Laura Fuentes packs her kids’ lunches with waffles covered in strawberries and cream cheese and PB&J pancake sandwiches. Not because her kids love breakfast food, but because their school serves lunch when many of us are still sipping our morning coffee.
Fuentes’ pre-kindergarten son sits down to lunch in New Orleans at 9:45 a.m. and her first-grade daughter eats at 10:20 a.m. Similarly, at a school in Florida’s Seminole County, lunch starts as early as 9 a.m. and a middle school in Queens, N.Y., recently announced it will be serving students lunch at 9:45 a.m. On this month’s early morning menu: mozzarella sticks, penne pasta and roasted chicken.
Since when did brunch become de rigueur in school cafeterias across the country? Officials say over-crowded schools are the biggest culprit.