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Post# 775901   8/6/2014 at 20:18 (1,167 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

I really feel sorry for kids today, they never got to experience really good food at school, At Lower Creek Elementary School, I thought we had the very best..I was at LC from 1971-1977, and I dont remember a thing that wasnt great, the best rolls I have ever eaten in my life were served there,the cornbread was also as good as ive ever had, the macaroni stuff I posted a recipe for was a favorite, great spaghetti, meatloaf, country style steak....on and on, my Dads first cousin worked there and mad the rolls, I can remember seeing her working with a huge mound of dough,most of the ladies who were there went to Church across the street where we went, and most were older...probably all in their 50s and 60s then, which at 6 or 7 is ancient, my Grandmother worked in that lunchroom from 57-62, and learned many timesaving this day ive never known of anyone who cooked turkey like she did, and it came from the lunchroom...She said in the afternoon they would heat the ovens to 550, wrap the turkeys in foil, put them in a roasting pan, and bake for 2 hours, then they would turn off the ovens and go home, the next morning they would come in and take the perfectly cooked turkey out and cut it up, I am sure someone would say now days this isnt safe...but they fed thousands of kids down thru the years and if anyone ever got sick I never heard of it...

Post# 775905 , Reply# 1   8/6/2014 at 20:28 (1,167 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Ditto everything you said.

Fresh baked rolls, then in the early 70's caterers took over with premade food made in a town 70 miles away and shipped in hotboxes.

Quality went down, cost got cut, and ended up bringing what I call scraps ( leftovers } to school.

But My family made tuna, cut celery, chicken all on a wood cutting board without Clorox wipes and all that other sanitizing crap, and none of us ever got sick.

Feh !!!!!!!

Post# 775909 , Reply# 2   8/6/2014 at 20:41 (1,167 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
We Got....

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....The second-best vegetable-beef soup I've ever had in my life (the best was my grandmother's).

We got really delicious made-from-scratch mac 'n cheese, which I never, ever got at home, because Mom didn't care for it. Everyone in the family turned into a mac 'n cheese fiend when they left home.

There was peach cobbler that was so good you hated to take the last bite, because then it was gone.

There was very good cornbread - not as good as I've ever had, but certainly better than most. And it was always served on days we had the soup I've mentioned.

There were some things they were bad at. The turnip greens were always canned ones, and pretty ghastly. Chocolate pudding always sounded good on the menu, but always had bits of "skin" from where it had been refrigerated after cooking; the lunch ladies just broke up the skin and stirred it back into the pudding.

And that damned canned cream corn was served about sixteen times a month, it seemed like.

But when it was good, it was good.

Post# 775911 , Reply# 3   8/6/2014 at 20:45 (1,167 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Post# 775919 , Reply# 4   8/6/2014 at 21:32 (1,167 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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My High School had both a set hot lunch line and a "cold" lunch line. Back in the early 70's, I could get 3 huge rolls, 3 Italian Sandwiches on hamburger rolls, bowl of soup and orange juice for 95 cents in the cold line. Was 45 cents for hot which had milk that I cant drink. No way I could eat that much now.

Post# 775925 , Reply# 5   8/6/2014 at 22:09 (1,167 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
In High School....

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....We had the same thing - a hot lunch in the cafeteria, and cold sandwiches in the "snack bar," which also served to sell school supplies.

Hot lunch was 45 cents (up from a quarter in grade school), and you could upsize it by asking for a "jumbo" and paying an additional quarter, boosting your total to - gasp! - 70 cents.

Jumbos were a damn popular option on days when fried chicken was served, trust me. And spaghetti - they made excellent American-style spaghetti, as well. Other days, not so much.

Post# 775927 , Reply# 6   8/6/2014 at 22:39 (1,167 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        

Elementary, Junior & Senior High all had excellent lunches as those above have indicated.   After moving to KC, I took a position at a middle school and the ladies in that cafeteria could absolutely cook - breakfast and lunch!  Home made Cinnamon rolls, Yeast rolls, Fried Chicken, Meat loaf, Greens, Mac & Cheese, Turkey & Cornbread dressing, smothered pork chops and the best sheet cakes ever.  To this day when I make a butter cake with chocolate frosting we still call it "school cake".  Here's a salute to the many ladies who actually seemed to like their jobs and were the best at doing it!

