Vicki Smith-Williams, Fargo, Published November 12 2012
Letter: Parents have role in school lunchesI’m frankly stunned to see all of the complaints about the school lunch program. The federally funded program began in 1946 to provide nutritious meals for children who would otherwise not have access. If you don’t like the fact that the federally funded school lunch program provides only what they’ve determined to be healthy foods, then why are you not packing PBJ, chips, yogurt, fruit cups and other foods for your child to bring with him or her to school to either eat in place of, or in addition to, the lunch the school provides?
Federal funding for lunch programs was designed to make certain that children who could otherwise not afford it had nutritious meals available to them. It was not designed to make sure that all children – whether they needed help from the federal government or not –had all the food they needed to eat to get them through the day – through sports or other activities that kept them at school for longer hours. Or that they had their favorite foods available to them.
If you want them to have their favorite foods, then send them along with your children from home. You are the parent. If you want your child to have something the school lunch program does not provide, then send it to school with them.