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Southeast students served raw onions as snack
The Examiner DC ^ | May 27, 2011 | Lisa Gartner

Posted on 05/27/2011 8:55:13 AM PDT by La Lydia

No matter how you slice it, the days of milk and cookies are long gone as schools aim to provide students with healthy fruits and vegetables as snacks. But raw onions? That's what several classes of students at Southeast DC's Turner Elementary were fed Tuesday, instead of the zucchini slices the school's food provider, Chartwells, said it would serve as part of a federal initiative to provide healthy food to young learners. When Trevor Rill picked up the snack bags from the cafeteria for his third-grade class, he found bundles of raw scallions... "I asked the cafeteria workers, 'Are you serious?' and they said, 'This is what they sent us,'" said Rill, one of nine City Year corps members assigned to Turner....

Turner Elementary is one of the District's 53 public elementary schools participating in the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Under the 2008 farm bill, the District received $1.2 million this school year to serve students a vegetable or piece of fruit outside of breakfast and lunch hours. The program is likely to expand to more schools next year as funding increases to $1.7 million.

...Chartwells' executive director and dietician did not return calls from seeking comment.

... Chartwells officials confirmed that the scallions were intended as a lunch ingredient, but because of a mix-up, were packaged as the day's snack....

D.C. Public Schools also acknowledged the incident, saying "school administration took quick action" and that "ultimately students were served apples." As for Chartwells, DCPS "is confident that this was an isolated event," spokeswoman Safiya Simmons said.,,,

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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: bureaucracy; education; foodpolice; michelle
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1 posted on 05/27/2011 8:55:20 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

With a good onion dip or gobs ranch dressing not a bad little snack


2 posted on 05/27/2011 8:59:00 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: La Lydia

With a good onion dip or gobs of ranch dressing, not a bad little snack


3 posted on 05/27/2011 8:59:16 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: La Lydia
"Chartwells officials confirmed that the scallions were intended as a lunch ingredient, but because of a mix-up, were packaged as the day's snack...."

These are the people edumacating your children!

4 posted on 05/27/2011 8:59:44 AM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: al baby

I love eating raw onion as a snack, but you have to have salt (hooked on it by my Mom)...I doubt the health police would find that acceptable.


5 posted on 05/27/2011 9:01:34 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: La Lydia

Next week, raw potato.


6 posted on 05/27/2011 9:02:21 AM PDT by Pelham (Islam, mortal enemy of the free world)
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To: La Lydia

I would have eaten them just so I could have an excellent case of onion breath. And to let the school admin know how much I appreciate them caring about the food I eat I would tell it to them up close and personal.


7 posted on 05/27/2011 9:02:25 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: La Lydia
I eat Vidalia onions raw. Even make onion sandwiches out of them...but would try it with regular onions.

But the best way of serving them is the way they do them at Outback:


8 posted on 05/27/2011 9:02:56 AM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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To: MNlurker

I’m with you on that, the salt is the ticket, lots and lots of salt, my mom was the same way........


9 posted on 05/27/2011 9:04:14 AM PDT by sniper63 (Endeavor to persevere, then go to war with 'em.....)
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To: La Lydia

Raw veggies with a good blue cheese dip? I’M THERE!

I’ll bring the dip.
(will they be serving cheese&crackers and wine too)


10 posted on 05/27/2011 9:04:19 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: La Lydia

I’d like to see them put the same thing in Michelle’s feed bag.


11 posted on 05/27/2011 9:04:35 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: capt. norm

What do you put on the onion sandwiches?


12 posted on 05/27/2011 9:06:06 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: La Lydia

Fresh scallions dipped in a wee bit of salt are an outstanding snack.

So is a good hotdog smothered in fresh chopped raw onion, a bit of Cleveland Stadium Mustard, and drowned in chili...

...and a beer...


13 posted on 05/27/2011 9:06:42 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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To: La Lydia

Might cut down on teen pregnancies. Or not.


14 posted on 05/27/2011 9:07:20 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Pelham

potatoe


15 posted on 05/27/2011 9:08:09 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: al baby

I didn’t see anything in the story about dressing or dip.


16 posted on 05/27/2011 9:08:32 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Pelham
Next week, raw potato.

And for the rest of their democrat/sharia ruled lives, a raw deal.

17 posted on 05/27/2011 9:10:06 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 855 of our national holiday from reality. - Obama really isn't one of us)
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To: Silentgypsy
What do you put on the onion sandwiches?

Myself, I prefer just plain old Frenchs mustard on me onion sammiches.

