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Amelie Donating Member (138 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-09 10:51 AM
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198. Nope
Just a typed note with her cafeteria number on it. It happened to several of our friends, and we got together and complained. We were pretty insulted. Bread and water. I didn't know our schools had turned into prisons.

What they do now is send a note home saying that their cafeteria account is low; please send your child with a packed lunch or $1.35 to cover tomorrow's lunch.

It *is* vile. That is the perfect word. Just the idea of sending my four year old through the cafeteria line, only to get a roll and water while her friends were feasting on nuggets, pudding, fruit, salad, and milk was enough to make me dig through the sofa cushions, car, sock drawer, etc. to find five dollars to get her through the week.
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  -Low-income children shamed by cheese sandwich policy ccharles000  Feb-26-09 10:51 PM   #0 
  - If parents can't afford the regular priced lunches, they can get free or reduced priced lunches. If  ogneopasno   Feb-26-09 10:52 PM   #1 
  - Do you know how many minority children are lactose intolerant?  pnwmom   Feb-26-09 10:55 PM   #5 
  - Why single out minorities? I hope those parents read the handbook when it comes home where it says  ogneopasno   Feb-26-09 10:56 PM   #8 
  - Because there is much more lactose intolerance among African and Asian  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 01:01 AM   #48 
  - Yeah, them damn white people picking on lactose intolerant minorities.  acmavm   Feb-27-09 04:55 AM   #72 
  - You can't vouch for the fact that no one might have unintentionally  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 05:12 AM   #75 
  - give it up  shari   Feb-27-09 05:27 AM   #78 
  - I haven't accused anyone of racism. I doubt that it's common knowledge  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 05:44 AM   #83 
     - yeah....  shari   Feb-27-09 05:50 AM   #85 
     - I agree -- it wasn't intentional. Just unfortunate. I hope schools do offer  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 06:46 AM   #96 
     - Milk does NOT do a body good.  buzzycrumbhunger   Feb-27-09 06:23 PM   #192 
  - God that's stupid.  acmavm   Feb-27-09 06:38 AM   #91 
  - I'm sorry it's beyond your comprehension. n/t  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 06:44 AM   #95 
     - What is wrong with you? Are one of these nuts here  acmavm   Feb-27-09 07:43 AM   #98 
        - You have an interesting way of grossly overreacting.  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 02:58 PM   #166 
           - Of course it does. You used one of the cheapest and most disgusting  acmavm   Feb-27-09 03:50 PM   #173 
              - When did I "cry racist"? n/t  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 03:53 PM   #174 
                 - Now you're just trying to be cute. I'm not the only one who called you on  acmavm   Feb-27-09 03:55 PM   #175 
                    - There is nothing in that quote or in anything else I've written to support  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 04:15 PM   #176 
                       - Ok so you made the remarks out of ignorance. I can understand that.  acmavm   Feb-27-09 04:41 PM   #177 
                          - Get a grip. n/t  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 04:43 PM   #179 
  - And you can't vouch that they did  WolverineDG   Feb-27-09 10:45 AM   #135 
  - *ahem*  Lance_Boyle   Feb-28-09 11:12 AM   #200 
  - Are African- and Asian-Americans completely incapable of telling the school to not give their kids  ogneopasno   Feb-27-09 06:43 AM   #94 
  - Nah! It's just one great big plot. By the way, would this mean  acmavm   Feb-27-09 08:10 AM   #101 
     - Wow you are a piece of work, aren't you? You're like Jessica Savitch on a bender.  closeupready   Feb-27-09 09:51 AM   #112 
        - I don't have to STFU ever. Not because of you. And yes you  acmavm   Feb-27-09 10:18 AM   #123 
        - Hey, Nebraska - you got running water yet?  closeupready   Feb-27-09 10:20 AM   #124 
           - Um, yeah, Nebraska has running water and cell phones. We're actually  TwilightGardener   Feb-27-09 10:28 AM   #126 
