Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Too Hungry for Michelle Obama's School Lunch Menu

If you feed the kids just lesser amounts of processed foods, with no "holding" power, sure they are going to get hungry. One has to know the school districts weren't suddenly lining up and serving Jaime Oliver style lunches.

Citing ‘Hungry, Frustrated Children,’ Another District Drops Michelle Obama’s Lunch Menu

"If the goal of the federal school lunch overhaul is to improve outcomes for children, somebody should tell its chief cheerleader -- First Lady Michelle Obama -- that it’s actually backfiring.
Officials in New York’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district have become the latest to opt out of the National School Lunch Program, citing “hungry, frustrated children plus lost income.”
“[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. Students complained of being hungry with these lunches and the district lost money.
I'm confident we can do better on our own next year,” assistant superintendent Chris Abdoo said in a news release.
The lunch program lost about $100,000 for the school year, which is roughly the cost of one teaching position.
“Students felt they weren't getting good value for their money,” Boehm said. “The high schoolers especially complained the portion sizes were too small, and many more students brought in lunch from home.”
One example provided by the district that was a “turn off” to elementary students included canned green beans and “part” of a chicken patty on a mini croissant." 

 When I was a substitute teacher I had to eat a few school lunches, at the elementary school level they were just BAD, mystery meats glopped with gravy, canned and fried everything. The lunches rarely did much for my hunger levels. The only time I ate the stuff was out of desperation. I worked in a poorer district so not sure if that affected things, but if they just cut the portions of the bad stuff, then they were wasting their time.

Students Push Back on New School Lunches

Was all this a backdoor way for the government to save money?

I've read this lady's school lunch blog before, it brought back memories. By the way, they are feeding your kids even worse in day care. Trust me on that one. We used to run out of lunches too at profit driven centers, I worked at that paid us so little. Trust this teacher on how bad the school lunches are. I've seen worse. I still remember the DOUBLE PIZZA AND FRENCH FRY day in my high school from the 1980s. By the way kids around the world are eating FAR BETTER at lunch....their meals at least look like they have some real ingredients and actual food. Realize the mega-corporations are profiting too off the bad food in schools.

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