Our topic tonight is about school lunches. Did you bring one? Get one there? Do you recall liking it?
My catholic gradeschool had parents and priests volunteer to do most of the food prep, which kept it cheap for us. I remember it was $1.25 for the meal, but the meals were actually food like baked pasta with meat sauce and then a cooked veggies and a canned or frozen fruit side. I recall pretty often hitting up the loose change jar in the kitchen to grab quarters for lunch. Until 8th grade, when the kitchen manager left to work at a golf club and they brought in some service where it was premade frozen burritos and cheeseburgers. It was both expensive and untasteful, so I brought my lunch that year.
High school lunch was simply too expensive for me, since it was between $4 and $6 a day for lunch depending on what you picked out. So I brought lunch pretty much all 4 years.
Today I read that Lunchables now are marketing 2 tray options to schools, saying they contain the 2 ounce meat/meat alternative requirement and the 1 ounce equivalent for grains (the turkey and cheddar crackers one). Mixed thoughts on that one. Immediate response is that’s horrible and not anywhere close to good nutrition, where are the veggies etc. Later thoughts were along the lines of well kids like lunchables and there’s probably less food waste compared to other options.