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School Board to Students: Eat Your Veggies

Beginning this fall, Milford Public Schools will require students to take a fruit or vegetable with each meal purchased at school.

 

When Milford Students return to school on August 29th, their lives will be a bit more green.

As part of Milford Schools' participation in the U.S. Government's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, students will now be required to take a fruit or vegetable serving with each purchased meal.

"It's very specific on how many vegetables," said Eileen Faustich, Director of Food Services at Milford Board of Education of the policy, adding that the fruit and vegetable "portions are larger."

The Price of Eating Healthy

Last year, Milford schools served 627,000 meals. For participating in Healthy, Hunger-Free, the government will be subsizing the Milford Schools Food Services at a rate of 10 cents per meal. The cost of the healthier food will likely increase Milford costs per meal by 20-30 cents, according to Faustich.

As a result, Faustich noted that beginning in 2013-2014, elementary and middle school meal prices will likely have to increase by 10 cents per meal. 

Not Funded by Milford Board of Education

For years now, Food Services in Milford Public Schools has been completely funded by sales to students. 

"The goal is to break even," said Eileen Faustich. "We don't want to charge people too much, but we want to break even."

Faustich noted that meals purchased has gone down, a reflection of the economy and enrollment. She is projecting that Food Services will break even next year.

Katie August 17, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Mr. Goldwyn: I am not ignorant nor am I harming my child by not feeding them properly at home. It is also not about just being able to say “no” (maybe you should try to read your reply before submitting it). What I have a problem with is making or forcing a child to take a food they will not eat. I went to my daughter’s school last year when she told me that every time she ate her school lunch she was forced to take the fruit and the cafeteria personnel & the lunch aide told her she HAD to take it even if she WAS going to throw it away. I can say from first hand that I know how much is being thrown way - I took the cafeteria worker over to the trash can to show her how much food was being wasted. That is pure and simple stupidity – there are too many people out of work, homeless, or just trying to make ends meet to be to throwing good food away. I suggested to the school that if they were going to force the students to take it maybe they should have a box that the students could put the fruit in and have it donated to the homeless shelter or food bank but that never happened. What a good lesson we could be teaching children about sharing with those less fortunate than ourselves. I guess the attempt to teach the kids how to eat right outweighs my goal to teach my child to give to those in need.
Katie August 17, 2012 at 05:07 PM
And JE - I agree it is not about telling me what to feed my kids. I just get extermely annoyed with the school district because unfortunately it does not just end with the lunch items. I can not tell you how many times my daughter has come home with her school snack smashed in her bag because the teacher did not feel it was healthy enough for her to eat in class. I even had an argument with one teacher who would not let my daughter eat a chocolate covered granola bar because it had the chocolate coating.
KW August 17, 2012 at 05:30 PM
It will not be long unil our Government has our Country marching to Hitler's tune. That's how it began in Germany. Our tax dollars are funding this school lunch crap.
JE August 17, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Again, Katie, regarding the hot lunch program, it's not the school district telling your child what he can eat. It's the federal government. The school district is merely complying with the regulations. As to your comment about the teacher smashing your child's snack., that is another matter entirely. That would have meant a trip to the principal's office with the smashed snack in hand if that happened to my child. Unless the school is going to provide the snack they cannot tell you what you can put in your child's lunchbox.
Concerned Parent August 17, 2012 at 06:04 PM
It's funny, Years ago, my classmates and I grew up with Macaroni, Sloppy Joes, Hot Dogs, and Pizza, amongst others for lunch when we was in school. When I look at myself and them today, we are all in better shape than teens and people in their 20s...Now why is that...Simple, you have generations of kids that spend more time texting, tweeting, FB'ing, and xBoxing than exercising...They have no clue what a tree is or that green stuff on the ground is grass...That's the problem...Unfortunately people refuse to see it and rather blame someone else or a food for their situation. I've come to the conclusion that life is too short to compete with this lunacy and will focus on my child's health, and if they want a snickers bar or large coke, I'll get it for them...
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 17, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Katie, I like what you have to say, but let me ask as a parent how do you get your child to eat the fruit or veggies? If they eat them at home, will they also eat them at school?
Michael Brown August 17, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Children should be encouraged to eat their vegitables.
Michael Brown August 17, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Super-size sugar water drinks are bad for kids too.
Michael Brown August 17, 2012 at 08:14 PM
What The Obesity Epidemic Costs Us - Forbes http://onforb.es/OArY22
Michael Brown August 17, 2012 at 08:17 PM
