Meanie Administrators Force Parents to Make Their Own Kids' Lunch


school lunchA whole bunch of parents are flipping their wigs because their kids' Tampa-area elementary school has just banned takeout food deliveries at lunchtime. Gasp! Can you imagine? What EVER is a parent going to do now? Like, OMG, actually have to make their kids' lunch? With their own two hands? Now I understand why some people call it "Flori-Duh."

This particular school's administrators really screwed themselves a few years back when they started allowing restaurant deliveries as a PTA fundraiser. So now that they're putting their foot down, parents are whining that the school's lunch offerings are lacking, and this is just unfair. I can almost imagine some stomped feet and bottom lips stuck waaaaay out too.

I say, yeah, welcome to the club. I won't let my kid anywhere near the cafeteria line. And did you catch the Chicago public school teacher who officially outed herself on the Today show this week as the Fed Up With Lunch blogger? The news that school lunch sucks is officially not news.

Neither is this: you don't have to buy school lunch.

I might actually feel bad if these were Moms and Dads on the low-income scale who were bellyaching about all the tater tots because they have a tough time making ends meet and they depend on the free and reduced lunch programs to keep their kids' bellies full. But these are parents who have enough discretionary income to pay for restaurant deliveries.

And people, I get it. There are nights when -- after finally getting the child to go to sleep -- I want nothing more than to collapse on the couch with a glass of wine and watch something particularly inappropriate on the TV. Instead, there I am: filling a stainless steel water bottle, making a turkey sandwich and cutting the bread into triangles as requested, pulling out a yogurt ... I gave birth to her, now I'm stuck feeding her something healthy every day until I can send her off to college.

And you know what all this whining is, people? A whole big pile of first world problems.

I say good for the school for realizing that letting kids get takeout deliveries for lunch is absolutely ridiculous. They're helping the kids grow up to realize you don't always get your cake ... and definitely not on a silver platter from the chi chi place down the street. Now if only their parents will grow up.

Do you think it's NECESSARY to have food delivery at an elementary school?

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jessi... jessicasmom1

I would not have a problem with making my kids lunch atleast I know what she would be eating

nonmember avatar Amy

Wish I could read the article but I'm too stupid because I'm from Flori-duh. Nice.

jagam... jagamama0710

WOW, no. That's ridiculous. We didn't even have food delivery available at my HIGH SCHOOL unless it was for like a class party or something and we got pizza. 

ashjo85 ashjo85

I'd have a problem with the school system that banned all lunches from home in the name of health and safety. I forget which state, but it happened.

Beths... Bethsunshine

That just smacks of laziness.

Melis... Melissa042807

Yeah, seriously, if you can afford to bring your kid McDonald's or whatever and have the time to actually do it, you have the time and resources to make their lunch. Priorities, people. 

We occasionally had kids at the school I worked at come up to my desk and whine to call their parents because they didn't like what was available on the lunch line and they wanted their parents to drop everything and bring them food. We said no. You're not sick, you're not dying, stop whining and go eat your lunch. Yeah, the school food is nasty (which is a problem in and of itself), but if you have that big of a problem with it, pack a lunch. 

slw123 slw123

Restaurant delivery for elementary school kids, wow.  It should be banned, it should never have been allowed.  I actually can't believe that parents are whining about it.

Melan... Melanie420

why do little kids need resturant deliveries? i mean i agree that school luches in elementary school are very small cause i remember still being hungry after lunch in elementary school and i would come home and eat whatever i could find, but making your kids lunch takes 5 min at the least. how lazy can these parents be, these sound like the people who complain about going to work cause they have to work 40 hours a week.......its called a job, you think my husband complains about waking up at 5 in the morning to go to work at a hot factory for 8 hours everyday except on

Melan... Melanie420

i do understand bringing up mcdonalds for your kids and eating with them on special occasions but you have to draw the line somewhere


corri... corrinacs

I don't agree with your comment about the "free lunchers" the ones bringing in the fast food.  Many times, that's not the case :/.

But I understand what you mean....I agree, I don't think we should be letting that happen all of the time.  And its not rocket science to make lunch for someone....heck, if they are in grade school, make them help or better yet MAKE THIER OWN LUNCH!  ( doing things on thier own? how cruel??)..

yeah LOL.  My 4yo can manage his own jelly sandwhich (can't have peanut butter due to severe allergies...,but still LOL).

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