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October 11th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

Newly revealed lunch blogger hopes for better school nutrition

For a year, an anonymous blogger ate the same school lunches as her students at a Chicago, Illinois, elementary school.

From bagel dogs, yellowish meatloaf and chicken tenders, which she likened to "squirts of chicken foam," she ate the lumps on her orange school lunch tray.  With spork in hand, her mission was to chronicle the $3 school lunches on her blog going by the pseudonym Mrs. Q.  For a year, she shared her observations about the food and how it affected students.

No longer anonymous, Sarah Wu revealed her identity with the release of her new book,  Fed Up With Lunch, which shares the title of her blog.

Take the Quiz: Can you guess what is served on these lunch trays?

After revealing her identity, Wu has appeared on several TV shows, including CNN, where she discussed her motivation for the blog.

“I think that by putting out the book, it has started the conversation,” Wu said.  “It’s normalizing talking about school food among teachers.  When I had discussions with coworkers, it was sort of like throw your hands up and ‘What can you do?’”

Wu continues to work as a speech pathologist at Chicago Public Schools.  After the release of the book, she went back to work.

“People started coming up to me and said, ‘Yeah the food is bad.' It normalizes the discussion,” Wu said.

To be fair, Wu said there have been improvements to introduce healthier foods, but there is a long way to go.

A few weeks ago she saw containers of sweet potatoes.

“All the kids were throwing them away,” Wu said.  “They weren’t even trying them.”

So she tried a container of sweet potatoes. “They were pureed,” she said.  “The texture was all wrong. They looked like baby food. They tasted better than baby food.  I thought I’m happy they’re offering sweet potatoes, but devastated they mostly went into the trash. There’s not enough time for the kids to even tackle that part of the lunch.”


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  1. Binky42

    If you really love your kids, pack them a healthy lunch. Don't let them eat the greasy, toxic lunches the schools serve.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Neeneko

      Part of the reason behind the school lunches to to help kids who are not getting packed food from home.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • Lee65

      What about the underprivileged kids who rely on the subsidized school luch for their "best" meal of the day. I can't imagine that their parents don't love their kids.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:05 | Report abuse |
    • Binky42

      Lee65 – most of those kids getting subsidized lunches are also from families receiving food stamps. It's not expensive to put a nutritious lunch together. Or, how about people who can't afford kids STOP HAVING THEM and stop assuming the tax payers are happy if they pop out a new one every 10 months?

      October 11, 2011 at 14:19 | Report abuse |
    • Lee65

      Binky – I don't agree. The amount of food that these families can afford on their foodstamp allotment is a joke. Free and subsidized lunches are important. There are many people on foodstamps today that did not need them when they decided to have children. Have you heard about all the people losing their jobs? Please don't judge until you've been in their shoes.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:45 | Report abuse |
    • Binky42

      My husband lost his job too, but he worked two undesirable jobs so we could pay our bills and not have to suck off the government. At least 60% of people on food stamps are there because they are careless and lazy.

      October 11, 2011 at 15:59 | Report abuse |
    • kirstyloo

      Binky – I'd like to know where you got your 60% stat. Please keep in mind that food stamps provide about $25/week for each person. That simply doesn't go far enough to feed a growing child adequately.

      I'm sorry that your DH lost his job and had to take 2 poorly paying jobs. Poverty is complex. In some cases, it is about finding a job or being adequately trained for the job. In others it is about finding a job that you can get to with public transport because you don't have a car. Is a 2 hour bus ride each way reasonable while trying to balance one or two jobs? In other cases, you need a job that still allows you to watch your children or a safe place where they can be looked after.

      October 11, 2011 at 18:06 | Report abuse |
    • SurRy

      What child would Jesus let go hungry?

      October 11, 2011 at 21:03 | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      Don't feed the trolls. By that I mean don't respond to people like this idiot.

