No More Twinkies . Let them eat Onions!

United States
May 27, 2011 7:08pm CST
This was the headline of of my local paper. Turns out an elementary school in D.C. served raw onions as snack for their students. It was a mishap that wasn't noticed until it was too late for some classes. Kids actually ate the onions! I know they want kids to eat healthy but this is ridiculous! Am I so glad I am finished with school! If I couldn't bring my own lunch, then I would just fast until dinner. I wonder how many kids are doing just that. They don't like the school's lunch so they have nothing until dinner? After the onions I wonder how many will start? Your thoughts.
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
28 May 11
Whoah! Why would they do that? Weren't there adults supervising the procurement and distribution of lunch to kids? I could just imagine what happened to those kids, most would be crying because of the sting of those onions hhehee.. Anyway, why don't they just open the school cafeteria to companies and then kids would just buy wheat they want? That is what we do here in our country, there are several individual businesses (usually homemakers) and the price isn't that bad and the food is great.
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• United States
28 May 11
Here The government fears the home made lunch. I heard many schools have banned home cooked lunches. So it is the school lunch or nothing. I would opt for nothing.
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
28 May 11
Then why not open the food area to small businesses instead of ineffectively handling it on their own?
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• United States
29 May 11
That makes sense . And that is why they may Never do it. They seem to need to control Everything.
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
28 May 11
That is quite ridiculous, I don't even eat raw onions... They could have served them lettuce or cabbage. I always see to it that my children brings lunch and snacks so they won't starve in school.
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• United States
28 May 11
That's the whole point, in many schools one can't bring in food from home. In many cases the child's lunch is taken from them.
@watergirl (569)
• Philippines
28 May 11
I understand the need to have kids eat healthy but raw onions?!? Was this a crazy joke played by the school canteen? Personally, I'd rather have my kids eat twinkies than starve til dinner. I hope nothing like this happens again. I feel sorry for those kids.
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• United States
28 May 11
Since you can't bring in food to many schools I think there are many kids that go hungry until dinner.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
28 May 11
Maye this kids can't afford to bring a regular lunch except for an onion! I have heard adults eating whole onions! I know my dad did! Maybe,too,this kids can't afford to buy a school lunch? If these kids can't afford a decent meal at school,the school need to see about having a free lunch program in the school! Providing it can be paid for!
• United States
28 May 11
These kids were signed up for free lunch and snack. The snack was suppose to be zucchini.
• Canada
28 May 11
thats kind of funny yet so wrong.I would hate to be those kids. Glad im not in school anymore I hate raw onions. Those kids who ate them must really love them or just were really hungry.
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• United States
28 May 11
The latter I fear.
• United States
28 May 11
Gosh that is sad and terrible to hear. How on earth any of the kids actually ate them. I was one of those fasting all year long at both elementary and high school because I was never given lunch money and the food stunk so bad I had to hold a scarf and or the top of my shirt to refrain from smelling the yucky repeated foods. It always reminded me of hospital food.
• United States
28 May 11
During elementary school I took a tuna sandwich. But by the time I was in highschool my " lunch" was so early I just had some bread and cheese. I never bought the school lunch.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
28 May 11
Thing is...kids will probably start (with parents help even) sneaking snack foods in to school in their pockets, purses or back packs and eat at recess. And not to many healthy snacks in that small of packages so there goes the health part that they are trying to solve. And give me a break...they didn't notice they were dishing up onions? That really smells like lazy, who-cares cafeteria workers.
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
28 May 11
Hi. sarahruthbeth22. This is just crazy! How can the schools serve onions as a snack. That is ridiculous! Eating just raw onions is gross when a person wants a snack. There are many snacks that are very healthy that kids can eat for a snack. Onions is just not one of them. Also, onions makes a person's breath smell bad. Once their breaths start to reek, then everyone will be smelling each others breath! I really wonder if the schools are going to let the kids chew, chewing gum after eating all of the smelly onions.
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• United States
28 May 11
Of course not!
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
28 May 11
Yes, that is what I thought so too!
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
14 Jun 11
Okay, twinkies are garbage but onions? Please. How stupid is that. I would never eat in school today if I was there. I would eat breakfast at home and then I would wait until dinner. I know if I was still in school and they served onions, my class would not eat them, they would either throw them out of the window or have onion fights in class. And the one kid that did eat it would be called onion breath all year. There is no incentive for kids to want to go to school today. If things keep going this way at some point the kids won't be allowed to breathe.
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• United States
14 Jun 11
Agreed. The food Nazis think that serving a " healthy" lunch the kids will eat it! Wrong. Many will just fast and then have a fast food dinner.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
29 May 11
Some of this is going way to far as far as I am concerned. I have grandkids in school....and they do have enough choices...and if their parents let them make a few decisions I bet alot of them would pick healthy snacks anyway! I am not all for "lets force this on them"..attitude!
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• United States
30 May 11
I am very stubborn And I assume everyone is as stubborn as I. They push , I refuse . So I would just fast until after school.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
29 May 11
Can you imagine getting raw onions for a snack? That is nuts! I think I would be calling the school over that one. Poor kids. Your right though, there are probably a lot of children that are fasting.
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• United States
29 May 11
I know I would be. Knowing my mom, I would have brought home the paper with the rule No home lunches permitted and before I could say Anything , my mom would tell me after school I would get to eat . I never have breakfast anyway! Back when I was in elementary school , my mom would pick me up. So either we would go to McDonalds Or I would get home and have a super dinner. I think this Healthier kids program just may backfire! Think about it, if the kids aren't having a lunch, And they get home before their working parents, They will fill up on junk food Right after school.The Food Nazis say Breakfast is the most important meal but these kids may eat a breakfast but no lunch at school so they will get most of their food afterschool. And then sit around doing homework and then to bed!
• Canada
28 May 11
What a stupid mistake! If I was a parent, I'd take some kind of legal action against the school for making a mistake like that, even if it was only to raise public awareness of stupid mistakes, and even if all I got for it was a public apology. I understand nobody's perfect, but some mistakes just can't afford to be made. If kids are hungry enough to eat raw onions, it says a lot about how much food those kids are actually getting. one would have to be pretty effing desperate!
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@walif6 (11)
• Bangladesh
28 May 11
I thouht you are right...............
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• United States
28 May 11
For some students, the school lunch is their main meal of the day or maybe their only meal of the day, so they're not going to pass it up. I think others will wait until dinner before eating. When I got into high school, I seldom ate at school. The lunch time was so short and the line was always so long. There just wasn't enough time to eat well. I was more apt to get something like ice cream than a hot meal.
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