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There are issues with food at school

September 29, 2013

DEAR EDITOR: Have Champion Schools’ parents’ children come home hungry and complaining about the lunch they had at school? My child has come home from middle school and has told me about how terribl......

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Oct-05-13 5:54 PM

Liberalsefdom your comments referring to the First Lady's private areas does not reflect poorly on her. It reflects on you, your ignorance, and your clear lack of respect and a decent upbringing. Also, SOME women are spending a lot of money these days to have a posterior like Mrs. Obama's artificially implanted.

The First Lady's lunch program is NOT mandatory. Many schools opt out of it and many schools that adopted it have dropped it. The American diet consists of corn, sugar, fat, starches, and artificial flavors. The kids don't like the healthier lunches because their palates are not used to them. Just because food is canned does not mean that it can't be seasoned to make it appetizing. With 1 cook and horrible food selections (garbanzo beans?) seems like Champion is putting very little effort into what they serve their students. Good for you Mark for complaining. Healthy does not equal stupid, lazy, or gross food. They can and should do better for the kids.

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Oct-05-13 3:49 PM

KB736432- if you want to pull quotes from the article, why not quote the fact that it states "I know that if either my child or I don't like what they are serving, pack instead". My child used to go to Lakeview and bought and enjoyed the school lunch close to everyday, once we moved to Champion, he tried to buy their lunch and doesn't like anything served, and has been raised $.25 more then Lakeview's lunch.

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Oct-03-13 7:33 AM

The biggest problem with champion lunches is the prices are ridiculous and everything is fried. If you can buy a bag of chicken nuggets for $4.00 why are we charged 2.00 for 4 of them? Last year the school sent home letters to parents telling them that their kids were over weight, then they want everything that comes out of the cafeteria to be processed and fried crap. We have never received free lunches but the price jump was just too much this year so we have packed since the first week of school. We spent more than $400 on school supys at the beginning of the year, some if the list included red pens and dry erase markers so basically we had to buy the teachers supply's too. Ridiculous. We just voted to pay more taxes to support the school system and now this, not to mention the teachers at champion make a TON of money. CS need to get their act together!!

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Oct-01-13 9:54 PM

Complained* I honestly can't believe that you have bashed the school district that you are a part of because of their cafeteria food and threaten that you have "inside information" about other issues. If you are that unhappy with the food your child is served, go to the store and make them a gourmet lunch. Problem solved.

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Oct-01-13 9:49 PM

Okay Mark.. hopefully this will help you in your obvious confusion with reality.. "I remember in school how good the pizza used to be. We had those rectangle cheese pizzas and they were good. I have learned that the school gets theirs frozen in triangles" - if you think that the oh so good pizza you were served in school was homemade and never frozen you are sadly mistaken. "This past week, the children were served cooked spinach and mashed sweet potatoes" - It is not the school or cooks who get to pick what is acceptable to be served. They are given guidelines to follow, so your "petition" against the cafeteria is not going to get you very far. This so called military or prison menu is the same menu structure that you had.. kids do not like change. For example : they served spinach and sweet potatoes instead of a burger and your child compained!

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Sep-30-13 11:07 PM

FamilyGuy Sep-29-13 11:34 AM

If you and your friends would pack your kid's lunch, then the school lunch program will either get better or shut down for lack of patronage.

For those getting free lunches, eat what is put in front of you and be thankful.



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Sep-30-13 4:45 PM

The article was written because in comparison to other area schools, Champion doesn't measure up. All schools are to follow the federal guidelines that the idiot Michelle Obama stuck her nose into. So how is it that other schools can have a much better lunch selection, at a lower price than what Champion is offering? Doesn't take a genius to realize that if the child don't like what is being served to pack. Wake up people and quit being simpletons. It clearly states in the letter that if they don't like what is offered, pack. Don't need people repeating the letter.

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Sep-30-13 12:55 PM

Yep, if you don't like then pack. It's isn't like the Champion lunch is free, so buy and shut up or pack what you want. If staff is taking what your kid packs, that's theft, report it. I'm so tired of listening to people beauch about stupid things. Get a freagin life.