      October 12, 2011 at 14:21 | Report abuse |
    • teresa

      ADULT STEM CELLS CURE'S AIDS / HIV and A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS BUT WHY????? IS AMERICA BEING HELD BACK FROM THE MAJOR LEAP IN MEDICINE DOES AMERICA WANT TOO KILL YOU ??????? OTHER COUNTRIES MAKING MAJOR LEAPS INTO MEDICINE BUT AMERICA IS STILL IN THE STONE AGE WHY????? WHO BENEFITS THE FDA BIG CORPORATIONS .......???

      October 17, 2011 at 22:27 | Report abuse |
    • Tr1Xen

      Unless you happen to live in North Carolina, where the school will just take your kids' lunch away and give them chicken nuggets instead.

      July 8, 2012 at 14:33 | Report abuse |
  2. Dman5005

    People are so lazy. what's wrong with packing a lunch

    October 11, 2011 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kristin

      Maybe more people are broke today than lazy. Free school lunch programs seem good to parents who can't afford to pack healthy lunches. Sometimes, that free crappy lunch is the only thing some kids eat all day.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:33 | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Exactly! What ever happened to brown bagging it when you or your kid doesn't like what the school is serving? Does this person honestly think that public school districts can afford to serve their kids gourmet meals when the constant threat of layoffs is always looming? Can your local public school district afford to hire the staff needed to properly prepare thousands of sweet potatoes? Can they afford sweet potatoes? Probably not. Do they even have the facilities to prepare such items? I know mine doesn't. At best, our school's kitchens are staffed with one full-time and one part-time person to feed hundreds of students. That leaves them enough time to take their lunch money and hand them a meal that was flash frozen and reheated in a convection oven. Get real. Public school lunches have always been horrible, have rarely been nutritious and the greens always wind up in the trash!

      October 11, 2011 at 13:34 | Report abuse |
    • CMat

      IMy (single) mother made minimum wage when I was growing up. We qualified for the free lunch program and that's what I ate. It's not that my mother was "too lazy" to pack me a lunch. There was no lunch to pack. (Just like there was no car, no television, no after school activities, no phone, etc.)

      There was recently an article on here about how to survive on 30 dollars a week for food and people were incredulous asking what was wrong with people for not growing a garden. (Here's a clue: there was no grass surrounding the 3rd floor apartment we lived on.)

      People need to stop being lazy with their thinking, too. Not everyone has the same options available to you.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:36 | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      CMat, wish I had an option to "Like" your comment

      October 11, 2011 at 13:46 | Report abuse |
    • CMat

      I apologize for the typos. I don't want anyone thinking my "poor" upbringing means I'm uneducated!

      October 11, 2011 at 13:49 | Report abuse |
    • Emmaleah

      Some school boards have banned packed lunches. Children are actually searched and their lunches thrown away if the parents pack them. Parents are then reprimanded.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:50 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Since when are school lunches free? It was a couple bucks a day when I was growing up.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:57 | Report abuse |
    • Lee65

      Kristen – It's good to see someone who doesn't have their head stuck in the sand. More kids need to rely on school lunch for their most nutritious meal. Thank you . . . my thoughts exactly.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:07 | Report abuse |
    • Lee65

      Binky – Wow, how cruel can you be? No empathy at all? I feel sorry for you.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
    • Binky42

      Don't feel sorry for me. I live a good life. Feel sorry for those people on welfare who are too lazy to even volunteer or do anything but sit in front of the TV.

      October 11, 2011 at 16:00 | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      @ Binky: fathers can also die sometimes, and some people can't afford a wonderful life insurance, even if they work. Some single women become mothers because they were raped by a stranger. It is easy to generalize and put people down when you don't know them and have never been in their shoes. Appreciate tour wonderful life, things can turn sour for any of us at any minute.