Post# 775928 , Reply# 7   8/6/2014 at 22:45 (1,167 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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School lunches were gross here. I had it for a semester during first grade. Then switched to a lunchbox and never looked back. Still remember that awful stench of soured milk and vegetable soup. EWW!


During high school I went out for lunch. Pizza, burgers, the usual fast food junk.

Post# 775929 , Reply# 8   8/6/2014 at 22:53 (1,167 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
My Mother always said...

The food at her school, Oak Hill School" which was a county school that was 1st thru 12th grade.."She graduated in 1947"..was the WORST food ever!, She said the vegetable soup looked like dirty dishwater with a piece or 2 of okra in it!!LOL

Post# 775940 , Reply# 9   8/7/2014 at 00:45 (1,167 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

School food---YUUUUCCHH!!!!The best school food I ever had was at the old Central High School that was in downtown,Rapid City,S Dak.The food was like eating in a fine resturant!!!So delicious!!!THEN......The State and Gov food program kicked in and replaced the good food-HORRIBLE!!!!So remember the Jello that you could bounce like a ball-and eating it was impossible-you had to bounce your teeth off it many times before getting it down.and most of that food was so stale.Then started bringing my lunch.When the new Stevens High school was built in the section of town where we lived-brought food and ate at the neighboring Dairy Queen-I was not alone--others ate there,too to get away from the stale school cafeteria food.College was even WORSE!!!!Lots of HORRIBLE fried bologna!!!There the college was in a very small Eastern Sdak town.You had the choice of eating at the bowling alley or a tiny restuarant-either was better than that terrible fried bologna!!!And other things couldn't tell what it was.Sadly most of that state and gov't food ended up going down the schools HUGE Hobart disposer!!!Eat hardy, Hobart!!!He was the only one that liked that terrible food!

Post# 775953 , Reply# 10   8/7/2014 at 05:38 (1,167 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

You know that smell, when you walk into an apartment building and smell everybody's cooking and you say "what in the world are they cooking?" (I live in just such a building.) School cafeteria: That, plus crap. (Fat Bawstard, Austin Powers.)

When I didn't bring a PB sand or go out for a cheeseburger, that's my memory of school food. They did have good rolls if you caught them just right out of the oven and not burned. That and a small bowl of corn was pritmuch all I ate from the school cafeteria. Wait, tomato-burger-macaroni was edible.

The local AM rocker had a 'school menu' segment where they made fun of the published menu. One feature was "schoolburgers" which they described as made from chair stuffing. Might have been a pseudo sloppy joe, I dunno. The smell from that wing of the building pritmuch put me off eating altogether.

Post# 775954 , Reply# 11   8/7/2014 at 05:39 (1,167 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

The high school I went to had mostly terrible food. The worst was their Mac N Cheese. It had an odor about it that is just indescribable. It looked rather burnt and had kind of a waxy smell to it. I never tried it but the entire cafeteria reeked from it on days it was served (Tues-Fri).

Nothing in the line ever really looked good. But they did serve hamburgers 5 days a week as alternate choices and the french fries were baked rather than fried. So that's what I ate most of my years there. For drinks you had a choice of milk or chocolate milk or water. There wasn't a soft drink machine anywhere on the premises. Mow remember this was in 1966. Lunch at school was $1.25 per day.Times have changed ever since.

Most of the teachers thought they were prison guards, treated us as prisoners and I am sure they were the ones that came up with the cooking methods too! A LOT of kids just brought their own lunches from home.

