Comments for: Under scrutiny, Maine school kitchens get passing grades; problems in Portland

Posted Dec. 26, 2012, at 4:53 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 27, 2012, at 5:36 a.m.

PORTLAND | One in six Americans — about 48 million people — get sick from food-borne diseases every year. Worse, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. The most vulnerable population: children. Those statistics, the latest available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s 2011 report on food-borne illness, underscore …

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  • My daughter refuses to eat from her school cafeteria. She will go hungry if she forgets her lunch.

  • Anonymous

    Now if we could just force our schools to stop “cooking” trash for our kids. Enough with the starchy pasta, the canned crap vegetables, the pizza, the french fries (thanks Susan Collins) and the trash juice boxes. How about some competent ‘cooks’, some fresh fruit and vegetables and some whole grains?

    • Anonymous

      It’s about cost containment and the almighty dollar! There are a lot of chefs and damned good cooks that would love to feed our kids healthy handmade food, but the reality is the bottom line budget…when you have to feed people for $2 dollars a plate – it becomes challenging…

    • How much of fresh fruit and veggies are you feeding your kids at home? Maybe you can afford it but most families can’t just trying to feed their kids

      • Anonymous

        Which is why we need better from the school lunch program. The kids you are referring to are the one’s who eat school lunches.

    • Sally

      Apparently you don’t have children in school. The meal requirements have changed and schools are serving more fruits and vegetables and only whole grains can be served. Do some research next time before you comment!

  • alltimemom

    I would eat a school lunch everyday. Schools are much cleaner and better for you, than any restaurant around. Schools wear gloves,
    hair nets or hats, and beard nets. Schools keep food at the proper
    temperature. Schools don’t reheat food for the next day or have
    casseroles from a lot of left over foods. Schools have to pass inspections all the time. I have gotten sick from restaurants quite a few times. I don’t know how the all you can eat buffets can keep things hot enough to be safe. What do you eat at home? What do you want the school’s budget to feed your kids? ?

  • Most of the food I ever ate at school was unhealthy and wasn’t homemade

  • Anonymous

    Too sadly it is about money- fresh high-quality food costs more and most schools have been cutting budgets for five years now. I agree 100% that kids should eat fresh food and am sorry the schools keep using Sysco and purchasing highly processed foods

  • Anonymous

    clean but food sucks. not like when i was a kid and everything was from scratch

  • Maybe if we didnt have all of those democrat school administrators sucking up the tax dollars you could feed your kids food that wouldnt make them sick!

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