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Chicago Schools Go for Gold on Lunch Standards
WBEZ: CPS is adopting healthier standards for its school meals....CPS pledges to provide healthier cafetaria food Catalyst:  The
lunch ladies at Sharon
Christa McAuliffe Elementary School handed green plastic
trays to officials from the Chicago Public School, the United States
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Chicago police continue to question a person Wednesday in the
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  • Improving the quality of the lunches is a great first step by CPS, however there still needs to be steps taken to get our students more active.

  • In reply to gemed:

    Personally, I don't think it'll work UNLESS parents back it up by providing healthy food at home.

  • Since when are pop-tarts and chocolate milk part of a healthy lifestyle? Besides, low-income families already have the option of WIC, LINK, and other government subsidies that heavily subsidize or pay completely for products necessary for day-to-day nutrition.

    Free breakfasts and lunches just don't cut it. What guarantees can you make on the children to eat it? NONE! And what other guarantees can you make that because of this "free food" that they will become more focused in school? NONE!

    This is just another waste of government money. CPS just keeps raping we taxpayers with stunts like this.

    You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

  • In reply to satorajaujhely:

    One can hope anyway. As a mother and old-time school volunteer, however, I know the reality of things and kids.

  • In reply to satorajaujhely:

    Free breakfasts and lunches are 1. heavily paid for out of Federal funds, not local funds anyway and 2. are a lot cheaper than putting the children into foster care because their guardians can't be bothered/can't afford to feed them.

    I would hope that most people would want to provide food for hungry children regardless of whether or not it actually does make them more focused on school. But I have read studies that say that test scores go up when students are fed prior to the exam. The brain requires glucose in order to function, so it probably is beneficial.

    If CPS students came from functional families (at least 1 parent focused on the student's emotional, physical and educational health and motivated and competent enough to address any deficiencies in those areas), then offering free lunch and breakfast might be a waste of money. But that's not reality.

  • In reply to cermakRd:

    Yes, it's easy to agree to that. But, this is assuming that the kids are even going to eat the "healthy" food. I've read from school employees that kids are NOT eating the food in school as it is now....

  • In reply to cermakRd:

    Just a reminder to come to the PACT Party tomorrow (Friday, April 9th) from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at McGee's Tavern & Grille. McGee's is located at 950 W Webster (near Sheffield). The nearest parking lot is 1-1/2 blocks north on Sheffield). For a $20 donation there will be hot hors dourves, an open bar, and a great time. Come on out so that attendees can meet our great team!

  • In reply to cermakRd:

    1) It doesn't make it any better that taxes are paying for this; and it really doesn't matter if it comes from Federal funds -- someone is getting shafted.

    2) Some kids just don't want to eat in the morning. Why serve some kids food if some don't want to eat? If a child eats breakfast at home, why should the child be also served a breakfast at school? This is wasted taxpayer money.

    3) If parents don't feed their kids, the children should be put into DCFS. Isn't neglect one of the reasons why DCFS exists?

    Like I said prior, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. I don't mean to sound patronizing, but your version of reality does not benefit the children, the parents, the education system, or the taxpayers.

  • I think it's very nice that the school wants to feed the kids. It just sickens me to know that someone doesn't do that at home. Every child deserves that kind of love.

  • It sickens and saddens me that any parent, poor or not (and let's face it poor people in our country are much better of than in other countries), cannot slap some whole grain cereal into a bowl and plop down a banana beside it for any kid. It is, no doubt, nice of schools to pick up where parents fail.

  • So why don't you buy raisin bran and feed it to your child at home? You just answered your own question.

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