Post# 775957 , Reply# 12   8/7/2014 at 06:04 (1,167 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Our school lunches were pretty horrible, too. In 6th grade we staged a strike and the upper classes did not buy lunch. The lunchroom manager was in tears; all of that cooked crap and no buyers meant a great loss of money. We might have been the youngest boomers to decide we were not buying establishment crap. On the rare occasions that we were served "hamburgers," it was maybe a half dollar sized piece of beef patty that was swimming in a ketchup sauce and served on a biscuit-sized yeast roll that had been split open. The fare was strictly gov't surplus prepared with little imagination. It was a joke that we had some sort of canned greens on days when they mowed the lawn. Twice a year, before Thanksgiving and Christmas, we were served a turkey dinner with dressing, smashed potatoes and gravy, probably with canned green beans or peas. The gravy was filled with hardboiled egg slices although only the whites were visible; the yolks dissolved. Those were the only times I have ever seen turkey gravy made that way. When I was in the 12th grade, the crapeteria finally put out a huge stainless steel bowl of salad. You could pay for a serving and then dish up and annoint it with some dressing, but no crackers or bread were provided. We were never allowed off campus at lunch. I usually just saved the lunch money and bought something on the way home.

Post# 775964 , Reply# 13   8/7/2014 at 07:10 (1,167 days old) by kenwashesmonday (Haledon, NJ)        

I remember the "pizza" we had in elementary school:


1 Slice of white bread

1 Spoon of tomato sauce

1 Slice of American cheese

A little oregano on top



Later, in middle school, we got "real" frozen pizza on pizza day.


Ken D.

Post# 775983 , Reply# 14   8/7/2014 at 09:13 (1,167 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I went to a Lutheran parochial school that had 3 of the best school cooks ever!  Yes they would make traditional Lutheran foods like casseroles and Jell-O, but they also made loaves and loaves of homemade french bread.  The smell of that bread baking in the morning would permeate the whole building, and everyone would be craving it by lunch time.  It was usually served with WI style chili-mac, homemade chicken dumpling soup, or spaghetti w/ made from scratch meat sauce.  I worked in the cafeteria in 8th grade to help defray some of the cost of hot lunch, and we got extra portions.  What a bonus!  Hats off to Valeria McDonald, Marianne Henkelman, and Doris Weinke.

Post# 775998 , Reply# 15   8/7/2014 at 10:44 (1,167 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
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Our school lunches were pretty damn good, as I recall. I still search for recipes to duplicate some of the things we enjoyed.

Our pizza was fresh made dough (deep dish style), meat sauce (made in house), and cheese. It was quite good for the .50 being charged.

And finally, the big cookies that came out of the cafeteria were some of the best. We used to get a single butter cookie that was about 7" in diameter. Sooo good!


Post# 776009 , Reply# 16   8/7/2014 at 11:27 (1,167 days old) by rockland1 (Wisconsin)        
Hot Lunch

I only had hot lunch in 8th grade. My school didn't offer it until then. When they did it was the best! Baked fresh rolls every day and the food was varied and very good. This is the time the government hot lunch program was in effect. I can remember seeing#10 cans of peanut butter. Needless to say, we had peanut butter cookies a lot.

Post# 776012 , Reply# 17   8/7/2014 at 11:53 (1,167 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

I always went to schools where you brought lunch. High School was open campus and very few people ate the school food it was so bad, even if you ate in the lunch room.

When I lived abroad (in Sweden) the school food was good - meat and potatoes every day. However, in Norway, no food was provided and you brought your own lunch.

Post# 776017 , Reply# 18   8/7/2014 at 12:11 (1,166 days old) by xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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There were very few things that were good from the school cafeteria, and they were from elementary school.

The first one being pizza burgers, which was fried ground meat mixed with pizza sauce, cheese, and herbs to make a spread, put on hamburger bun halves and broiled with mozzarella cheese on top. The only better pizza burgers are the ones my aunt makes.

The other thing I loved was the Jell-O poke cake with cool whip as frosting

Post# 776049 , Reply# 19   8/7/2014 at 14:31 (1,166 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

The only things I remember liking in the school cafeterias was the apple crisp, chocolate cake with caramel icing, and tomato soup (Campbell's).

