Most of the elementary schools in my district are on the "free breakfast" program now. THe kids are served breakfast in their classrooms at no cost for them. Sounds awesome right? I don't think so. 1. They tried to pitch it to us as "It's for the kids" when they came to explain how it works. Give me a break. The food service company get's re-imbursed by the government for every breakfast they serve so of course they are going to say it's for the kids. THey failed to mention the getting money part. 2. They say it has to meet certain nutritional guidelines. Sounds healthy right? One day last week they served "Mini Pancakes" that had a total of 14 grams of sugar, the fat free chocolate milk has 18 grams of sugar, and the 4 oz of orange juice had 13 grams of sugar. That is 45 grams of sugar. Please explain to me how that is healthy. 3. Since the breakfast meets supposed nutritional guidelines and the funding is all through the government, the kids have to take everything offered, or they take none of it. So let's say a child ate breakfast at home and comes to school and thinks, "Hey, I might like that banana." They can't take just the banana. They have to take EVERYTHING. The portion size is the same for PreK all the way up to 5th grade. Four year olds don't eat near the amount of food that 10 year olds. Nor should they. But if you offer a kid pancakes or a cinnamon roll, do you think they are gonna turn it down? 4. Here is what I beleive is the worst part of the whole thing. We have been told that we are not supposed to save food that the kids don't eat. Fresh and un-touched bananas, apples, milk, cereals are to be thrown in the trash. It kills me to see this food going to waste. I think we should be able to save the food and send it home with children who may not have much. Or send the food to poorer schools. Or send it to the food bank. I work with 3rd graders in the morning for intervention and there is food being thrown away that could be saved. I would be interested to know how much is being thrown away by PreK, Kinder, and 1st Grade. My school is middle class/upper middle class. I can't tell you what percentage of our children eat breakfast at home, but I would say most of them do. We are not really a school where kids are struggling to have their needs met. So what concerns me as a PE teacher is that kids are being over-fed. They already ate at home, and now they are eating again an hour later? With all this sugar and calories they are consuming from this breakfast plus any food they are eating at home, it is way more than they need. I don't want to cause a huge problem or uproar, but the food being wasted is just so much. Multiply that by 40+ schools. I would be curious if parents even know this is happening. I don't even know if I shoudl do something or just keep my mouth shut. But at least I got to blow off some steam.