      October 11, 2011 at 23:34 | Report abuse |
    • OMAC

      You don't have my kid. He won't eat anything I pack for him. Period. Every day he complains about the school lunch and I offer to take him to the store and buy him whatever he wants for lunch, but he refuses. Nothing I have ever packed for him has worked. He says he doesn't like it when the bread is soggy, so I offer to pack the bread separately and he can put it together at school. His answer to that is he doesn't want to look stupid. We go through the same dance two or three times a week. So it's not always laziness why parents don't pack their lunch...

      October 12, 2011 at 07:04 | Report abuse |
    • Edmilson

      Vero, ma basta prenderci la mano ci sono tanti di quei candmoi e di combinazioni di tasti che mi sembrava di impazzire, ma era troppo bello sdraiarsi fra l'erba, mimetizzarsi, alzarsi un pochino per guardarsi intorno, avvicinarsi furtivamente dietro a un soldato e con la tecnica del CQC zack!! Era tuo! E lo potevi anche interrogare e spesso ti dava dei trucchetti

      April 8, 2012 at 07:09 | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    Not all school lunches are created equal. I managed school lunch programs for several years for a contract provider. This provider actually did a decent job when the local district allowed them to. From all white meat chicken nuggets with a whole grain breading (baked, not fried) to home made meals like Chicken & Dumplings, the food was fresh, tasty, and nutritionally balanced. This company even put out self serve bars of salad, fruits, and vegetables, allowing the children to get as much as they wanted of fresh fruits and veggies. It can be done, if the people overseeing it care about what they are doing. This particular company was American Owned, and did a better job than any other provider or self op I ever saw.

    October 11, 2011 at 11:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Conrad Shull

    School lunches are terrible and need lots of improvement, but (unless you're in the deep South) – sweet potatoes? What Einstein came up with THAT?

    October 11, 2011 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Betty Anne, Superior, WI

      Sweet potatoes are a wonderful addition to a child's meal – IF they're prepared properly. Pureed vegetables of any kind will put a child off of vegetables, sometimes for most or all of their life. There's a reason babies spit their food back at their parents, after all. Vegetables should be served fresh and raw or steamed, so they retain their full flavor, color and texture.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:31 | Report abuse |
  5. Mike, Cleveland OH

    The NEA would like to remind you that greasy food is what will happen to your kids if you don't approve the next levy.

    October 11, 2011 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. lynne

    "If you really love your kids, pack them a lunch?" I work at a school with a majority of kids on free and reduced lunch... the breakfast and lunch they get at school are often their only food all day. Not everyone has that option. I agree, packing a lunch is best, but before you get all uppity remember that not everyone is lazy. Some people work 18 hour days. Some people can't afford food. And some people, like a couple of my students, are homeless. Being a little less quick to judge and superior can go a long way.

    October 11, 2011 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Conrad Shull

      Exceptions are absolutely true. But, most ARE lazy.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:28 | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      I was about to post something along these lines. And Conrad Shull, I disagree that most of the kids who eat school lunches have lazy parents. You would be absolutely shocked at the proportion of public school children whose financial straits not only qualify them for free lunch, but for free breakfast too. For many families, free/reduced school food makes a big difference in a family's ability to pay bills and purchase decent food for dinner. For others, free school food is the only food they get all day. Kids whose parents legitimately cannot afford food for them should not be forced to eat processed slop with no nutritional value.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:32 | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      Conrad, how do you know that most parents who don't pack lunches are lazy? Have you done any research with any links to prove this theory? In case you haven't been made aware, we are in a major financial crisis in this country. Most families today are flat broke.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:39 | Report abuse |
    • open your eyes

      In too many areas, kids whose parents can afford to send them off with a decent lunch aren't going to public schools. They're going to private schools or are home schooled. There's a race to the bottom in our public schools in many ways that has little to do with the administration and is all about what kids are attending those schools. As a school gets worse, more and more of the parents with the means to do so move their kids out. That just creates a downward spiral until most of the kids in that district are children of parents who can't/won't provide a healthy environment. However, treating the kids like cattle is hardly the way to reverse that spiral.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Can't afford lunch? The only meal they may get all day?