The nastiest thing they made was meatloaf - it looked and smelled just like dog food, and if I'd ever eaten dog food (didn't), problably tasted the same. Mashed potatoes looked like they were made out of toilet paper that had been stirred into water, and tasted like salty paper. Most of the food was gov. surplus, or a budget food service brand.

Post# 776061 , Reply# 20   8/7/2014 at 15:29 (1,166 days old) by xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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I had completely forgot about the apple crisp and cherry crisp, they were the best.

Post# 776086 , Reply# 21   8/7/2014 at 17:49 (1,166 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I Think

It varied from region to region...when I left Lower Creek for middle school in the 7th grade, the food was badddd..everything was floating in grease!!certainly not up to Lower Creek Standards!!

Post# 776120 , Reply# 22   8/7/2014 at 19:59 (1,166 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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The lunch program at the school I attended (grades K-12 in one huge complex) was excellent. Nearly every lunch was like a home-cooked meal. I graduated in 1977. Today, many school lunch programs consist of fast food: Chicken nuggets, pizza, burgers, hot dogs, commodity items. It's sad, but schools just don't have the money to fund lunch programs with a full staff of cooks.

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Post# 776132 , Reply# 23   8/7/2014 at 21:18 (1,166 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Cafeteria Strike:

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We pulled one of those in my high school in, I think it was, my junior year. My school had been drastically expanded and remodeled, and we'd been given a new cafeteria. The only problem was, the quality of the food went wayyyyyy downhill; portions became tiny and a misguided effort to be "trendy" resulted in alleged pizza with a crust made of bread-roll dough, a ketchup-y sauce entirely innocent of herbs or - God forbid - garlic, and rat-trap gummint surplus cheese. There was also a so-called "hamburger" that had so much textured vegetable protein in it that no food manufacturer would have been permitted to call it meat. What meat there was in it inspired jokes: "Somebody musta gotten a bargain on gristle."

Back in 2012, I wrote about the strike in the thread linked below:

"I also participated in a lunchroom strike in high school. Every morning in homeroom, they read the day's menu to us, and took a count of those who intended to buy the school lunch.

Well, lunches had been so bad for so long that we struck. We ran the lunch count up during the homeroom check, and then No. Damn. Body. bought lunch.

Before it was over, the dietician was on the intercom blubbering about how "this is no way to behave," and the air was thick with threatened investigations of who was behind it all. Nothing came of those.

Lunches improved, dramatically and immediately. That waste charge had to be answered for up and down the line."

CLICK HERE TO GO TO danemodsandy's LINK

Post# 912127 , Reply# 24   12/22/2016 at 09:13 (299 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
"Only The BEST is branded Bar-S!!!!"

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For a while my daughter got her lunches in school provided by her school cafeteria, just for the stuff to be found to be very turn off:

The milk was ONE-PERCENT, as opposed to the TWO-PERCENT she prefers... (And back in my day we drank Whole, Vitamin D) the pita is hell-fire spicy, and the hot dogs aren't even all-beef--pork inside (but Laura just doesn't like 'em & won't eat 'em, regardless, nor even no longer the pizza...)


So it's the same Nutella (or another brand of Chocolate/Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread) and either Apple Jelly (which the over-use forced us to run out of & am reluctant to replace--we've got tons of jams, jellies & preserves in EVERY FLAVOR!) or Strawberry (that I was willing to buy another jar of & it goes better with) but still can't understand why Peanut Butter still has to be out-lawed... (Yeh, I know--Allergies!--but why STILL?! Can there still be no better effort to make it better for you?)


And she won't even eat my favorite--that's every morning, before school, easier to make: Bologna and/or Cheese...!



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Post# 912160 , Reply# 25   12/22/2016 at 13:08 (298 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Bar S

is the cheapest ion the shelf, and for a buck not bad, except the all chicken hot dogs.
When I crave bologna, I wait for Kowalski to go on sale. I only get a half pound. I also dry it with ketchup or bbq sauce.
My weakness is Dietz and Watson London Broil. It's the best, but a $12 a pound, well, I don't drink or smoke.

