Skip to comments.Gov't Urges Parents to Use School Lunches As a Model for Family Dinner (Mooch-approved)
Posted on 10/02/2012 7:47:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Government-approved school meals as a model for the family dinner table?
Responding to concerns that students are throwing away the healthy food on their cafeteria trays, the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged that adapting to the changes "may be challenging at first, as students are introduced to new flavors and foods in the cafeteria."
But the government also says parents can help school make the taste-transition easier:
"We know that many parents are already making changes at home to help the whole family eat healthier," the USDA blogged on Monday. "We recommend reviewing school menus with kids at home and working to incorporate foods that are being served at school into family meals as much as possible."
A recent video produced by high school students in Kansas mocked the healthy school lunches, showing young athletes fainting from starvation. "We are hungry," they lip-synched, as one by one they topple over.
The USDA blog appears to be a response to that satire:
"We know it is important that students get the calories and nutrition they need to stay alert and energized through the day, and schools are doing a number of things to make sure this happens," wrote Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA's deputy under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services. Schools can "allow kids a certain amount of flexibility to choose only the foods they intend to eat," the blog said. "We refer to this as offer vs. serve (OVS). OVS allows students to decline one or two of the food items offered in a school lunch. Schools can decide how to implement OVS, including which grades and how many items can be declined."
As CNSNews.com previously reported, the public school system in Fairfax County, Va., requires students to select a serving of fruit or vegetables for the reduced school-lunch price to apply.
The U.S.D.A.'s Thornton noted that "while some of the new school meals are different," most schools still serve "old favorites" -- although the chicken nuggets are now baked instead of fried, and and pizza slices come with lower-fat cheese and more vegetable toppings.
"Still, we dont want students to make a habit of skipping unfamiliar fruits and veggies and other new healthy items," she said.
In addition to parental involvement, the USDA is encouraging schools to offer taste tests in which students provide "feedback" on meals to food service staff.
Full-out indoctrinating children. That they’re unashamed about it should be quite telling.
Buzz off nanny state. I cook way better, tastier, healthier, and more appealing - that wookie or any school I know of outside a culinary school.
Will we end up with a butt as big as Michelle?
You mean the ones that leave the kids still hungry after lunch? Thats a great idea.
Really? Have they actually LOOKED at what kind of crap passes for lunch at schools these days?
My kids take their own lunch. When they are forced to buy a government meal.........hell HATH no fury like a red-headed, conservative mom!
” - - - concerns that students are throwing away the healthy food on their cafeteria trays - - - “
1.) How many food dollars do the students throw away?
2.) How many taxpayers dollars are spent in a year for the total School Lunch Program.
Where did you get that poster?
That Wide Load Beard of Obama’s may be able to make kids eat what they feed them at school, but she doesn’t rule my home.
I like 1-2-3, Meat ,Taters and a, veggie.
I was raised on it and I raised mine on it.
She can bite me.
“We know that many parents are already making changes at home to help the whole family eat healthier,” the USDA blogged on Monday. “We recommend reviewing school menus with kids at home and working to incorporate foods that are being served at school into family meals as much as possible.”
There is a scene in the Clint Eastwood movie “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” where Josey Wales forces the patent medicine salesman at gunpoint to drink his own medicine. That’s what we need right now. Force these bureaucrats and politicians to eat their own F’n recommendations.
Don’t remember, been using it for quite some time. Just Google 2ndDivisionVet and Michelle and select “images” and you’ll see it.
Drudge has a link to a story about a Florida school district that’s considering putting cams on the cafeteria trash cans because they’re finding that most of the vegetables on the school menu are being tossed by the kids. So what is the next step? Suspending them because they don’t want to eat the green beans? Or ordering them to eat vegetables in detention? It wouldn’t surprise me.
Take a look at the comments at the link.
Two words: SHOVE IT!
I’m encouraging my daughter to sell snack food at school.
Black marketing skills will come in handy soon.
Food lines are arond the corner if these tyrants don’t get their walking papers!
Tried, but I can’t get the comment section to load.
Stay out of my life, I don’t need anyone to tell me what my children should be eating. Sounds like socialism to me.
And Mooch encourages kids to eat at the level of developing nations....criminy who has their teen ager eating less than 1000 calories at lunch????
now now don’t you know it is not nice to talk about our president that way
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