      Bull.

      How many of these kids have a cell phone? How many a computer at home? How many have cable TV, iPod or go to the movies?

      Sorry there are a few that need help but not as many as the poster claims.

      You breed them you feed them

      October 11, 2011 at 13:54 | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      Kristin, how do you know that MOST families today (which means more than half) are flat broke? Have you done any research with any links to back your statistic? Pulling imaginary figures from your anterior sphincter to make an emotion-based argument is intellectual dishonesty.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:11 | Report abuse |
    • Lee65

      Chris – you're very lucky to have lived such a sheltered life that you actually believe what you post. I believe it's time to grow up and open your eyes.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:12 | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      I had no idea when my mom couldn't afford to pack us lunches, that she was lazy. I mean she worked three jobs. She could have skimped on the rent to pack a lunch for 4 kids abandonded by our dad. Geez, mom! What were you thinking by getting us on the school lunch program? How selfish and lazy!

      October 11, 2011 at 14:23 | Report abuse |
  7. Billy

    Stop the presses. School food is gross. No $ht sherlock. It's been that way forever. This chick is an idiot

    October 11, 2011 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike, Cleveland OH

      Okay Einstein .. you write a book about the next "obvious" thing then. Meanwhile she'll laugh all the way to the bank.

      I was following her blog .. it was pretty funny. I bet it's a halfway decent book to browse through, sort of like the postsecret ones, but less funny and more sad.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:29 | Report abuse |
    • playjojo

      Yeah, but she's doing something to try and help make the kids a little more healthy and happy, which can make them more productive. You on the other hand are doing nothing but ridicule and insult. And the bigger, more intelligent person is...well, not you, nor the embarrassingly idiotic chris. You breed em, you feed em! An other brilliant statement. Obviously not single fathers. Or fathers.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:21 | Report abuse |
  8. Zeppelin

    Thank you Ms. Wu for performing this research, and thank you Mom for packing me a bag lunch every day!

    October 11, 2011 at 13:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Hungry Child From Somalia

    Very interesting to read of the bad food being thrown away by fat American schoolkids who are too lazy to even "get to that part of their meal" because they have so much to eat.

    Can I have some of those sweet potatoes (what's that anyway?) that you are throwing away? I haven't had a full meal since I was born.

    October 11, 2011 at 13:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shelly

      Kids DO NOT have enough time to stand in line, get their food then have only 15 minutes tops to eat it. My daughter has always brought her lunch because there isn't time to eat it. She only buys 2x's a year when it's Domino's Pizza day LOL. They have cut the lunch time drastically.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:01 | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      If it takes you more than 15 minutes to consume a school lunch – you're doing it wrong.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:12 | Report abuse |
    • kirstyloo

      Lance – I was a kid over 20 years ago...and we didn't have enough time to eat. The problem was that we had 25 minute for lunch. The class stopped by the restroom with its lines (10 minutes gone) and then the class went to the lunch room. There were so many children getting lunch and paying that many children sat down with less than 5 minutes left for lunch. Most students didn't take the time to take off their outside coat. At the bell, everyone stood up and exited the cafeteria and went to recess. After that, the next class began to sit down.

      October 11, 2011 at 18:20 | Report abuse |
  10. PVTMoore

    When i was in high school, the lunches were aweful my freshmen year, got moved to a different school, one district over and closer to home, the change was ALOT better. Its just a matter of what the directors will allow. Sadly, i always got the boxed Chef's Salad, simply because i couldnt decipher what the **** was on the tray set up on the counter.... granted i like salads, but i also like other foods.... i can recognize!

    October 11, 2011 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Why

    For all the people posting that this food may be the only food the kids get during the day–perhaps their parents should not be having kids if they cannot afford to feed them. It is not the kids' faults that the parents are broke and they should not go hungry because their parents can't/won't find a job that pays the bills. Condoms are a lot cheaper than children.

