Kentucky students to first lady Michelle Obama: Your food âtastes like vomitâ
Students in a rural Kentucky county â and their parents â are the latest to join a growing national chorus of scorn for the healthy school lunches touted by first lady Michelle Obama.
âThey say it tastes like vomit,â said Harlan County Public Schools board member Myra Mosley at a contentious board meeting last week, reports The Harlan Daily Enterprise.
The growing body of USDA meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the âHealthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010âł has long been a signature issue for the first lady.
Denizens of Harlan County donât much care, though. Their primary concern at the board meeting was a bevy of complaints that local children are starving at lunch â and for the remainder of the school day â because the food on offer in the cafeteria is crappy and there isnât nearly enough of it.
âKids canât learn when theyâre hungry!â parents shouted to the board, according to the Enterprise.
Other gripes involved the new bread, which students donât want to eat because itâs brown wheat bread, and the new milk, which is skim or one percent fat, not two percent or whole. The cafeteriaâs chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk offerings are now nonfat.
Jack Miniard, the school districtâs director of school and community nutrition, was on hand to explain that the federal government now governs both food choices and portion sizes in most American school districts including Harlan County.
Under the National School Lunch Program, participating schools must provide lunches â including free or reduced price lunches â with minimum amounts of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and whole grains. Also, in what presumably falls outside the hunger-free aspect of the act, thereâs a calorie cap: 850 for high school lunches, 700 for middle schools and a mere 650 calories for kids in elementary school.
Students can only have one serving of meat or other protein. However, rich kids can buy a second portion each day on their own dime.
Servings of carbohydrates such as potatoes are limited to just a single serving of three-fourths of a cup per student.
On the plus side, students can eat as many fruits and vegetables as they want.
Across the country, students and parents have expressed dissatisfaction with the federal governmentâs new food regime. Some wealthier suburban school districts are simply backing out of the National School Lunch Program, though doing so can mean giving up a six-figure annual subsidy for the district
That sounds fine to me tbh. What am I missing??