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Our View: the LeSabre Staff on Lunches

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It was heated discussion time in Mrs. Nelson’s classroom, home of the LeSabre, last Friday. The topic of debate was our school lunches. The most touched on part of the whole debacle was not that OUR school lunches were too small, or that the amount of food we are getting is not enough, but that if we are getting smaller meals (or meals the same size as kindergarteners), has the obesity rate really changed?

It was unanimously stated among the journalism staff that our current lunches aren’t what they used to be. We’d realized that now kids are bringing more lunches from home, to which Jake Martin stated, “If I don’t have to obey the school lunch rules then, hey, I’m going to bring zebra-cakes.”

But what about the kids eating at school? The portions are smaller; they’re obviously eating less at school, and at home? They’re more likely to go home and stuff their faces with the first thing they can find. That’s where we’re thinking the obesity is coming from.

It’s not anyone’s fault, don’t get us wrong, we’re not blaming anyone. We’re just disappointed that the government limits to only so many calories and with such strict limitations, we can’t really eat what we want to eat, or get what we need. Organic is definitely better for us, but is it that much better than our good-old Toasty Dogs? Because of how we have been raised, or been functioning, we’re not used to taking the healthier option at school; ultimately, then, we end up with funky fruits or vulgar veggies, and we coin a phrase like Sam Chappell, “That’s not organic, it’s just old.”

Another question that was dicussed is the school losing money now? If so many kids are eating cold lunch, that means less hot lunches are being bought. So, what are the benefits of this program? No money and a bigger obesity problem? We just aren’t sure.

We’d come to the conclusion that because of our minimal calorie lunches, more kids are eating unhealthy snacks because they’re easy and the students are just plain hungry.

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