    October 11, 2011 at 13:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sarah

      It also isn't the kid's fault that he/she is here. No, parents shouldn't be having kids they can't afford, but guess what? Lots of people are anyway, and the child should not be punished for that.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:43 | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      I would imagine quite a few of these people were able to afford the kids when they were born but now have lost their jobs. Also there is this big problem of one parent abandoning the family, that happens a lot, leaving the other parent holding the bag for all of it.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse |
    • ksig162

      @Why: Exactly! I'm sure all these kids were poor from the get go. I bet none of their parents lost their jobs in this downturn, or had a decrease in income, or maybe their parents split and mom or dad are now out of the picture, or maybe they lost a parent. Don't get me wrong, I don't agree with people having baby farms to mooch off the system, but you can't put everyone in that group. We had free/reduced lunches growing up. My parents split and my mom worked very hard to support us. As soon as we could my brother and I got jobs to help support the bills and we made it out just fine. Funny thing is, my Mom is now a food director for a school and there are a lot of kids that are hungry. They don't complain about the food. She tries very hard to get the most nutritional and wholesome food she can for the kids (given the budget she has), The system has it's flaws, but not all areas are flawed.

      October 11, 2011 at 13:55 | Report abuse |
    • Binky42

      Brenda – if that is the case, then they should only be receiving free lunches temporarily.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:29 | Report abuse |
  12. Foodforthought

    The Max personal pizzas they serve at schools are 340 calories 26% daily value of saturated fat and 700MG of salt. Guess who makes it – ConAgra Foods just look up the history of them, these are the same people that make peter Pan Peanut butter that was responsible for salmonela outbreaks in multiple schools. Also they make Microwave popcorn which the liner in those bags is carcinogenic!

    October 11, 2011 at 13:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Chris

    I was going to post that if the food is that bad – pack a lunch. Until I realized most of these kids are probably being fed by the taxpayers because mom and dad are milking the system.

    Why pay for your lunch (packed or bought) when you can buy your $100 pair if sneakers, buy a new iPod or wear bling?

    How about we end free lunches. Yo breed them you feed them. I am tired of paying for the stupid and the clueless.

    October 11, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Problem

      The problem with stopping the lunch programs is that the people that suffer are not the parents, it is the children. You know, the kids that did not ask to be born, did not ask for their parents to spend money on things other than food, did not ask for a handout but desperately need help, did not want to hurt your wallet you selfish, heartless twit. They, you know, the kids, just want to be able to go through the day without being hungry, with a feeling of safety and security. I do not like helping lazy people anymore than the next person, but I will not stand by while victims are being victimized, you come up with a way to separate out the "good" from the "bad" why not share it, rather then basically call for an end to programs that keep people alive that are in their predicament by no fault of their own.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:16 | Report abuse |
    • Binky42

      Problem – here's a solution. Instead of giving these people a child tax "credit" every year, we take that money and put it in a lunch fund. That way these kids are eating from the money mom/dad are already receiving from the government, rather than them getting money "back" at tax time that they can use to buy iPhones/alcohol/cigarettes.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:28 | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      Then perhaps the solution is to remove the child from that environment of neglect and place them with a responsible family, capable of supporting and nurturing them, rather than just using them as a tax credit. Whatcha think? No more free lunches, and a better home for the child. Win-win!

      October 11, 2011 at 14:30 | Report abuse |
    • Binky42

      Lance – that would be an ideal situation! However, they would have to sterilized the parents too so no more children are born into that situation.

      October 11, 2011 at 16:02 | Report abuse |
  14. ShaneB

    I guess I can be thankful. I wouldn't call our cafeterias awesome when I was growing up, but they were nothing like the descriptions here. Always something edible.. except the occasional beet. I just never liked those.

    October 11, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Steve

    My only question aside from the bad food... does anyone else seem a bit shocked that the meal is $3. I assume this is per day. I know it has been a loooooong time since I was in grade school, but that seems a bit expensive.

