Wake schools meals go online, get healthier

Posted August 18, 2010

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— While the price of meals at Wake County schools will go up by a quarter this year, students will bid good-bye to Moon Pies, and parents will be able to go online to pay – and see what their children have been eating.

Breakfast will cost $1.25 in middle and high schools and $1 in elementary schools, according to a news release. Lunches will cost $2.25 in middle and high schools and $2 in elementary schools. The cost for reduced-price lunches will stay the same, at 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

This year, parents will be able to pre-pay for meals and manage their children's lunch money by creating an account at

Parents will be able to see what their child has bought in the past week. They can also place restrictions on what their child can buy, such as "Lunch Only" or "Snacks only on Fridays."

The software system should be in place by Sept. 30.

Wake County schools are also continuing efforts to offer more healthy food.

Moon Pies and other less popular snack items will no longer be served in elementary schools. Whole-wheat hamburger buns and hoagie rolls will replace white-bread versions.

The menu will feature more locally grown fresh produce, such as cantaloupe, romaine lettuce and varieties of North Carolina apples.

Vending machines in middle and high schools will no longer have snacks with more than 200 calories or packages with more than one serving. Higher-calorie snacks will be replaced with healthier, low-fat versions.

Parents can check the Wake County Public School System's website to see the monthly menu at their children's school.


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  • strawberrysw4 Aug 19, 2010

    Not all private schools get government assistance, and the few that do get very little. I know when I was in school, not only did my parents have to pay tuition, but we had a lot of fundraisers too - we had bake sales, a Christmas bazaar, raffles for quilts each class made every year, all sorts of things to help raise money for the school. There were people from the community that would give large donations to the school, but we received no money from the government. People who send their kids to private school get no break from the government when it comes to paying their taxes.

  • mpheels Aug 19, 2010

    For those who are curious, a family of four qualifies for reduced lunch if their gross household income is less than $40,793/year. Gross household income has to be less than $28,665/year to qualify for free lunch (also family of four).

  • tonyy Aug 19, 2010

    Private schools get grants and gov assistance too.
    But its terrible some kids eat at a discount and others pay full price. Is that fair? Sounds like some kids are treated differently than others. You see the kids with the discounted lunches often double up and have enough money to buy an extra pizza slice, after all they pay less than half of what the others pay. With the money their parents save in food cost, they have more money to spend on ciggerettes,nice cars,cell phones etc

  • strawberrysw4 Aug 19, 2010

    tonyy - No, society didn't pay for my education. I went to a private school. And no, I did not come from a wealthy family. I came from a middle class family - my dad worked in a mill his entire life and my mom was a nurse. They made a lot of sacrifices to give me the best life they could.

  • teacher95 Aug 18, 2010

    First of all, the food is just plain GROSS! I teach and my son packs his lunch everyday. Hotdogs are served every Friday along with reheated veggies or leftovers.....not to mention the kids serve themselves after wiping their noses and scratching all over themselves. The school district needs to fix the way it serves students to keep them "healthy" first. Also, pizza is served twice a week and we had "nachos and cheese" as a main dish this about healthy! It's a JOKE! Ask the district what they do when students don't have money....they throw away the student's tray and make them eat only fruits and veggies, with water.

  • urbearncountry Aug 18, 2010

    teacher56 - You say you have been "teaching schools for years" and you use the phrase "way to many " in lieu of "way too many" ... hmmm?

  • question_why Aug 18, 2010

    Yes, plenty of times they have taken money out of the wrong account. The child only has to give them their "number". Most of the younger kids can't accurately remember it so the money comes out of whoevers account the number is they happen to rattle off when the cashier asks for their number.
    When my child was younger, he was very responsible with money I would send in $3/day. Worked great, never a problem EXCEPT when the cashier would refuse to give him back his change because they insisted on depositing the change into their "account". I had to straighten them out on that. If they come with daily cash, they should get their change. My kid knew this at age 5 but the cashier took several times to get it.

  • ben pergerson Aug 18, 2010

    I think that it is a good thing and very convenient but what was not added is that there is a service fee for using the online application. So you will end up paying more each day for the childs lunch. It is just another way to make someone spend more money. The problem is everyone is probing on how healthy the kids eat but they are not stepping back and taking a look at that they are eating,and drinking. Just a little fact for you that the alkaline level of city water is about 6 which isnt bad but well water is more like a 4 which basically makes it where acid just sticks to the wall of the stomach. because people dont want to put the money in for them or there childrens health.. me at my house i have water that is a 9.5 acidity level called kangen water. only 4 other people in wake county have this water. so what is serving healthy foods at school gonna do for the children when they are gonna go home and eat unhealthy and drink soft drinks which are doing nothing but slowly killing t

  • Bree Aug 18, 2010

    Mako-What a good parent. Do what your kid feels like. I wonder how accommodating you'll be when he doesn't want to study because he doesn't feel like it. Or has unprotected sex because he feels like it.

    Again, don't judge me, you don't even know me. So a better option would be to shove food down my kid's throat when he isn't hungry...that sounds like a fabulous idea. I think deciding when he is hungry is a great decision for him to make instead of eating when it's time. My kid is well rounded, intelligent, and well adjusted so thanks for your advice but I think if you met my kid you would realize just how wrong you are.

  • teacher56 Aug 18, 2010

    I have been teaching schools for years...and I can honestly say that in all that time only one parent sent in what I would call a healthy lunch for her child. Most home lunches contain way to many snacks, sugary drinks, and not enough nutrition. A typical lunchbox would contain a sandwich with the ends cut off, with one slice of deli meat and either mayo or mustard, 2 sugary drinks, cookies, chips, fruit rollups plus the kid would have money from home and ask to buy a snack at the lunch counter. Most of the sandwich would be thrown away and all the snacks would be eaten. Rarely is a piece of fruit in a lunchbox. Once in a while a child would have their home lunch and purchase milk. I can't tell you how many milk cartons get thrown out.