For decades, it was one of the iconic images of childhood: the youngster dispatched to school with lunch money squirreled tightly in his or her pocket or backpack. But perhaps for not much longer: As inevitably as slide rules once gave way to calculators, school cafeterias are embracing technological change.
Ninth-graders at Scott’s Branch High School in South Carolina began the challenge of designing a poetry cafe by doing something expected in the business world but not so much in the classroom. They signed a contract obligating team members to complete certain tasks and established the team’s process for agreeing on the project’s details, including decorations for the cafe and what food to serve.
After just one year, some schools across the nation are dropping out of what was touted as a healthier federal lunch program, complaining that so many students refused the meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that their cafeterias were losing money.
The regulations about what can be served became stricter and more specific — like serving a full half cup of dark green, red/orange vegetables and dried beans/peas at least once a week and putting them in a separate cup.
States are reporting that some of their schools are dropping out of the healthier school-lunch program because they can’t afford to participate. But does that really mean nutritious school lunches (and snacks) are doomed?
After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.
In the spring of 2012, a Good Samaritan paid for school lunches at R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School in Edgewood after some students were forced to throw out their tray of food and instead eat an alternative snack of cheese and crackers during state testing.
So the nation's second-largest school district went back to basics. The district overhauled the menu last year after students turned away from unfamiliar fare. This year's menu will feature enchiladas, lasagna and beef sliders.
Amidst the hubbub, sixth-grade students Jason Holgate and Haden Bishop flicked through the pages of an iPad app breaking down Tuesday's menu options at Fox Hollow and checking what the rest of the week had in store.
An investigation into 15 New Jersey school districts turned up more than 100 public employees and family members who lied about their incomes to get free school lunches for their children, according to the state comptroller.