           - Just one of our resident morans. Pay no mind.  acmavm   Feb-27-09 12:12 PM   #155 
           - I am soooooooo impressed and hurt! I guess I'll just have to go  acmavm   Feb-27-09 10:29 AM   #127 
        - You might pay attention instead of this...  JuniperLea   Feb-27-09 05:12 PM   #184 
           - If you believe that there are 'black people' and 'white people'  closeupready   Feb-27-09 09:38 PM   #196 
  - Oh man, I thought there were live ones on the other thread  WolverineDG   Feb-27-09 10:39 AM   #132 
  - Are you denying the lunchroom racism plot?  AngryAmish   Feb-27-09 10:53 AM   #139 
     - Most definitely nt  WolverineDG   Feb-27-09 11:01 AM   #143 
     - Where did this talk about a "plot" come in?  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 03:07 PM   #167 
     - I am  JuniperLea   Feb-27-09 05:13 PM   #186 
  - This minority says...  AyanEva   Feb-27-09 10:59 AM   #141 
  - 'Scuse me...  JuniperLea   Feb-27-09 05:05 PM   #182 
  - "crap-filled lunches" is right.  bulloney   Feb-27-09 05:30 AM   #79 
  - And those kids will get a different sandwich  proud2BlibKansan   Feb-26-09 11:40 PM   #18 
  - Do you know how many minority children are lactose intolerant?  pnwmom   Feb-26-09 10:55 PM   #6 
     - There are a lot of kids with peanut allergies let them eat bread? No  madmom   Feb-27-09 11:03 AM   #144 
     - Indeed...  JuniperLea   Feb-27-09 05:16 PM   #188 
        - You and me both, I would be tickled pink if some one gave my kids a cheese sandwich if  madmom   Feb-27-09 05:53 PM   #191 
     - Do you know how many white kids are?  JuniperLea   Feb-27-09 05:14 PM   #187 
  - It'd be a whole lot cheaper to just sew a scarlet letter on their shirts  leftstreet   Feb-26-09 10:53 PM   #2 
  - I say P for Poor...  JuniperLea   Feb-27-09 05:10 PM   #183 
  - I've said this before about the homeless -  TBF   Feb-26-09 10:53 PM   #3 
  - Stupid, nasty policy. And the minority children who are often lactose-intolerant?  pnwmom   Feb-26-09 10:54 PM   #4 
  - I'm 'white' as 'white' gets and lactose intolerant to boot. And you're  acmavm   Feb-27-09 08:55 AM   #107 
     - Is that Kansas in your avatar?  closeupready   Feb-27-09 09:52 AM   #113 
        - Well, if isn't that a lot of relevant info to this post. What's got your  acmavm   Feb-27-09 09:57 AM   #114 
           - Your extremely derisive tone. This is supposed to be a friendly board, not one  closeupready   Feb-27-09 10:07 AM   #118 
              - I KNEW you'd be back. Like a lemming looking for the shoreline,  acmavm   Feb-27-09 10:12 AM   #119 
                 - Please quote me the part where I accused "whitey of a plot to poison  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 03:12 PM   #168 
  - I one little kid has to eat a cheese sandwich, they all should have to eat cheese sandwiches. Who  lonestarnot   Feb-26-09 10:55 PM   #7 
  - I honestly don't understand the outrage over this  proud2BlibKansan   Feb-26-09 11:42 PM   #19 
     - I guess lots of DUers don't like cheese  hfojvt   Feb-27-09 03:08 AM   #58 
     - Yea, so many deadbeat k-12 students out there these days.  JTFrog   Feb-27-09 04:44 AM   #69 
     - it's the parents who are deadbeats  hfojvt   Feb-27-09 12:06 PM   #153 
        - "Revenge is a dish best served cold."  JTFrog   Feb-27-09 12:15 PM   #156 
     - Not if it's a sign showing one kid to be different from another  JuniperLea   Feb-27-09 05:23 PM   #189 
     - What is 'lactose intolerance' exactly? How does it manifest? I read that it  jhrobbins   Feb-27-09 07:57 AM   #99 
     - In most people, it's symptoms like indigestion, gas, colon pain, etc.  pnwmom   Feb-27-09 03:17 PM   #170 
     - No kidding nt  WolverineDG   Feb-27-09 10:40 AM   #133 
  - They can play football with bundles of cash in Iraq but we can't feed school children.  EFerrari   Feb-26-09 10:57 PM   #9 
  - In washington, the threshold for reduced price lunch is higher than I thought.  lumberjack_jeff   Feb-26-09 10:59 PM   #10 
  - And I think we feed the kids first and sort it out later.  EFerrari   Feb-26-09 11:01 PM   #11 
     - Perhaps the "sorting out" would involve a visit to the home of parents who don't feed their kids.  lumberjack_jeff   Feb-26-09 11:06 PM   #12 
     - How well do you know CPS? They're nothing to write home about.  EFerrari   Feb-26-09 11:36 PM   #16 