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Sep-30-13 9:51 AM

Mark9902- I would tell the parents that it's their job to provide their kids with a lunch.

Sorry kid, your parents are free-loaders so you get the lousy free school lunch.

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Sep-30-13 9:44 AM

LiberalSerfdom- JFK offers great lunches and massages from priests too!

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Sep-30-13 9:42 AM

If you don't like it, pack your own lunch.

If you get a free lunch... Well it's FREE!

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Sep-30-13 7:21 AM

Yep, the bad pizza is Michele's fault!

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Sep-29-13 7:13 PM

I have seen some sorry looking lunches served and some that were packed in lunch boxes with lots of low protein,high-sugar goodies,too. The films "A Place At The Table" and "Food Inc.' have some important things to say regarding the issue of school lunch menus.Sad, but for many Ohio children, the school lunch is the best meal of their entire day. At Jefferson Elementary nearly all the lunch served is eaten, whereas at Lincoln Elementary there is a whole lot of good food wasted and thrown away.

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Sep-29-13 6:19 PM

My kids complain also about the lunches, and we live in Howland. I guess my take on it is this.... They are serving what they have to serve and honestly, if my kids don't like it, they pack for that day. Should kids eat cold food? Not if it is supposed to be hot, so maybe tackle that issue first. I feed my kids breakfast every morning. Eggs/toast/potato cakes sometimes pancakes, and that fills them up to where they aren't even really that hungry come lunch time. I understand what you are saying, because my kids complain also, but I decided to just pack for that day and not listen to them complain. It kinda solves the issue on this end. And just a thought...if there are kids that get free lunches, that is because their parents are low income, which in turn means they get food stamps, which in turns mean they COULD pack a lunch for that child if the child is complaining. If you take this further, I really do wish you the best of luck and hope you get the change you're after.

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Sep-29-13 4:48 PM

They serve what My Belle Michelle tells them they have to serve.

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Sep-29-13 12:36 PM

before you make ignorant comments on how parents should pack, do your homework and see what other area schools are serving children. champion raised their food prices. compare Lakeview's lunch menu, which is $.25 less than champions and is 10 times better. My son used to go to Lakeview and bought everyday, and we moved to Champion and now he never buys.

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Sep-29-13 11:52 AM

The school can and will remove any food the government deems not healthy from your child's packed lunch, it has happened many times already but these little government intrusions are naturally being hushed up, hope and change gotta love it!

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Sep-29-13 11:48 AM

The food issue is one thing, but what about my daughter who is a student at Central receiving spoiled milk twice this year? Here is an idea maybe if they didn't let their teachers and principals double dip they could afford to hire more lunch help to prepare better meals.

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Sep-29-13 11:34 AM

If you and your friends would pack your kid's lunch, then the school lunch program will either get better or shut down for lack of patronage.

For those getting free lunches, eat what is put in front of you and be thankful.

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Sep-29-13 11:18 AM

How about you taking responsibility by; fixing your child a decent breakfast. That would solve most of your 'picky eaters' problem. Every morning I drive by these over weight children eating/drinking 'junk' before they even enter the school house. Growing up, a Mt. Dew and a Moon pie was not considered a meal. Parents, not schools, that serve 'heat & eat', McD's, etc., fat/salt laden crap, created these monster-eaters.Don't believe me, check the interior of their cars and trash days in front of their houses.

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Sep-29-13 10:53 AM

Hope and change, how do you Obama voters like it now?

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Sep-29-13 10:46 AM

Moreandmoredisappointed, yes they do have a weekly set menu, and there are times when the child gets to school for that day, the menu has changed without notice

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Sep-29-13 10:42 AM

Ok escaped, tell that to the parents who cannot afford to pack their child's lunch and rely on the school to provide them lunch.

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Sep-29-13 8:40 AM

Too bad they can't get FRUIT and VEGETABLES locally. Wouldn't that be cheaper? How about all the produce from local gardeners - too bad they can't donate it to the school.

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Sep-29-13 8:30 AM

Garbonzo beans, spinach, and sweet potatoes - some of my family's favorite foods. Healthy foods for a healthy lifestyle. Pack your kids a unhealthy lunch if that's what you want to do, and quit complaining.

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