I know I know — ANOTHER Budget Savvy Diva Opinion Time — I call them opinion posts, the hubby calls them complaining posts… Either way – I would love if you read them – plus let me know what YOU think 🙂
Being a Diva I have a lot of opinions — and I love to tell you my horror stories of shopping and dealing with companies — because I feel your pain
I would really like your input on this topic – because I am somewhat torn.
I read A LOT of articles finding you the best money saving information and news. Well it seems that at a PUBLIC school – Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side – has BANNED all lunches from home. This is the school logic – most lunches brought from home are junk ( soda and chips) and kids deserve better healthy eating – and the school can provide it with their own lunches.
The first problem about this comes to mind is budget… though the lunch the school is providing is not more then a few dollars a day — it STILL is money. You are paying a premium for a lunch… I can easily make the hubbies lunch for less than a dollar a day – I usually put together a frugal sandwich plus leftovers from the night before. Lunches are super frugal to make and the thought of paying more money not to do that…. let’s just say it steams my buns.
Plus I have had school lunches — they are not that yummy…Plus with a food allergy ( gluten) I would find it difficult to get an adequate lunch from a school cafeteria – just sayin… Does not look from the picture above that they kids are liking it much either.
From the article –
At Little Village, most students must take the meals served in the cafeteria or go hungry or both. During a recent visit to the school, dozens of students took the lunch but threw most of it in the garbage uneaten. Though CPS has improved the nutritional quality of its meals this year, it also has seen a drop-off in meal participation among students, many of whom say the food tastes bad.
The lunches cost: $2.25 at the school –
2.25 x 5 = $11.25 a week
A month that is $45.00 per child !!! That would be a HUGE blow to my budget — how about you???
“Some of the kids don’t like the food they give at our school for lunch or breakfast,” said Little Village parent Erica Martinez. “So it would be a good idea if they could bring their lunch so they could at least eat something.”
Literally they are throwing away money….
On the flip side
I was a kid once… and I know eating unhealthy is more appealing than eating healthy – I understand what the school is trying to do. Plus kids might be spending money as it is to by junk –
From the article:
“The kids may have money or earn money and (buy junk food) without their parents’ knowledge,” Stinson said, adding that most parents expect that the school will look out for their children.
Many of the kids interviewed said that though they would bring junk food — they would be willing to compromise.
What do you think???
In the end I think there needs to be a better option then forcing parents to buy school lunches.