POLL: How Do You Handle School Lunches?

Patch wants to know if your child buys his or her lunch, or if you pack it at home.

This week marks the start of the new year for most students who attend Anne Arundel County Public School (AACPS) and Patch wants to know what your kids are eating during the day.

AACPS offers both breakfast and lunch to students, and the current cost of meals is the same as it was last year. When the Board of Education voted in May to not raise meal prices, it was the first time in four years that parents did not see at schools. The price of breakfast is $1.35 at all schools, and lunch is $2.60 for elementary students and $2.85 at middle and high schools.

Improved menu offerings include more whole grains, lean protein choices and fruits and vegetables. Thanks to initiatives like the Farm to School program, students have access to fresh local produce. Schools will recognize the fifth annual Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week on Sept. 17-21.

According to AACPS, schools will serve more than 5 million lunches and 1.9 million breakfasts.

Patch wants to know: Does your child buy his or her lunch at school or do you pack it at home?

See more:

  • AACPS elementary lunch menu for
  • AACPS elementary lunch menu for

Take the poll and leave a comment to let us know what you think about the pricing and nutritional quality of school-provided lunches.

Lisa September 04, 2012 at 01:37 AM
25 min. is not enough time for kids' lunch. It is unhealthy for kids to be inhaling their food and they aren't getting enough time to eat what they have. We were buying, but then decided she'd have more time to eat and better food if she took lunch. I go to her school for lunch and was upset by the teachers with microphones telling them to be quiet the whole time...seemed more like a prison. I thought that was down time for them. Also, last year my then 2nd grade daughter came home and told us that they were serving lunches on styrofoam trays. Not only do we teach our kids that styrofoam is bad for the environment and isn't biodegradable, they happened to be discussing recycling about that time...sending mixed messages! Do as I say, not as I do.
Patrick H. September 04, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Shamefully that is true. BUT if the courts can appoint a guardian-ad-litum to represent children why cann't we find a union that the parents can join on behalf of their children? According to other reports in the PATCH it appears as if we are the only county that has a voting student on our School Board. Why not a union? I'm just saying.
Patrick H. September 04, 2012 at 12:12 PM
God forbid they should have to wash trays. I'll bet the school principal could do something about this IF he/she really cared. It sounds as if it is 'just another class' to the school. It is supposed to be down time and social time. Back to lunches in the classroom. I haven't had time toreally research it yet - how are the academics here? Do they have gym, art and music or is FOOTBALL the word of the day?
Dawn September 04, 2012 at 02:52 PM
That is how it was at my girls school last year, with the microphone and telling them to be quiet. I stopped going up there at lunch because it was too stressful. They had recess before lunch, during winter time they had to bring their winter coats with them to lunch and sit on them. They also used Styrofoam trays. We have changed school this year, and its a green school, I need to find out if they use Styrofoam trays. They still use microphones but not as much and the kids are allowed to talk!!
Associate September 04, 2012 at 06:52 PM
My son looks at the menu calendar ahead of time and pretty much only buys on pizza day. That is fine with me because I prefer him to bring lunch from home so I know what he eats. And yes, my son gets 10-15 minutes for lunch and that leaves about 10-15 minutes for recess. THAT IS INSANE! My son has always eaten very slowly and he does come home with lunch in his lunchbox that has been untouched. The one good thing is that his teacher allows a quick snack time in class. Same as last year. He needs that to keep his blood sugar and FOCUS in check. It's funny, with all of the free time and creative, physical cut backs in school classes, the kids sure are not excelling as much as the state has planned. And please know that I do not mean that children are idiots, I just think having more free time and creative time in the past meant for better behaved, more creative problem solvers. I volunteer at my boys school weekly and have for 3 years now. I love the kids and they know me by name.


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