Uis program shows challenge of providing nutritious, affordable school lunch – news – the state journal-register – springfield, il

15249-calendar_bigger_au

LLCC volleyball team advances to semifinals of national tournament …

State police confirm chest trauma as cause of Petersburg man’s death; investigation continues …

3 charged with first-degree murder in shooting death during break-in …

LLCC volleyball team advances to semifinals of national tournament …

State police confirm chest trauma as cause of Petersburg man’s death; investigation continues …

3 charged with first-degree murder in shooting


death during break-in …

University of Illinois Springfield junior Jessica Fager of Sherman had $2 in simulated money Wednesday to buy five items that someone might find in a public school cafeteria. She skipped the meat items altogether but still found that her $2 didn’t go very far. “I only have 30 cents left,” Fager said. “There wasn’t much left even if I did eat meat.” Fager was one of about 150 students who attended a special program called Lunch Hour. The evening event was designed to highlight the difficulties school districts have when trying to buy food that is both affordable and nutritious. Mark Dochterman, director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at UIS, said school districts across the country spend between $2 and $2.15 on one lunch for one child. “Think about that. Even buying in mass, it’s difficult to make a lunch for $2,” Dochterman said. “It’s even more difficult to make it a healthy lunch. A lot of schools are stuck making decisions between an inexpensive protein or something like a nice slice of turkey that would be nice and healthy.” At the start of the event, the students had to put together $2 meals. The protein table had hot dogs for 30 cents and veggie burgers for 60 cents. Students were asked to go to all five stations, which meant that if they splurged on veggie burgers, they had less money for the fruit, vegetable, grain and drink portions of their meals. Students also viewed the 2011 documentary “Lunch Hour,” which looked at public school lunch programs. The event was sponsored by the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center and the Student Government Association. UIS sophomore Rebecca Stein of Lincoln came up with the idea for the event. “I hope people will understand how hard it is for schools to provide healthy lunches and lunches they can afford,” Stein said. “With the budget being as unclear as it is right now, schools don’t have a lot of leeway when it comes to what they can provide for students in terms of lunches.” Dochterman said he hoped the event would inspire the students to help out in their communities and become engaged. Also, the experience could help give them a better understanding of some of the issues school districts are facing and make them more informed voters. Fager said that when she was in school, she ate a lot of pizza, which probably wasn’t very good for her. She said she at the pizza because the other items didn’t look very good. “I don’t think they put enough effort in the school lunches or concentrate enough on it,” Fager said. — Contact John Reynolds: john. reynolds@sj-r. com, 788-1524, twitter. com/JohnReynoldsSJR.

© Copyright 2006-2015 Gatehouse Media, Inc. Some rights reserved Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Gatehouse Media Publications

Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license, except where noted.

The State Journal-Register | Springfield, IL 62701