As the new school year begins, school breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are once again being verbally attacked with the new federal regulations regarding food and drink, according to Yahoo! News on Tuesday.
Regarding the nutrition initiative promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama, the latest school to make headlines for school food dissatisfaction is rural Harlan County’s Public Schools.
Parents vehemently complained at a recent school board meeting that their children can’t learn when they’re constantly hungry. The parents spoke of the extremely small portions of food and the taste of the food choices which many of their children simply can’t eat. When it comes to the milk, School Board Member Myra Mosley said that students assert that “it tastes like vomit.”
Regardless of the new USDA meal regulations being implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” being given Michelle Obama’s blessings, schools don’t want the new program. Unfortunately, many schools don’t have a choice because government funding of the program gives school districts six-figures in funds for buying-into the new program. It has been said that wealthier districts that can do without the federal government’s subsidy are dropping the federal program and feeding their school children the way they want.
Besides the limiting of protein to one serving and carbohydrates to a three-fourths cup- serving, the milk isn’t what the children are used to drinking. The milk must be skim or one percent fat instead of the two percent or whole milk children are most used to drinking. Additionally, the bread is no longer the white bread students are accustomed to eating. Now it is wheat.
Via the National School Lunch Program, the governmental limitations only allow up to 850 calories for high school students’ lunches, 700 for middle school students’ lunches, and 650 for elementary school students’ lunches.
UPDATE: Immediately after this story hit the news, CBS News reported that the Laguna Beach Unified School District in Southern California is adamantly rebelling against the federal healthy lunch program. The school district decided to totally revise its lunch menus, it was reported on Tuesday night. Like other school districts from coast-to-coast throughout the nation, the reason for the rejection of Mrs. Obama's anti-obesity in children program is that students aren't eating the lunches, the food is being wasted as school cafeterias end up throwing the food out, and - most of all - children can't learn as well when they're hungry throughout the day.