GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) - For some schools, it’s been a decade-long policy. For others, a recent push.
But just almost every school district in Central Indiana is saying no to bringing food from restaurants into their cafeterias.
With recent federal school lunch regulations now firmly in place, student’s trays are filled with more greens than ever. That makes it even harder when another student brings in french fries and a burger from a local fast food restaurant.
Food service directors from school across Indiana are calling the problem a huge distraction, especially for elementary students.
All of a sudden, a calm lunch period is turned into a dissatisfying experience when less nutritious and good-smelling food enters the cafeteria, says Greenwood Food Service Director Cheryl Hargis.
“It makes them want that and lots of times a child will just won't eat themselves, so jealousy gets in the factor of it,” said Hargis.
Greenwood’s ban of outside food has been around for nearly a decade but school officials say parents regularly bring in restaurant food to eat with their children. Although the policy has been noted in the school’s handbook for years, parents haven’t been obeying so some schools are even going so far as to make the student eat their restaurant lunch in another room.
School officials say every school’s specific policies are different but the goal is the same; to encourage kids to eat the school-provided lunches and enjoy them.
Hargis says parents now need to get on board with the plan so the smells of McDonald’s don’t overpower kid’s lunchtime decision making.
School officials encourage all parents to ask their child’s school about their specific policies.
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