    October 11, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shelly

      Yes very expensive. My daughters school lunch(middle school) is just under $3 but I'm sure it will reach $3 by next year. My oldest daughter (high School is over $3). I love my kids a little more everyday when they pack lunch. LOL. $3 for lunch meat or 4 cans of Tuna & $3 for cheese and they have lunch for 7 days. Way cheaper to send lunch.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:09 | Report abuse |
  16. Carol

    What ever happened to the Type A school lunch program? There used to be requirements for nutrition in school lunches. Now they just serve junk.

    October 11, 2011 at 14:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Joe

    If you're already on the Government Cheese diet, why are you having kids?

    October 11, 2011 at 14:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Binky42

      AMEN!! These people think it's their RIGHT to have as many kids as they want without having the income to pay for them.

      Remember that for every lunch YOU don't pay for, the average working citizen IS paying for.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:25 | Report abuse |
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  18. Shelly

    Sweet potatoes! Really. Why try to get kids to eat baby food? How about sweet potato fries? They don't have to be fried and I'm sure they would be more willing to try something different if it didn't look like runny poo.

    October 11, 2011 at 14:05 | Report abuse | Reply
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  19. Rose

    I am appalled ! I was married when I had my children, we paid for their lunches, then the biological dad abandoned us, in the divorce, child support was ordered, I never saw a dime of it. I worked my backside off to provide for my kids, worked 2 jobs, then I became disabled... Now my children get free/reduced lunches and these people are telling me I should have never had the two greatest gifts that God can bestow? If it were not for the free lunch program, there might not be enough money to give them at least 1 good hot nutritional meal in the evenings when they get home!!! How dare some of you who judge others when you have not walked a mile in their shoes.. may God forgive you!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 14:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lance

      Two miles. Yes, there are exceptions to the generalizations presented, but you also have to acknowledge that seeing parents of free/reduced lunch students yapping on smart phones and furnishing their homes with various niceties (read: toys) reeks of horrible priority management (or flat out "gaming the system"). It is THOSE people who do a disservice to those truly in need.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:23 | Report abuse |
    • Binky42

      If you can sit at a computer and chat on CNN, then you can work an office job. Get back to work you tax money-sucking vampire.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:23 | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      Wow, Binky – that was truly constructive and inspiring. Please excuse the sarcasm dripping from my chin.

      October 11, 2011 at 14:27 | Report abuse |
    • Binky42

      What? I'm sick to death of these people with "disabilities" who bottom feed on the system. 90% of people on disability don't have a true disability. And half of those are just fat and lazy (which any doctor will sign off on these days).

      October 11, 2011 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
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    October 11, 2011 at 14:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Binky42

    I can't believe the number of bottom feeders on here assuming that most kids are getting a free lunch. Remember, there is NO SUCH THING as a free lunch!

    October 11, 2011 at 14:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. teach25

    I am a teacher in a district where 90% of the students receive free or reduced price lunches and breakfasts. I have seen the same students come to class in more expensive shoes than my own children, yet are hungry. I will not punish the child for the sins of their parents. You look into the eyes of a hungry child, regardless of the reason, and turn them away, that is on your conscience. I, for one, could never just look at a child and say "sorry, you don't get to eat". Regardless of what their parents do or do not do.

    October 11, 2011 at 14:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lance

      Seems fairly reasonable to say that the parents are either 1) completely incompetant, or 2) completely irresponsible, or 3) a little of both. Would termination of parental rights be in order?

      October 11, 2011 at 14:33 | Report abuse |
    • kirstyloo

      I'll also bet you that the parents didn't pay $100 for the shoes. In poorer areas, there is an "underground" market for many nice items. Because these "shops" are the only ones in town, people go there regularly. Have you ever seen Macys or BestBuy in an economically depressed area? The really sad thing is have you ever seen a real grocery store either?