18 posted on 05/27/2011 9:10:35 AM PDT by digger48
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To: La Lydia

Raw onions and stale acorn bread...just great after walking home 5 miles up hill in the snow....


19 posted on 05/27/2011 9:10:44 AM PDT by spokeshave (Obamas approval ratings are so low, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the USA.)
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To: Silentgypsy
What do you put on the onion sandwiches?

I buy that sauce they sell at the grocery store as Vidalia Onion Blossom Sauce.

It's actually sold to use on "Bloomin" onions (deep fried).

Works just fine with the raw onions (sweet Vidalias).

20 posted on 05/27/2011 9:13:26 AM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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To: La Lydia

Wonder if they let the kids bring in a snack from home??


21 posted on 05/27/2011 9:14:12 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: al baby

“potatoe”

LOL! Good post.


22 posted on 05/27/2011 9:14:39 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: La Lydia

Didn’t a restaurant chain go out of business because of contaminated raw scallions from Mexico?


23 posted on 05/27/2011 9:15:23 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Silentgypsy

What do you put on the onion sandwiches?


Bread.

;)


24 posted on 05/27/2011 9:15:29 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: La Lydia

May seem strange these days but scallions or green onions was a frequent snack for me as child.

But maybe I was an odd child. I liked dark chocolate, black licorice, spicy food and coffee as kid as well.


25 posted on 05/27/2011 9:16:03 AM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: spokeshave
Raw onions and stale acorn bread?

You were lucky ! . . .


26 posted on 05/27/2011 9:19:14 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Silentgypsy

mayo and salt and pepper...It was a great snack...


27 posted on 05/27/2011 9:19:51 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: freedomlover

Cardboard box? LUXURY!


28 posted on 05/27/2011 9:20:52 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: sjmjax

“I liked dark chocolate, black licorice,”

That makes you an odd person not just an odd child. Dark chocolate is not of God!!! ;)


29 posted on 05/27/2011 9:28:50 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: La Lydia

Take a look at the garbage cans, you will see what kids refuse to eat. Some schools have made it illegal to bring sack lunches, trying to force kids to eat the stuff, which may be the only way they will eat it, guess if you get hungry enough you will eat anything.


30 posted on 05/27/2011 9:43:28 AM PDT by itsahoot (We make jokes, they make progress. Dimmitude, get used to it.)
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To: sniper63

Try a quarter inch slice of a fresh Texas Sweet Onion, on good wheat bread and slathered with Miracle Whip, then add a generous amount of black pepper.

Better than a burger.


31 posted on 05/27/2011 9:47:13 AM PDT by itsahoot (We make jokes, they make progress. Dimmitude, get used to it.)
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To: La Lydia

I prefer raw garlic. If my wife gets to be President someday, I will force it on the populis.


32 posted on 05/27/2011 9:48:26 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: sjmjax

Then I was an odd child, too, excepting the onions, which I am sure I would have munched had they been offered.


33 posted on 05/27/2011 9:49:58 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: capt. norm

That looks like a gut bomb of the first order.


34 posted on 05/27/2011 9:50:44 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
We have a saying in our house: a onion a day keeps the doctor away...and everyone else.

Love onions, cut off a good slice and little salt and I am all set.

35 posted on 05/27/2011 9:50:50 AM PDT by engrpat (A village in Kenya is missing their idiot...lets send him back)
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To: itsahoot

The Texas 1015 Sweet Onions are OK, but not nearly as ood as Walla Wala Sweets.


36 posted on 05/27/2011 9:53:55 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: engrpat

I don’t have anything against onions. But if I were providing a snack to elementary school students, it would be the favorite snack that I was offered when I arrived home from school, which was apple slices frosted with peanut butter. Love them to this day.


37 posted on 05/27/2011 9:54:21 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: al baby
As kids we always ate raw scallions as soon as they were ready, fresh from the garden. A great tasty snack. Just dip them in salt and munch away. Good in salads too.
38 posted on 05/27/2011 9:59:44 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: freedomlover; digger48; capt. norm; Sacajaweau

You have all opened new horizons for me! (Except maybe freedomlover heh heh heh.) Thanks!


39 posted on 05/27/2011 10:02:34 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: La Lydia

In my lifetime, I have seen schools go from providing a cheap lunch for students to buy, with a relatively small percentage of students (even in a fairly poor town) receiving “free or reduced” lunches... to today where the schools are feeding a large percentage of students a free lunch, free breakfast, a snack or two each day in-between, and even seeing food sent home with students (though I realize this latter is often supplied by a 3rd party or non-profit - for now, until someone decides that too is a “right”).