Post# 912230 , Reply# 26   12/23/2016 at 00:18 (298 days old) by luxflairguy (Sumas, WA)        

Mike!  There is no need to criticize Dan's choice of lunch meat and then brag about what you like.  It shows a lack of respect for the poster and their choices.  That is not what we do here on AW.  If Dan likes and uses a product you don't like or look down on, keep your opinion to yourself.  Are you able to do this?  

Post# 912262 , Reply# 27   12/23/2016 at 06:16 (298 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

Chanukah Dave!, and happy holidays if you celebrate both. I bet you're very busy this week. Enjoy your time off with your families once the store closes Christmas eve. I know it is short. I used to usually have to be back to work early the day after.

Post# 912345 , Reply# 28   12/23/2016 at 17:59 (297 days old) by Brib68 (Central Connecticut)        
I'm amazed

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At the number of people on this thread with positive memories of school lunches! Our program in the small Ohio town where I grew up (70s grade school, 80s jr high/high school) was pretty awful for the most part. Starting with, elementary schools got left overs from the previous day's menu at the Jr High and High School. There was a Hot Pack and a Cold Pack to the meal (a foil pan covered with foil and a crystal-polystyrene tray covers with plastic wrap. The cold pack held the spork and near-useless napkin and featured a dessert or jello salad. Very often the dessert was a square slab of red gelatin with a thin layer of white foam. The apple Brown Betty was very good. "School pizza" was the most revolting slab of I don't know what that anyone ever set eyes or taste buds on. Late in my grade school years they introduced Tony's pizza (the cheap supermarket frozen stuff) and we were out of our minds with how "good" it was! (Come to think of it, I guess Tony's and Totino's were probably the best around back then I don't remember even seeing Tombstone or Red Baron until the 80s)

Most days I carried my lunch from home in my Charlie Brown (later Six Million Dollar Man) lunch box. Hm, wait...I think at some point I had a Wee Pals lunch box. I think that was the name...uber-diverse group of little kids teaching valuable lessons.

Post# 912397 , Reply# 29   12/24/2016 at 08:48 (297 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

My favorites were
1) Chicken noodle soup with vegetables and a grilled cheese
2) Chicken pot pie with two biscuits on top for the crust
3) Chicken nuggets with mashed potatoes and roll
4) Corn dogs with french fries and baked beans

The french fries were crinkle cut and always perfect. The chicken sandwiches were pretty good also. Sometimes (very rare) there were tater tots (they called them potato puffs).

The worst were the peaches that were prepackaged-always tasted funny and still had ice crystals in them. The fresh peaches were much better.

Post# 912547 , Reply# 30   12/25/2016 at 11:12 (295 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Well, knock Bar S if you must, but it doesn't say Pork HEARTS like Oscar Mayer does--and I always feel guilty having anything that brand in our house (my sister will go as far as to buy only Kosher Bologna and Kosher Hot Dogs that are NOT Hebrew National, while as for the latter I do, too...) --And too much, really, to elaborate on now... 'Cept Bar S has those annoying BANDS around each piece, and an ODD NUMBER of meat in each pkg. but I buy two or more anyway--just to have regular, regular-thick, beef, each in the 1 LB and the 1/2 pound of regular, just to make a good variety & I feel sorry for stuff that doesn't sell...


(My sister's old school-crush that I worked with at Arbor Drugs gave slow selling stuff the "Nobody ever buys this stuff" comment & you saw where some of his pay from working there went...)


So happy holidays to you all--and now my wife & I are the Mom & Dad who can hardly wait for school to start again!!!! (LOL!)



-- Dave

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Post# 912603 , Reply# 31   12/25/2016 at 22:47 (295 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Why won't she buy the Hebrew National hot dogs ?  

Post# 912612 , Reply# 32   12/26/2016 at 00:21 (295 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I don't know--might be because that there are only seven, as opposed to the proper eight--that is why I don't often buy them unless I put 'em in crescent rolls...


