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Palo Alto Unified to offer all students twice-daily free meals through state program

Original post made on Jun 19, 2022

Starting this fall, students in the Palo Alto Unified School District will benefit from a statewide program that guarantees two daily free meals regardless of financial status.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 19, 2022 at 4:31 pm

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The so called free meal comes with the high price of low quality. I haven't found one single kid actually likes the free meal, while they were quite happy with the paid meal before pandemic.


Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 22, 2022 at 6:41 pm

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Those that sign the paperwork for the Federal program are last in line at lunch. Other kids race to get their meals first (you know, the winners) , those that actually secure money for schools beware of the lunch rush. Nothing is guaranteed .


Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 23, 2022 at 3:12 am

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Really? Are Palo Alto residents with their $3 million McMansions so impoverished that taxpayers must feed their children?


Posted by Laura Taylor
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 23, 2022 at 6:40 am

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"The so called free meal comes with the high price of low quality."

"Are Palo Alto residents with their $3 million McMansions so impoverished that taxpayers must feed their children?"

Simple solution...contract the free lunch program to outside vendors who could provide interesting meals with added variety.

The PAUSD (with menu input from Palo Alto parents) can easily afford to do so.

Some examples: Round Table Pizza, Village Cheese Shop, and Celia's, along with other options like sushi and artisan hamburgers.


Posted by Educator
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 23, 2022 at 7:01 am

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Dan- I am curious how many youths you have surveyed about this. As a parent in the district, my two children (one elementary, one high school) have been getting free hot lunch all year and they love it. As an educator, I’ve seen kids eating the exact same food as they were previously served. The kids who don’t like it are likely the kids who never liked it. Good news- they can always bring a lunch! Are you proposing that we bring back paid meals??


Posted by Carolyn Cross
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 23, 2022 at 11:36 am

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Overly 'healthy' themed lunches will not cut it with the kids.

Carrot and celery sticks, tofu-based alternatives, and granola bars leave something to be desired.

You gotta have hot dogs, pizza, potato chips, hamburgers and tacos to generate any real interest in the program.

Assorted deli sandwiches are also a step in the right direction.

Why go to school and endure a boring free lunch menu that borders on the unimaginative?

Food should be enjoyable even if it's unhealthy to a certain extent.

Save the 'healthy' stuff for the grownups who probably need to enlist it at their particular stage in life.

Salt, sugar, and non-trans fat (in moderation) are OK for most people AND bring back peanuts as the so-called allergy was never problematic growing up during the 1950s and 1960s.


Posted by Julianne Hughes
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 23, 2022 at 1:33 pm

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A regular Friday barbeque luncheon prepared by PTA members would be a nice treat for the kids.


Posted by Dan
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2022 at 11:22 pm

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PTA or school district should organize a survey for students on lunch quality. They're the ones know and care about the lunch quality in the first place.


Posted by Rob Cambridge
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2022 at 10:34 am

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> Food should be enjoyable even if it's unhealthy to a certain extent.

> Save the 'healthy' stuff for the grownups who probably need to enlist it at their particular stage in life.

^ Should overweight/obese students be designated a mandatory lunch menu that is focused on healthy weight loss?


Posted by David Jenkins
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 1, 2022 at 9:32 am

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Mandatory ‘healthy’ lunches for overweight/obese students would be unconstitutional and met with resistance.

People have the right to consume whatever they want, regardless of whether the foodstuffs are considered non-nutritional, unhealthy, and/or dangerous to longevity of life.

Perhaps this partially explains why fast food is a multi-billion dollar industry.


Posted by Rhonda Peters
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 1, 2022 at 3:53 pm

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Tofu and/or kale infused lunch items are not going to fly unless one is acclimated towards a vegan diet.

A vegan-style pizza is OK.


Posted by Paul Jessup
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 2, 2022 at 9:53 am

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A good idea providing the lunches are enjoyable and not tossed into the trash bin.


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