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1M kids stop school lunch due to Michelle Obama’s standards

Posted by on Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM
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1M kids stop school lunch due to Michelle Obama’s standards





    New school lunch standards implemented as a result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign have led to more than 1 million children leaving the lunch line, according to a new report.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a wide-ranging audit of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act nutrition standards last week, finding 48 out of 50 states faced challenges complying with Mrs. Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.


SEE ALSO: Kentucky kids to first lady Michelle Obama: Your food ‘tastes like vomit’


The new standards led to kids throwing out their fruits and vegetables, student boycotts, higher lunch costs, and odd food pairings such as “cheese stick with shrimp” in order for schools to comply with the complicated rules.

The National School Lunch Program saw a sharp decline in participation once the healthy standards went into effect during the 2012-2013 school year. A total of 1,086,000 students stopped buying school lunch, after participation had increased steadily for nearly a decade.

The report found that 321 districts left the National School Lunch Program altogether, many of which cited the new standards as a factor.

** FILE ** Second-grader Jonathan Cheng (center) looks at fruits and vegetables during a school lunch at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto, Calif., on Dec. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

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The decline was “influenced by changes made to comply with the new lunch content and nutrition standards,” state and local officials said.

Though the USDA has claimed the standards were “usda-claims-lunch-standards-are-proving-popular/”>proving popular,” the GAO report cited numerous cases where kids are unhappy with their new menus.

The standards forced some schools to stop serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and led middle school and high school students to opt for vending machines or buying food off campus to avoid the lunch line.

The GAO conducted a nationwide survey of nutrition directors and visited 17 schools in eight school districts for the audit. In each district, “students expressed dislike for certain foods that were served to comply with the new requirements, such as whole grain-rich products and vegetables in the beans and peas (legumes) and red-orange sub-groups, and this may have affected participation.”

The standards brought “negative student reactions.” In one case, middle school and high school students organized a three-week boycott after their school changed their sandwiches to comply with the rules.

All eight School Food Authorities (SFAs) the GAO visited “modified or eliminated” popular food items. One district had to cut cheeseburgers because “adding cheese to the district’s burger patties would have made it difficult to stay within the weekly meat maximums.”

The new standards are exhaustive, including calorie ranges for each age group, sodium limits, zero tolerance for trans fats, and specific ounce amounts for meats and grains. White bread will be mostly phased out beginning in 2014 because only “whole grain rich” items will be allowed.

Portion requirements and calorie limits are also in conflict, leading some SFAs to add unhealthy food such as pudding or potato chips to the menu, and serve odd food combinations in order to meet the rules.

“For example, one SFA served saltine crackers and croutons with certain salads to meet the minimum daily grain requirement and a cheese stick with shrimp to meet the minimum daily meat requirement,” the GAO said.

Unappetizing food led to the biggest problem school officials faced: food waste.


“Students may take the food components they are required to as part of the school lunch but then choose not to eat them,” the GAO said. As a result, 48 out of 50 states cited waste as a challenge.

“In our lunch period observations in 7 of 17 schools, we saw many students throw away some or all of their fruits and vegetables,” the GAO said.

The “morale” for cafeteria workers has also suffered under the new standards.

“Staff in one SFA noted that the increased amount of time and effort to prepare fruits and vegetables also led to morale issues when staff saw students throw the fruits and vegetables in the trash,” the GAO said.

Lunchroom costs are also going up due to the need for “new spoons and ladles to match the new portion size requirements.” Thirty-one percent of SFAs nationwide said they needed additional kitchen equipment to comply with the new lunch requirements last school year.

The law mandated that schools increase the price of school lunches, causing students to stop buying “because they felt they were being asked to pay more for less food.” Kids who pay full price for meals declined by 10 percent last school year, the lowest rate in over a decade.

Challenges with the school lunch program, which cost $11.6 billion in 2012, are expected to continue, as further regulations go into effect. The “first of three” sodium limits starts in 2014-2015, though “many of the foods available from manufacturers do not yet comply with these limits.”

School officials noted, “it will be very difficult” to serve food that is “palatable to students” under the sodium standards.

As for the other requirements, the GAO said students would get used to it.

“Although school lunch participation has declined, it is likely that participation will improve over time as students adjust to the lunch changes,” they said.



Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/6/1m-kids-stop-school-lunch-due-michelle-obamas-stan/?page=2#ixzz2vEApCtBV 
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VooDooB
by weird cheese on Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM
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Hmmmmmm.....!!! "Cheese stick with shrimp"! Nummy nummm!!!!

motha2daDuchess
by Bruja on Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:21 PM
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That'll show her!   Lame

all2gethernow
by on Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:21 PM
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Poor kids. Being served a healthy meal. Entitlement at its best. I pity the future of this generation.
GLWerth
by Gina on Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:28 PM
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So, it is Michelle Obama's personal responsibility to ensure that every kid has exactly what they want to eat at school every day! Wow. I bet she's unaware that every kid in the nation should be submitting personal menus to her for their daily lunch.

When I was a kid about half of the kids who got hot lunch didn't eat it becasue they didn't like it.

Nothing has changed, except that the kids who do eat it get a slightly healthier lunch than previously.

Also, I've never seen a school lunch menu with shrimp on it. Never.

lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM

In my school district, kids who do not take the required components are charged a higher price than those who take them all. I can totally see how there would be a problem with waste.


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“Students may take the food components they are required to as part of the school lunch but then choose not to eat them,” the GAO said. As a result, 48 out of 50 states cited waste as a challenge.

ChancesMommy07
by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:31 PM
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My sons school participates in the lunch program and he loves the food they serve. 

Stephanie329
by Platinum Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:33 PM
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Waaaaaaaaah!
tanyainmizzou
by on Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:33 PM
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There can be a compromise on healthy foods.   And there is way too much emphasis on grains.


leksismommy
by Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:35 PM
My DD loves school lunch, and her school has very healthy lunch. It's actually forced her to be less picky.
VooDooB
by weird cheese on Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:40 PM


Dem durn Kentucky kids! Spoiled they are!

Kentucky kids to first lady Michelle Obama: Your food ‘tastes like vomit’

First lady Michelle Obama’s healthy-eating initiative has hit a roadblock as students and parents in one rural Kentucky school district are lashing back at the mandated menu plans.

“They say it tastes like vomit,” said Harlan County Public Schools board member Myra Mosley during a charged board meeting in which she described students’ reactions to the healthy-eating plan, The Harlan Daily Enterprise reported.

The feedback follows the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s growing list of meal plans, as regulated by the first lady’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, The Daily Caller reported. The meal plan dictates to schools that receive federal funding the types of foods that must be served each day, as well as the portion sizes of those foods. Other schools have complained that portion sizes are way too small, especially for athletes, who are often left hungry.

Harlan County parents expressed similarly.

“Kids can’t learn when they’re hungry,” the parents said at the board meeting last week, The Daily Enterprise reported.

Other complaints: The brown wheat bread is nasty. The skim and 1 percent milk is gross. And the nonfat strawberry- and chocolate-flavored drinks are disgusting.



Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/28/kentucky-kids-first-lady-your-food-tastes-vomit/#ixzz2vEG9SUIr 
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