One-third of U.S. youth unfit for military http://bit.ly/MUAR4
Katie August 17, 2012 at 08:38 PM
My daughter does not eat fruit - and I do not make her. Does that make me a bad parent? My daughter is a beautiful, 9 yr old, 60 pound girl that likes her vegetables but eats no fruit whatsoever. I grew up being forced to eat foods I hate and still hate them to this day so I swore I would never do that to a child of my own. She has to try everything at least once but if she does not like it I do not force her. That is why I have such a problem with the schools making her take the fruit only to throw it away – it is a waste of money and a bigger waste of food when so many go without.
JE August 17, 2012 at 08:40 PM
The long and short of it is if the child refuses to take the required components of a full "lunch", as laid out by the federal unch program, he will be charged ala carte prices for what is on his plate which, just like in any restaurant, will probably cost more than if he had taken the full meal. There's the "enforcement." Bottom line, if you don't like it, send your child to school with lunch from home. Half of what you send will probably land in the garbage too.
Michael Brown August 17, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I bet it would be comforting for most parents to know that their children will eat properly when they are in the care of the public school system.
JE August 17, 2012 at 08:45 PM
And P.S. It's not the schools that are driving this - it's the federal lunch program.
Michael Brown August 17, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Move to Missouri "Missouri Rep. Akin opposes spending on National School Lunch Program" http://hrld.us/Onn8lZ
Michael Brown August 17, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Missouri is a State in the United States of America.
Michael Brown August 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Not all parents should be trusted to do the right thing by their kids. "Mom leaves kids in running car to go tanning" http://nbcnews.to/QKiegW
KW August 17, 2012 at 09:47 PM
We all sit here & complan but do nothing. Is the Federal lunch program Constitional? Milford schools could fight this. Get some regognition,, get an attorney pro bono who would help for the exposure he would get. Why move to Milford for the excllent school system? This question was recently asked. Maybe because they do the right thing and educate. This must seem over the top reaction, but let's do something insted of letting this issue go away in a week.
Michael Brown August 17, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Is it 'constitutional' to make sure that kids eat proper foods in public schools? Man, let's hope so.
Larissa Watt August 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Studies have show it can take 15+ times of food exposure (in their face on the plate:-) or tasting before a child decides they like a food. So, a veggie they don't "like" may become a favorite. Yes, alot of food will be wasted at first with the new food program but in the long run it has benefits. I foresee alot of kids eating more fruits and veggies at lunch. Good job Milford!
KW August 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM
you offer "proper food" but don't mandate...Still the queestio. Is the Federal Lunch Program Constitutonal?
Larissa Watt August 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM
My son is little so he is picky but he has to choose 2 veggies he likes and that is what I make for him. Fruit is no issue..he eats a ton of it..Parents are doing their kids an injustice by not forcing their kids to eat a portion of fruits and veggies per day. Antioxidants prevent cancer. America is an obese , unhealthy nation. If we would invest more in prevention then we wouldn't have to spend so much on medical bills and diet plans..
Michael Brown August 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Yes. I read your question the first time.
Rick August 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Let's face reality, there are many children that would prefer to avoid fruits and vegetables. It is the parents job to encourage them to eat healthy! It is not the governments job!!!! The public school system has enough to worry about. They need to teach academics!! No wonder our children are falling behind other countries.
joe_m August 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Welcome to the USSA. You can't parent, so we will do it for you.
Concerned Parent August 20, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Here's the Straight Dope...You want to address childhood obesity then look no further than your kids' cell phones and home computers...Kids spend so much more time on FB or texting or tweeting than exercising. It's ironic as some parents use these toys as a sort of twisted babysitter. All I can say is you sleep in the beds you make for yourselves and if you want risk your child becoming obese due to lack of physical activity then simply keep things status quo.
Michael Brown August 24, 2012 at 07:12 PM
This just in. http://www.theonion.com/articles/2ndgrade-teacher-cant-believe-how-much-fatter-they,29253/
Michael Brown August 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM
The Onion is a parody newspaper.
Michael Brown August 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Liberal? It's really cut throat Conservative. These are the kids who will grow up and pay into my Social Security.
joe September 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
this is the right answer. schools boards and government needs to stay out of feeding kids period. give the money to the teachers that u spent for food on students (not the unions) what a kid eats its parents responsibility, not school's.

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