School Lunch at 9:30 a.m. Is Hard to Digest

School lunchWould you want your kid to be eating lunch at 9:30 a.m.?

Yeah, me neither. But it turns out that's the reality for some kids, including those who go to several Florida schools.

There ought to be a law, you say? Well, in fact, there is: It's federally mandated that school lunches be served between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. And while even the extreme ends of that four-hour window seem less than ideal to me, some schools apparently find that the window isn't wide enough, and get waivers to serve kids lunches as early as 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.!


One high school's rationale? Because classes begin shortly after 7 a.m., some kids are on the bus at 5:30, and they are too hungry to wait to eat until a time the rest of us might consider normal for lunch.

I'm sorry, but it's ridiculous that kids are eating "lunch" at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., regardless of what time they get up and get to school. If they eat lunch that early, how could they not then be starving by the end of the school day? Do the schools at least let them snack between classes? And do they provide healthy snack options?

Also, here's an idea: If kids are hungry at breakfast time, how about giving those kids breakfast -- and then feeding them lunch at a normal hour? Or how about shifting the school day so it doesn't start at such an ungodly hour?

Waiting for the school bus at 5:30 a.m. does not sound like a fun way to spend your teen years. And spending your school day hungry and tired doesn't sound like the best way to learn.

No matter how you slice it, an 8:30 a.m. lunch time is a little hard to digest.

How would you feel if your kid's school served lunch before 10 a.m.?


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