Michelle Obama’s Skimpy School Lunches Suck
Lunch meat, a couple of crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower recently was deemed “good enough” and served for lunch in Chickasha, Oklahoma public schools.
It complied with the newly lunch regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and implemented by the USDA that severely restricts calories in public school lunches. But let’s be honest, growing kids need both calories and exercise.
Student Kaytlin Shelton was so disgusted by her skimpy lunch that she took a photo of it showed it to her parents. Her father, Vince Holton, to say the least was extremely displeased.
“I can go pay a dollar for a Lunchable and get more food in it. Schools are responsible for children while they’re at school. They’re responsible for feeding the children.”
And Kaytlin had this to say about her ever so healthy and school supplied lunch.
“It makes me want to take that and take it to the Superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch.”
Chickasha superintendent David Cash, when questioned about what his schools are serving hungry children for lunch, agreed that the skimpy lunches need to be addressed.
“You’ve got in some cases little kids that their only two meals are breakfast and lunch at school and they’re getting you know a grand total of 1100 calories. That’s not enough.” He went on to state, “My own kid comes home and the first thing he does is raid the refrigerator. The regulations are one-size-fits-all and don’t provide wiggle room for athletes or those that are pregnant.”
Asst. State Superintendent for Child Nutrition Joanie Hildenbrand half-heartedly tried to mount a defense when confronted with a picture of Kaytlin Shelton’s now famous lunch. “We have a meat-meat alternate, we have a bread grain, we have vegetable. It’s the student’s choice of what they want to take.” Hildenbrand then added, “These regulations were put into effect two years ago and we’re still struggling with them.”
Sadly, schools cannot serve seconds, and they cannot save leftover food for the next day. So it is thrown away even as hungry kids aren’t getting enough to eat to begin with. What a waste and just another example that Michelle Obama’s ‘war on obesity’ one size fits all lunch program is just another bad idea.
Meanwhile, far from the peasants, the Obama children are eating fairly well at the Sidwell Friends School. Here are a couple of sample lunch menus from around the same time period.
October 16, 2014
Cauliflower Masala Soup
Roasted Vegetable & Israeli Couscous Salad
A Taste of India
Mixed Greens with Avocado & Sunflower Seeds
All-natural Chicken Curry
Vegetable Tikka Masala
Turmeric Roasted Carrots
October 17, 2014
Soup du Jour
Basque Tomato Salad
Classic Caesar Salad
All-natural Meatball Subs
Vegetarian Meatball Subs
Steamed Fresh Broccoli
Baked Sweet Potato Wedges
The ‘old timers’ tell me that school lunches used to be both filling and balanced. A lunch always contained meat, two vegetables, and a dessert. And the kids could go back for seconds if they wanted. But it hasn’t been that way in decades, and the more we have embraced the centralized, socialistic nanny-state the more we see things like this poor excuse of a lunch. And it’s only continuing to get worse. The government almost invariably makes things worse when it tried to make things better and moves the decision-making from the locals to the First Lady and bureaucrats in D.C.
RICK NOTE: I attended school in the 60s and 70s. We had locally shopped and locally prepared lunches. We could go back for seconds after the line was finished. We had burgers, pizza, vegetable soup and the always lurking mystery meat surprise! We did NOT have a problem with obesity. Yes, there were a few chunky monkeys but they were not the norm. So, what is different? We were Forced (shock, gasp) to participate in physical education. This was NOT the PE of today.
I taught in public high school after retiring from the USAF. The kids who did actually participate in the PE class often looked like slugs crawling across the basketball court. You could NOT force a kid to participate and those that did participate were not forced to excel. When we ran track, I outrun the majority of students and I was in my late 40s with a bad back. 75% or better walked and walked so slow I often thought about checking their pulse.
For the most part, Kids today are NOT fat because of their diet. Kids today are fat because they do not move their ass more than they run their mouths.
If the government is going to insist on ‘playing parent’ to our kids, it should at least feed them decently while it does so. Meanwhile, I encourage parents to quit relying on the state to take care of our children. At minimum, go buy a loaf of bread, some peanut butter or lunch meat and personally start making sure they get a decent lunch each day.