     - In my area, on the first day of school, the student brings home a reduced lunch form.  lumberjack_jeff   Feb-27-09 08:10 AM   #100 
        - Thank you for being a voice of reason n/t  Ms. Toad   Feb-27-09 10:36 AM   #129 
        - That's fine in theory. In practice, we're talking about children, not livestock.  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 12:51 PM   #158 
     - Sure  Missy Vixen   Feb-27-09 12:03 AM   #25 
     - Okay I will stop at the grocery store tomorrow morning and buy some bread and cheese  proud2BlibKansan   Feb-26-09 11:47 PM   #20 
        - Let them eat bailout!  EFerrari   Feb-26-09 11:50 PM   #22 
           - Bailout with cheese!  proud2BlibKansan   Feb-26-09 11:59 PM   #23 
              - They were broke twenty years ago. You all must be keeping things together  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 12:03 AM   #24 
  - Why don't they just put crowns on the kids who paid?  omega minimo   Feb-26-09 11:08 PM   #13 
  - OMG.  shari   Feb-26-09 11:13 PM   #14 
  - At least grill the damn sandwich  Lorien   Feb-26-09 11:16 PM   #15 
  - Maybe there isn't a grill  proud2BlibKansan   Feb-26-09 11:48 PM   #21 
  - grillin' costs extry  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 12:24 AM   #31 
  - really? Because I would rather eat a cold sandwich than a greasy one.  hfojvt   Feb-27-09 03:11 AM   #59 
  - Revenge?  JTFrog   Feb-27-09 04:49 AM   #70 
  - I love cheese sandwiches,eat them all the time. My SO and i used to argue about  madmom   Feb-27-09 11:11 AM   #146 
  - I loooove grilled cheese sandwiches.  dkf   Feb-28-09 11:05 AM   #199 
  - I think the kids are getting a well balanced meal  proud2BlibKansan   Feb-26-09 11:38 PM   #17 
  - Cry me a river...  Cid_B   Feb-27-09 12:14 AM   #26 
  - I say send the parents a bill... parents can then prove hardship or neglect.  wroberts189   Feb-27-09 12:19 AM   #27 
  - That's a good idea.  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 12:24 AM   #32 
  - They've been doing that - and it wasn't working. n/t  Ms. Toad   Feb-27-09 10:38 AM   #131 
  - This policy was implemented only after  Ms. Toad   Feb-27-09 12:21 AM   #28 
  - Who the hell is telling these kids eating a sandwich and fruit is a BAD THING?  SmileyRose   Feb-27-09 12:22 AM   #29 
  - Carnivores  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 12:24 AM   #30 
     - Too bad we don't have a dictator here so our kids could have a morning snack  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 12:25 AM   #33 
        - mmmmmmmmmmmm  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 12:27 AM   #35 
           - snort  SmileyRose   Feb-27-09 12:28 AM   #36 
              - hey there, pass the Victory Gin  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 12:31 AM   #38 
  - HOW CAN YE 'AVE ANY PUDDING EF YE DON'T EAT YER MEAT??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 12:26 AM   #34 
  - Low income. Might be the best meal they get that day.  flvegan   Feb-27-09 12:29 AM   #37 
  - Yes and valuable lessons in public humiliation and rejection for the crime of being poor  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 12:31 AM   #39 
     - Really. Why is it public humiliation?  flvegan   Feb-27-09 12:58 AM   #47 
        - how is it not? do you remember school? you like a scarlet letter or yellow/pink triangle to wear?  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 01:36 AM   #53 
        - According to my daughter,  Ms. Toad   Feb-27-09 10:46 AM   #136 
        - Because kids feel badly when they stand out.  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 01:37 AM   #54 
        - Hmmmmm....  shari   Feb-27-09 02:27 AM   #56 
        - I can't believe you can't see how it wouldn't be.  Forkboy   Feb-27-09 08:40 AM   #103 
  - Depends. Is it Gubmint Cheese?  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 12:35 AM   #40 
  - I'm drawn to the classism in these threads like a moth to a flame  leftstreet   Feb-27-09 12:39 AM   #41 
  - If they're bad, it's Cold Cheese Food Product ----- from a CAN  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 12:44 AM   #43 
  - A cheese sandwich is better than nothing  WolverineDG   Feb-27-09 11:00 AM   #142 
  - Am re-reading "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"  Iwillnevergiveup   Feb-27-09 12:39 AM   #42 
  - if i were hungry at lunch, i would appreciate a cheese sandwich...  1   Feb-27-09 12:47 AM   #44 