I have a question - what happened to parents being responsible for feeding their children? Before I exited my former position as a teacher in a public school, I knew of many families who had reasonable jobs, but their kids still qualified for the free/reduced lunch and breakfast program. Strangely enough, I also knew quite a few who “qualified”, but chose to not participate because they had no problem providing meals for their kids - and often those who made such a decision had less income than those who USED the system.

So what gives? Parents who are not parents - but only biological donors, who don’t really care about anything but themselves. Blew my mind to see kids show up to school with $100 shoes, a cell phone (often a “smartphone), parent driving a new vehicle... and lining up for the free meals in the cafeteria... Obviously, the parental mentality is - why should I pay for food if the government is gonna give it for free? Why spend money on necessities, when I can spend it on stuff I want?

But even more heart wrenching- those kids who barely had shoes or clothes, and pretty much never had materials for class - yet their parents were capable of providing...Far too often the “parents” were more concerned with getting liquored-up/stoned/etc. instead of providing for their family.

And I don’t believe anyone here on this board has an objection to helping those who really need help (not the deadbeats). But when did it become the taxpayer’s responsibility to “help” folks along - including those who make more than you do?


40 posted on 05/27/2011 10:05:01 AM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: SeaHawkFan
The Texas 1015 Sweet Onions are OK, but not nearly as ood as Walla Wala Sweets.

There is a magnificent onion that is locally available in Texas, during a one-month window (which just started).

Noonday onions -- grown in the vicinity of the Noonday community (near Tyler).

Sweet, full of flavor, just enough heat to highlight the flavor. Fabulous when broiled on the grill (in foil, with butter and worcestershire).

41 posted on 05/27/2011 10:10:09 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: TheBattman

What gives is that the agriculture sector and the welfare pimps have been very effective at lobbying Congress. It goes on because parents take the path of least resistance.


42 posted on 05/27/2011 10:10:18 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

I remember raw onion slices served in the cafeteria in elementary school in Huntsville. I always thought it was a regional thing. (loved them BTW)


43 posted on 05/27/2011 10:27:55 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: itsahoot

“Try a quarter inch slice of a fresh Texas Sweet Onion, on good wheat bread and slathered with Miracle Whip, then add a generous amount of black pepper.

Better than a burger.”


I will completely agree with you (although I prefer my more local Vidalias ;) ).

Then if you add a slice of fat garden tomato, and a big glass of milk, yum-O!!

Give me a nap after that, and life is grand.


44 posted on 05/27/2011 10:48:16 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: MNlurker

When I was pregnant with my second child and before I KNEW I was pregnant, I had serious cravings for onion sandwiches. I ate them every day for at least two weeks. Onions, mayo, white bread and loads of salt. Never did figure it out but at the time, they were heaven.


45 posted on 05/27/2011 10:53:15 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: itsahoot
Try a quarter inch slice of a fresh Texas Sweet Onion, on good wheat bread and slathered with Miracle Whip, then add a generous amount of black pepper.

Better than a burger.


Sorry. By definition, anything that has been even anywhere near a container of Miracle Whip is inedible, as well as possibly toxic to human life.

I once worked on a project where we bought the easements for a pipeline running from a refinery to a facility where Kraft manufactured Miracle Whip. The product to be transported to Kraft was asphaltene residue, i.e., that stuff from the bottom of the barrel after you've cracked the usable asphaltenes off.

I asked, "Why does Kraft want this god-awful petroleum waste product?"

"It's a feedstock for Miracle Whip. Hey...they want it, we'll ship it to 'em."
46 posted on 05/27/2011 11:00:08 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: La Lydia

Serve them and tell the kids to thanks Mrs Obama for them!


47 posted on 05/27/2011 11:02:40 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: SeaHawkFan

I agree on the Wala Wala, on on the west coast we get a lot of so called sweet onion, they rarely are. Have to drive back through Texas and Oklahoma to get the genuine article. The last few times I tried Vidalia sweets, I could have saved money by bying the old standard yellow onion, they were really hot and not in the least sweet.


48 posted on 05/27/2011 11:04:11 AM PDT by itsahoot (We make jokes, they make progress. Dimmitude, get used to it.)
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To: La Lydia

By next year, those DC school kids may be grasping turnips in their grubby hands and swearing:

“as meshell obama is my witness, I will never go hungry again....!!”

maybe that raw scallion snack was from the Sidwell Friends school menu of snack recipes....

Then again....naw


49 posted on 05/27/2011 11:07:10 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: chris_bdba

Mrs. Michelle Obama. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm.


50 posted on 05/27/2011 11:13:25 AM PDT by La Lydia
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