File this story under “ungrateful little bastards.” If they were living in India (or whatever country is currently being used to browbeat kids into eating their spinach), they would be only too happy to chow down on Mrs. Obama’s patented quinoa and beansprout salad.
According to The Daily Mail:
Students in a rural Kentucky county — and their parents — are the latest to join a growing national chorus of scorn for the healthy school lunches touted by first lady Michelle Obama.
‘They say it tastes like vomit,’ said Harlan County Public Schools board member Myra Mosley at a contentious board meeting last week….
Not that the first lady would be caught dead eating this drek — not as long as there is a single french fry left to conquer.
As for the USDA meal regs that determine which foods Harlan County School administrators can force down the gullets of its captive lunchtime clientele, they are part of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,″ which Mrs. O. had a hand in getting passed.
But school board members don’t care. The main concern expressed at a recent board meeting was that parents were complaining that their kids were starving at lunch — and for the remainder of the school day — because the food on offer in the cafeteria (in a word) stinks.
“Kids can’t learn when they’re hungry!” parents in the audience shouted.
Some of the specific pet peeves were with the new bread (echoes of the new math), which students don’t want to eat because it’s brown wheat bread. The kiddies aren’t that keen either on the new milk, which is skim or one percent fat. The cafeteria’s chocolate and strawberry milk offerings are now nonfat … and guaranteed 100% flavorless.
Jack Miniard, the school district’s director of school and community nutrition patiently explained that the federal government now oversees both food choices and portion sizes in most American school districts. The portion control means a calorie cap: 850 for high school lunches, 700 for middle schools, and 650 calories for kids in elementary school. It also means students can have only one serving of meat or other protein, although 1-percenters can circumvent that restriction by paying out of pocket for second portion.
School districts can always elect to drop out of the National School Lunch Program, though doing so can mean giving up a six-figure annual subsidy for the district.
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