  - What if you were lactose intolerant? Would you appreciate it then? n/t  JTFrog   Feb-27-09 04:50 AM   #71 
  - It's one of my favorite lunches....  GoCubsGo   Feb-27-09 10:23 AM   #125 
  - It's crappy, but what is the school expected to do?  cynatnite   Feb-27-09 12:52 AM   #45 
  - Figure out a way to not intentionally ostracize impressionable youngsters?  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 12:54 AM   #46 
     - here's a thought. feed them all fucking cheese sandwiches...  1   Feb-27-09 01:02 AM   #49 
     - That's not "lowest" -- that's VEGETARIAN  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 01:34 AM   #52 
     - Give them all cheese sandwiches. n/t  cynatnite   Feb-27-09 01:21 AM   #51 
  - That's not a bad lunch.  InvisibleTouch   Feb-27-09 01:17 AM   #50 
  - I always packed a lunch, too...  GoCubsGo   Feb-27-09 10:49 AM   #137 
  - when I was a kid  shari   Feb-27-09 02:11 AM   #55 
  - I really hate this idea  BamaGirl   Feb-27-09 02:57 AM   #57 
  - Oh bullshit (yes, I'm just gonna say it)!!!!  Mind_your_head   Feb-27-09 03:26 AM   #60 
  - Well said.  shari   Feb-27-09 03:42 AM   #61 
  - Way to completely miss the point that this measure doesn't address the parents at all  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 03:48 AM   #62 
  - No,  shari   Feb-27-09 03:55 AM   #63 
  - And you are also pushing the problem off on the kids. n/t  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 03:58 AM   #64 
  - Kids are just adults 'waiting to happen'.....and they often LEARN  Mind_your_head   Feb-27-09 04:08 AM   #65 
  - Giving kids the opportunity to be responsible is not the same  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 12:21 PM   #157 
  - Whatever.  shari   Feb-27-09 04:10 AM   #66 
     - Shari, you're right!  Mind_your_head   Feb-27-09 04:17 AM   #67 
     - Thank-you  shari   Feb-27-09 04:29 AM   #68 
     - You've missed the entire point of this thread, starting with the Subject line.  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 02:20 PM   #162 
     - I survived, too, and raised a brother while I was at it.  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 02:19 PM   #161 
  - the kids can't even tie their shoes... let alone make a lunch..  lib2DaBone   Feb-27-09 07:01 PM   #193 
  - The problems of the parents  shari   Feb-27-09 05:08 AM   #74 
     - Well, no, they're not. It's one thing to teach your children consideration  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 12:07 PM   #154 
  - It isn't about the kindness of feeding them. It's about stigmatizing them.  JTFrog   Feb-27-09 04:56 AM   #73 
     - Still the fault of the parents.  shari   Feb-27-09 05:14 AM   #76 
     - Sorry, that caps lock thing still isn't working for me.  JTFrog   Feb-27-09 05:27 AM   #77 
     - so....  shari   Feb-27-09 05:31 AM   #80 
        - Again, the child shouldn't be punished for the responsibility of the parent.  JTFrog   Feb-27-09 05:34 AM   #81 
           - Then  shari   Feb-27-09 05:41 AM   #82 
              - Again, you're trying to make it the kid's responsibility. There are adults at the school.  JTFrog   Feb-27-09 05:47 AM   #84 
                 - I'm under the impression  shari   Feb-27-09 05:57 AM   #86 
                    - At what point do you consider it the child's responsibility?  JTFrog   Feb-27-09 06:03 AM   #87 
                       - well  shari   Feb-27-09 06:18 AM   #88 
                       - I'll tell you something....  shari   Feb-27-09 06:31 AM   #90 
                          - I knew someone would play the "I had to go through it, so can they" gambit.  Forkboy   Feb-27-09 08:43 AM   #105 
                          - LOL! My poor brother had to live through my 12 yr old cooking for five years.  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 02:24 PM   #163 
                          - Oh cry me a river. I guess we need to erect a shrine to you.  acmavm   Feb-27-09 01:49 PM   #160 
     - Sins of the fathers are the sins of the sons, I suppose.  LanternWaste   Feb-27-09 08:20 AM   #102 
     - Punish the children for their parent's mistakes.  Forkboy   Feb-27-09 08:41 AM   #104 
     - Are they "stigmatized" because they don't have name brand sneakers. or the latest video game, or  madmom   Feb-27-09 11:28 AM   #147 
  - If they're poor, why don't they apply for free/reduced?  donco6   Feb-27-09 06:28 AM   #89 
