it was so amazing to be a part of. You commented that we ALL need to be involved. Never a truer statement. We were able to stand in line with the kids, help them understand the impact of their choices...so they could see the connection between what they were learning in the classroom and relate it to the cafeteria! Then the real conversations start! I went to each table and spoke to the children...about why they packed lunch vs bought, discussed the food choices. This was done in all school levels. On top of that, the conversations...even at the elementary levels...were beyond insightful. If I could tell you the number of girls who at that age were discussing body image and anorexia! Wow!!! Discussions and real conversations with these children are so powerful. It's not about numbers and profits. It's about education and people. When will UD actually start to LISTEN???
Stacey Margo September 17, 2012 at 01:46 am
Jill, just heard the best, most heart-warming quote: "Why are we doing this, if not for theRead More kids?" We should all (NIS, Board, Food Services, etc) be asking ourselves this each and every time a decision is made...why else are we working in this industry if not for the betterment of our children? If this is not our very commitment at each and every step, then get out now; you are clearly in the wrong business!
UD Mom September 17, 2012 at 02:46 am
I just wanted to thank NIS for working hard (on a volunteer basis) to try and get answers and helpRead More give the kids healthier more nutritious foods at school. This is an important issue for many people and for good reason considering the health problems that are very much becomes a reality in our country. I realize the financial implications are real, but I think they can be overcome with all the facts on the table. I just hope these facts are made available soon...
Donna September 17, 2012 at 11:56 am
With all due respect, I have been following the comments for this blog and I fnd it silly that youRead More two women have to pat each other on the back and promote each other to each other. Looking at this from afar, it looks so silly and inane. It looks so scripted, that your credibilty is in danger. You two workd together on this, you don't speak unless it is in this fromat???
Jill Florin August 27, 2012 at 01:44 am
HI Alan: Thank you so much for your questions. I will try and answer the most accurately that IRead More can. USDA is what governs the National School Lunch programs rules and regulations. NIS is neither pro or against USDA, it is more about what regulations that they are enforcing. There are many USDA regulations that do not seem to make much sense, one of which has to do with the milk issue. As Stacey pointed out, Milk is one of two options in the lunch line, bottled water is not an option unless you would pay extra. There is also a criteria for which the school can consider a lunch a reimbursable lunch, water is never counted. It is very complicated, and honestly, I at one time knew all of these regulations like the back of my hand, but have since become less familiar because they seem to change very often and are hard to keep up with. On the point of rebates, yes that is sadly accurate. Stacey has sent the link to the article which explains more about what is done and which companies participate. This is a reputable source. As Stacey said, she directly asked the question at the last board meeting about whether our school takes part in this practice, and the answer was yes. We do not know to what extent or for what products, but hopefully that will be explained at the board meeting when they discuss the Food Service financials. I hope this helps to clarify some things for you, thanks again for your interest and I would be happy to answer any additional questions.
Jill Florin August 27, 2012 at 02:01 am
One additional note Alan, I am sorry I forgot to address your issue with healthier options. Yes,Read More the USDA has tried to come up with better options on the lunch line with the new Helathy Hunger Free Kids Act. Here is the link to read the summary of the changes that the ACT is making in regards to the school lunch programs, some really great stuff. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-26/pdf/2012-1010.pdf
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