Should high-fat foods be banned from school lunch programs and calorie-loaded snacks and soft drinks removed from school vending machines?
- CW, Bishopville
School lunches should be well-balanced meals. Although the amount of fat in these meals could be reduced, banning the foods that students will actually eat will only result in more food being thrown away.
- RW, West Columbia
Start serving students MREs. They're cheap, good, and nutritious.
- LA, Irmo
I don't agree with what they're trying to do. This is just another example of people expecting others to raise their own kids. Anyone who has a problem with it, there's nothing wrong with their hands where they can't fix their kids healthy lunches for school. If you think about it, some children only get junk food through school, or only get french fries during a school lunch because they can't afford it when they get home. How about trying to keep P.E or some kind of gym classes in our schools?
- AR, WEST COLUMBIA
When asked this question, I thought about when I went to High School and how all the students could chose what they wanted to drink and eat! I think if they do take the vending machines out, that there will be more students skipping School to go to the store to purchase these drinks and snacks! Then the Schools we'll just have another problem on there hands.
- TC, Columbia
Yes, I think they should...In fact, I believe they have already removed them from my daughter's school...They still have drink machines but I they only have Powerade, water, and Gatorade in them. The cafeteria, I don't know what they serve in there becasue she never eats there anymore. She takes her own lunch and it is always healthy things. She ate in the cafeteria once and there was mold on the bread.
- KD, Cayce
They need to quit worrying about the snacks and worry abut the lunches. Since our district went to a private company to prepare lunch, the quality has gone way down.The other day some student's whole lunch consisted of one breadstick and a cup of dipping sauce. No wonder they choose junk food.
- aw, Lexington
My oldest graduated in 2006. A year before that Lex Dist 1 replaced the items from the vending machines with more healty items. This did not stop her or her friends, before school they would stop by the store, fill up a diet coke bottle with reg coke and take it to school, my daughter kept a cooler in her car for her and her friends to get drinks out of. I wish the goverment will back off, this is not their place to tell our kids what they can and can't eat, if they want it, they will get it.
- DT, West Columbia
Well, since we can't persuade our kids to eat a healthy diet we'll simply compel them to by eliminating any possibility of their making incorrect choices. (at school anyway) What an American idea!
- JP, Columbia
I definitely think that any school meal should be made up of seriously controlled healthy foods. Cold drink and snack machines should be removed altogether. Students should not be allowed to snack during or between classes.
- EC, Sumter
I am a teacher and mother. I certainly agree with serving healthy lunches at school, especially seeing as this is the only some of our children get in a day. I don't agree with taking the drinks and snacks out of vending machines. Most of these are in middle or high school anyway and these kids will get the junk one way or the other. In elementary schools, kids don't use vending machines anyway, at least not in our school, so it shouldn't matter