      October 11, 2011 at 18:32 | Report abuse |
    • kirstyloo

      PS. I also wouldn't want to deny a child food.

      October 11, 2011 at 18:33 | Report abuse |
  23. HalfwayBob

    Lance, I wish a termination of pregnancy had gone through your mom's mind some years back.....

    October 11, 2011 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Binky42

      Why? He's suggesting that parents take care of their children or lose the right to be parents. Sounds very sensible to me.

      October 11, 2011 at 16:03 | Report abuse |
  24. Heather

    I'm surprised no one's called Binky out on his trolling just yet. Congratulations, you are a troll. Now go away.

    October 11, 2011 at 18:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. vel

    it's a shame that this "binky" is so ignorant of other people's situations. Sorry, dear, but the universe doesnt' revolve around you and not everyone has the chances, however poor, that you have had.

    October 11, 2011 at 20:43 | Report abuse | Reply
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  26. been_hungry_before

    Many established working families are one or two paychecks away from poverty. Those parents are not indolent or criminal. If _you_ have a two or three month cushion of cash in the bank in the event of a company shutdown or a broken leg.. well Good For You. Gender, ethnicity, religion and marital status have nothing to do with food security. Hungry is not pleasant.

    Many people who work full time are not secure in their ability to put the next meal on the table for their family. Health insurance is not affordable for most blue-collar families. One emergency room visit can easily deplete the family savings.

    Please do not be so quick to judge folks of limited means as lazy or venal. Should those of modest hard-working means not express them self on this forum?

    October 11, 2011 at 22:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. been_hungry_before

    Internet access is a job requirement for a bunch of folks. I could drive to my workplace several times per week to look at a schedule.. not a good value.

    October 11, 2011 at 22:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seri

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  28. nnntx

    I teach a health class in a Texas public school and it never ceases to amaze me that the state of Texas requires students to learn from a curriculum that includes units on healthful nutrition, yet that same state provides absolute junk for the students to eat. As an example, the state breakfast program typically serves these children foods such as pizza, sugary cereals, pancake wrapped sausage w/syrup, bleached flour biscuits with jelly, and hot pockets. Breakfast is always served with chocolate milk which is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup! How can I expect students to take me seriously when I teach them about healthful nutrition if the state is going to undermine my efforts by stuffing these kids full of junk?

    October 11, 2011 at 23:35 | Report abuse | Reply
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  29. baorddog

    Pay no attention to Binky42. This is a spoiled 14 year old trying to act like a tax paying citizen with some type of life experience which obviously isn't the case.
    We can of course expect a rebuttal from the punk.

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  30. ElPasoan1

    If you all are going to complain about the school lunches then don't eat them... Simple!

    October 12, 2011 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
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      April 9, 2012 at 13:03 | Report abuse |
  31. 32mom

    My kids almost refuse to eat school lunches, they tried "Lunchables" in the past year because they just "had to have" them. That was the last of that!! Thank goodness. Schools don't know how simple it is to make a healthy lunch for kids. Why have we lost our way regarding making food ourselves, nothing processed!?? Our school doesn't even recognize my kids food allergies. So I don't bother to fight with the crowd, I make my kids lunches, other kids are jealous and my kids are feeling cool!

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    You're always a liltte too quick to cry ad hominem Fisy. William was deliberately selective in his reading, and drawing attention to this is a perfectly reasonable thing to do.Anyway, back to the issue.Instead of quoting the clarification note, perhaps you'd do better quoting the Freezing Order? Or are you being deliberately selective as well? -Frozen funds5. For the purposes of the Order, “frozen funds” means:(a) funds owned, held or controlled by Landsbanki; and(b) funds relating to Landsbanki and owned, held or controlled by:(i) any of the Authorities; or(ii) the Government of Iceland. -We've been over whether it was the right law to use or not. It was. Period. There have always been freezing provisions in UK law and this was just the current iteration of that.

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