Lunch credit cards + kids = worries
Original post made by Elementary Parent, Palo Verde, on Sep 30, 2006
1. How can handing cards out to kids and then presumably collecting them afterwards speed things up? It probably makes two lines instead of one and may speed up the second.
2. How can we be sure that the kids are buying lunch only and no snacks, or not having 2 entrees or 2 drinks and once again, how can we be sure that they are buying the fruits and veggies? Also how can we be sure that they are not buying for friends who would rather have pizza than what they brought themselves? If we put a month's worth of money on a card and it goes in 2 weeks, what happens then?
Please don't ask me to check on line everyday. I would rather give them the lunch money and know that it is spent that day and let them have lunch at school when I know about it, not when they don't like what I have packed for them.
3. Lunchdeposit.com charges a 6% service fee for their service. This amounts in a 6% price increase to parents which seems pretty sneaky when they presumably have our money earning interest until our kids spend it and double sneaky when we were told at the beginning of the year that the price would remain at $3 per day this year when last year the price was $2.75.
4. The lunches may be healthier than before if the kids eat what is supposedly a balanced lunch from the lunch cart, but if they pick and chose only the parts they like and end up eating one bite and throwing the rest away because it tastes nasty, this can hardly be called a healthy lunch. There is already a thread here about how to get the kids to eat lunch and not play too early. This may be a means to that end, but not the one we want.
So I do have worries about this system. I would really like to see if I'm the only one.