Really, the reason is she will go to the kosher store for the bologna, so it's a matter of convenience to buy the Aaron's brand of both the hot dogs and bologna, that store carries; that's what I once did for the former...


Though my brother-in-law drank up my Pimm's drink I made to go with the special dinner I made that one day....




-- Dave

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Post# 913072 , Reply# 33   12/29/2016 at 22:45 (291 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Well,while we're on the subject of bologna (or baloney) and bologna sandwiches, what about another brand I've rediscovered, that I didn't know or just plain forgot even still existed & that's Eckrich! My latest (though hard to get the open packages, as opposed to the other products, to pose!) sandwich creation:


(And let's not forget those neat commercials w/ those Keebler-like characters, Georghe & Ralph w/ their mother ending w/ the line: "Behave, Ralph!" or "Ralph, Behave!"...  The jingle was "Eckrich brings good meats from the heartland, and the secret ingredient is Mom...", as well as 'When you want to eat good, Come to Our House..."...



-- Dave

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Post# 913112 , Reply# 34   12/30/2016 at 08:22 (291 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
I bought

some Ekrich hot dogs last week. It was on sale. Bar S the week before.
Son eats them, so good enough.
Where I was born, they call balogna Jumbo. They had chipped ham too. I think Lawson's stores used to call it that up here. They were like a 7-11 but with a deli.

Post# 913147 , Reply# 35   12/30/2016 at 12:04 (290 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I didn't eat much in our h.s. cafeteria as we lived close enough to walk home for lunch if not that then there was always McDonalds close by or more often the White Knight restaurant in a nearby plaza we'd go and order some fries, coffee and sit around and smoke.  What I do remember about the cafeteria was that the vast majority of kids would dump their bagged lunches into the garbage and order fries and gravy and corn or something like that.  The food waste was enormous.  Only a couple or three years back my old highschool held its 50th anniversary so I had to go and see what had changed.. It looked much the same but now only has about 500 students compared to around 1600 when I attended in 69 - 73. The shops are mostly gone and empty as is the library having few books, more puters, the rifle range gone, and all the vending machines only dispense "healthy" choices,  no chips, candy etc.. bummer. 


Post# 913151 , Reply# 36   12/30/2016 at 12:36 (290 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
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I can honestly say that most of the food was pretty good. 


In my day, the food was actually prepared in the school kitchen by the lunch ladies.  It was served hot in the divided trays and was of good quality most of the time.  Of course, there was the occasional meal that you didn't like, I never did take a liking to their Chli-Mac.  The mashed potatoes were made from real potatoes not instant, and almost always had a fresh hot roll, biscuit, or cookie every day.


Now, the lunches my daughter receives in middle school are prepared in a central kitchen, served either cold, or having been kept at temp or rewarmed are soggy, mushy, or dried out.  Her favorite lunch day is Thursday, that's when they can order a slice of Pizza Hut pizza that is delivered hot. 



Post# 913159 , Reply# 37   12/30/2016 at 14:02 (290 days old) by kenwashesmonday (Haledon, NJ)        

In high school, we had a hot lunch line and a cold lunch line.

I liked it when they had Chicken Chow Mein. Because it wasn't popular, the hot lunch line was short, and the lunch ladies really piled it on!

Post# 913169 , Reply# 38   12/30/2016 at 15:22 (290 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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When I was in grade school, cafeteria lunches cost 35 cents. The most hated thing they served was canned spinach. You could smell it cooking early in the morning. The kids organized a sort of "spinach boycott" paying for their lunches in pennies. This really slowed things down and caused some definite problems, but we inmates had little power and the guards remained in control of the prison. The spinach continued.

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Post# 913259 , Reply# 39   12/31/2016 at 03:58 (290 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

In our old High School-Central High in downtown Rapid City,SD-their lunches were catored.DELICIOUS food-better than most restuarants.Then the school had to go on the dreaded school lunch program.By them the new Stevens High open and I went to that school.Lucky there was a Dairy Queen restaurant with a short walk.The lunch periods were "open"You could go off campus to eat as long as you got back in time for class.

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