Michelle Obama lunch standards update…
November 16, 2014
By Jennifer Van Laar
The school lunch program First Lady Michelle Obama championed, the one she claimed would provide “more whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and less fat and sodium and set sensible calorie limits” is instead leaving students hungry. And they’re not gonna take it anymore.
As we’ve previously reported,students and parents are fed up and have posted pics of the skimpy meals on Twitter.
So we get fed like children. Thanks Michelle Obama.@MichelleObama pic.twitter.com/YSNMvpnlIC
— Bailey (@BaileyBeewee) October 28, 2014
I’d like to thank @MichelleObama for this delicious school lunch. Sure was filling pic.twitter.com/sFKoHXm2Ep
— Martin Hooi (@martinhooi) May 6, 2013
Now one school in Wisconsin is taking it a step further. D.C. Everest High School senior Meghan Hellrood organized “pack-a-bag” day, where students brought in their own lunches to boycott the cafeteria’s lunches, which she says consist of “small portions of very processed foods.”
Meghan told Fox News that students “are sometimes given a box of raisins as the fruit portion.” She contends that the choices aren’t any healthier overall, and that:
“[Athletes] are not performing as well as they could, and people’s test scores are going down because they’re hungry throughout the day.”
Students at the school “came together to make bagged lunches for kids who can’t afford to bring their own lunch every day, and they have received donations from the community.”
Bringing a lunch from home is one way to get around the inadequate school lunches, as long as the government or u nions stays out of lunch bags. There have been incidents in North Carolina and Illinois where students’ packed lunches have been confiscated by school officials who claim they don’t meet nutritional guidelines.
New York school drops Michelle Obama lunch standards: Kids too hungry
July 9, 2013
New York’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district has become the latest casualty in first lady Michelle Obama’s preferred lunch plan, dropping the menu after too many students complained of hunger.
“[Food service manager Nicky] Boehm and her staff worked hard to implement the new regulations, but there were just too many problems and too many foods that students did not like and would not purchase,” said Assistant Superintendent Chris Abdoo about the National School Lunch Program in a statement reported by EAGNews.org. “Students complained of being hungry with these lunches and the district lost money.”
The school system decided to instead create its own lunch menu for next year.
The district lost about $100,000 trying out the federal menu, which offered such meals as “part” of a chicken patty on a minicroissant, EAGNews.org reported.
“Students felt they weren’t getting good value for their money,” Ms. Boehm said in EAGNews.org. “The high schoolers especially complained the portion sizes were too small and many more students brought in lunch from home.”
This isn’t the first school to drop the federal lunch menu plan. Catlin, Ill., schools did the same, calling the guidelines too “restrictive,” EAGNews.org reported.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in charge of managing the lunch program and estimates Mrs. Obama’s new wish list for student meals would cost about $3.2 billion to bring to fruition around the nation.