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School lunches and a peanut-free society

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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 9:11 am

My new kindergartner wants to experience hot lunch, but he's a very picky eater. So I decided to get a copy of the month's menu in order to do a bit of planning ahead.

As I was reading each day's offerings, I stopped at peanut butter and jelly thinking my kid might be willing to give it a whirl(even if it is served on a whole wheat bun). But upon closer examination, I realized it actually said "sunbutter."

What is sunbutter, you might be asking. It's a gluten-free, alternative to peanut butter made with sunflower seeds.

It appears my son's school (like most) is a peanut-free site. I understand peanut allergies are a real threat, but is this ban fair to everyone?

In Arkansas where the debate is heating up, some parents' answers to the above question would be, "No way." Check out the article and let me know what you think.

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1 comment:

  • Pam Bauserman posted at 11:19 am on Fri, Sep 14, 2012.

    Pam Bauserman Posts: 13 Staff

    This is interesting since peanut butter and jelly is all my daughter takes to school. We had a problem last year when they got to eat in class with the teacher, who is allergic to peanuts. There were about 5 days last year where she didn't even bring a sandwich.


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