  - Any time you "single out" or make a child or children different from their peers in a  michaz   Feb-27-09 06:39 AM   #92 
  - They aren't being singled out  proud2BlibKansan   Feb-27-09 06:43 AM   #93 
  - We are in the middle of an economic crisis. Time to stop pretending this is 1980.  kickysnana   Feb-27-09 07:24 AM   #97 
  - That's actually not a bad lunch at all. I will say, as a parent, that I often FORGET to pay  TwilightGardener   Feb-27-09 08:46 AM   #106 
  - that's really cheesy  omega minimo   Feb-27-09 09:11 AM   #108 
  - Booooo....hissssss......  TwilightGardener   Feb-27-09 09:17 AM   #109 
  - I'm been a lunch account deadbeat a few times  fed_up_mother   Feb-27-09 09:39 AM   #110 
  - Not a big deal here, either--my kids honestly don't care, they just  TwilightGardener   Feb-27-09 09:47 AM   #111 
  - "I don't consider it shameful at all"  Lyric   Feb-27-09 10:00 AM   #115 
     - There's no stigma for free lunch in our school  fed_up_mother   Feb-27-09 10:03 AM   #117 
     - Nobody is ridiculing my kids (well, not for the lunch thing, anyway).  TwilightGardener   Feb-27-09 10:14 AM   #121 
     - I agree, Lyric. I also was a poor child.  I Have A Dream   Feb-27-09 11:45 AM   #150 
  - A cold cheese sandwich, fruit, and a milk carton sounds a lot like what I ate for lunch as a child  slackmaster   Feb-27-09 10:03 AM   #116 
  - Too Bad So Sad. I Think It's Great They Even Get The Sandwich.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Feb-27-09 10:13 AM   #120 
  - Gee look how lucky your are Kid ,, You got a cheese sandwich , isn't 'That Great!'  bahrbearian   Feb-27-09 07:13 PM   #194 
  - I wanted to give you a thoughtful response-  Mother Of Four   Feb-27-09 10:15 AM   #122 
  - Similar response from my daughter  Ms. Toad   Feb-27-09 10:57 AM   #140 
  - So, contrary to many reports on these threads, if it didn't happen in your experience  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 02:30 PM   #164 
     - Are you intentionally misreading?  Mother Of Four   Feb-27-09 03:14 PM   #169 
        - No, I asked a question because I didn't know if I was reading you right.  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 03:34 PM   #172 
           - Hokley dokey-  Mother Of Four   Feb-27-09 05:13 PM   #185 
              - I think school uniforms may be a good solution in a lot of settings, too.  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 05:49 PM   #190 
  - in my kid's school,this is called an "If you forget your lunch money"thing  w8liftinglady   Feb-27-09 10:29 AM   #128 
  - Here in Pittsburgh  dropkickpa   Feb-27-09 10:38 AM   #130 
  - My Mom wouldve slapped my head off for complaining about free food.  bunnies   Feb-27-09 10:40 AM   #134 
  - you made me spit iced tea. You, me and Bill Cosby must have had the same Mom.  SmileyRose   Feb-27-09 11:49 AM   #151 
  - In a nation were we throw out millions of tons of food annually due to  Javaman   Feb-27-09 10:53 AM   #138 
  - I'd love to, but sadly, food costs money.  donco6   Feb-27-09 11:36 AM   #148 
  - It sounds like the game is rigged to deny you funding.  EFerrari   Feb-27-09 12:57 PM   #159 
     - We've fought it for years and years and years.  donco6   Feb-27-09 05:03 PM   #180 
  - The cheese sandwich, fruit, and milk IS a free lunch  Mind_your_head   Feb-27-09 10:12 PM   #197 
  - My daugher's school does something similar  cherish44   Feb-27-09 11:10 AM   #145 
  - We don't do PBJ because of the peanut allergy thing.  donco6   Feb-27-09 11:38 AM   #149 
  - That's what my daughter's school does too, unless the child has an allergy  gollygee   Feb-27-09 03:23 PM   #171 
  - I got a note from my daughter's school after I went a week w/o paying  Amelie   Feb-27-09 11:57 AM   #152 
  - Did the school ask why you hadn't paid? Did they ask if you needed  snappyturtle   Feb-27-09 04:42 PM   #178 
     - Nope  Amelie   Feb-28-09 10:51 AM   #198 
        - I am so sorry you've had to experience this lack of concern for  snappyturtle   Feb-28-09 02:49 PM   #201 
  - I bet the kids don't mind the sandwiches but it does let everybody know who's  AlCzervik   Feb-27-09 02:31 PM   #165 
  - Class warfare  JuniperLea   Feb-27-09 05:04 PM   #181 
  - There is no shame in coming from a poor family  santamargarita   Feb-27-09 07:23 PM   #195 

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