North Philly color coordination (Instagram/@duffy5251)

Lunchables at school? Parents, kids, cafeteria workers say yes

The National School Lunch Program recently approved Lunchables pre-packaged meal kits to be served in cafeterias across the U.S.

  • They're not being considered for Philly, school district officials told Ali Mohsen. Parents, however, were divided. At least then kids would eat something instead of staying hungry, one said.

School cafeteria managers said they're generally in favor, and wish they were consulted more: “We’re the ones who hear most directly from the students.”

The Lunchables debate

A preparation of the “Extra Cheesy Pizza” Lunchables ingredients. (Ali Mohsen/Thetelegraphfield)

Headlines of Yore: The first federally funded planned community

New York Shipbuilding was originally supposed to be in Long Island, and the founder didn't change the name when he relocated to the Delaware River.

The War Department bankrolled the effort, Avi Wolfman-Arent reports, creating Yorkship Village in Camden, where the company's 30,000 employees all lived.

The story of NY Ship

Yorkship Village under construction in 1918 (Courtesy Ralph Jones, scanned at the National Archives)

RECAP: What else happened?

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  • Two Democrats and two Republicans are vying for their party's nomination to fill a Pa. Supreme Court vacancy this year. [Spotlight PA]
  • In a court filing filled with details, the Philly Ethics Board alleged illegal coordination between Jeff Brown's mayoral campaign and a super PACs that's spent millions supporting him. A judge ordered the PAC to suspend advertising until the case is heard on April 24. [Thetelegraphfield]
  • After criticism for lack of non-English messaging during the drinking water scare, the city says it's implementing a multilingual alert system by the end of this year. [WHYY's PlanPhilly]
  • Want to help track the goings on in Philly? Sign up as a “documenter,” a nationwide program that pays $17/hr for people to cover the “least sexy” government meetings. [Resolve Philly/Axios]
  • As first-generation college student enrollment increases, Philly tech company CampusESP is seeing more engagement from families. []
  • Cheesesteaks are apparently a huge hit in Lahore, Pakistan, where the sandwiches appear on cafe menus and at dedicated shops. [Philly Mag$]


It's National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, which recognizes dispatchers who route calls to EMTs, and Mayor Kenney — whose dad was a firefighter — joins the Philly Fire Department for a proclamation in their honor (1 p.m.).


🎺 Brass band Snacktime plays a free concert at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philly as part of Philly Celebrates Jazz month. (4 p.m. Friday, April 14)

🚣 Head out on the lakes at FDR Park with free kayaks and rowboats, available for 45-minute timeslots. The community boating days will repeat monthly through fall. (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15)

🌺 Design your own floral crown at Glen Foerd at a free workshop led by the historic riverside destination's two teaching artists in residents. (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. either Saturday, April 15, or Sunday, April 16)

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