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  • White House Asked to Stay Away From School Nutrition Summit

    07/14/2014 4:40:48 PM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Helena Bottemiller Evich
    Michelle Obama’s food policy czar, celebrity chef Sam Kass, was once so in with the lunch lady crowd, he landed a guest judge spot on a tearful school lunch episode of Food Network’s “Chopped” and handed out awards at the School Nutrition Association’s convention in Denver. Two years later, when he asked to speak at the group’s annual convention this week in Boston, the answer: “No.” The rebuke shows how ugly the fight has become between the first lady and her supporters, who want kids to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in their school lunches, and the organization...
  • New York to offer free lunch to all middle-school students

    07/14/2014 4:09:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Mineral Wells Index (TX) ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Henry Goldman
    New York's $75 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that began last week includes the first step toward offering free lunch for all 1.1 million students, expanding a program now reserved only for the city's poorest children. Starting in September, the city will spend an additional $6.25 million a year so that all 177,000 students in the sixth through eighth grades will qualify for free breakfast and lunch. By expanding the program, advocates seek to eliminate the shame and embarrassment that keep many children who qualify for the free lunches from receiving them.
  • School Officials Try Healthier Cafeteria Options

    07/14/2014 3:53:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 14, 2014 | By PHILIP MARCELO
    Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates — without turning off sometimes-finicky students. "I have my work cut out for me," said Sara Gasiorowski, who was among the roughly 6,500 people attending a conference for school nutrition professionals at the convention center. This fall, new requirements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will alter the makeup of school meals, calling for less sodium and more fruits and vegetables. Grain-based foods such as...
  • 'Snake' Found in Mid-Day Meal in Bihar, 54 Children Fall Ill (School Lunch Program)

    07/05/2014 4:32:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    54 students of a government middle school in Bihar's Sitamarhi district fell ill today after eating a mid-day meal in which a 'snake' was found. Sursand block development officer Vinod Kumar said the children of Meghpur Middle School at Sursand developed symptoms of nausea and fell unconsciousness after eating the meal. They were rushed to a nearby public health centre, given medicines and kept under observation. None of them were in critical condition, he said. "We have seized the khichdi that was given to the students. A long, black object was found in it and we suspect that it could...
  • Government Spends Money to Create Obesity Epidemic & Then Regulates Us to “Help”

    07/04/2014 12:07:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | July 3, 2014 | Mark Horne
    I mentioned two days ago the decision of schools to ban birthday cupcakes. Michelle Obama is essentially fighting with students to get them to change what they eat. But what is missing from this story is the proper context. The fact is that our bad eating habits are getting encouraged by taxpayer money. In fact, the government arguably changed our dietary habits to their present behavior. The Foundation for Economic Education came out with an article yesterday about dealing with “food deserts.”
  • School Board President Ditches Michelle Obama's Lunch Program: She's Been 'Elected By No One'

    07/04/2014 8:14:59 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Jul 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Local school districts in Wisconsin are opting out of the onerous school lunch guidelines that have been pushed largely by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her campaign to fight obesity, choosing instead to make their own guidelines about proper food nutrition at the local level. As the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports, Rick Petfalski, school board president of the Muskego-Norway School District, said, “We believe that proper food nutrition and meal portion guidelines are best decided at a local level.” Petfalski’s school district’s decision to opt out of the National School Lunch Program means it will no longer receive...
  • Leftovers from Michelle Obama’s ‘healthy’ school lunches being served to pigs

    07/02/2014 1:14:56 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 28 replies
    EAG News ^ | July 1, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. – First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch menu is finally getting some love from a group of young eaters. Some 3,000 pigs at My Blue Heaven Farm in Rhode Island have been dining on students’ lunch leftovers from two nearby school systems, according to WoonsocketCall.com.The pigs are enjoying “half-eaten tuna sandwiches and other food scraps students discard during their lunch periods” as part of a new recycling program established by the town of Cumberland, the news site reports.The recycling program has been so successful that officials are planning to expand it in the fall.The school food...
  • Let’s Move: Salad Bars Boosting School Lunch Participation

    06/21/2014 3:54:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign is claiming that salad bars have increased student participation in school lunch, despite a report that found one million children fled the lunch line in response to her new lunch standards.“Let’s Move!” released findings from their own survey for its “Salad Bars to Schools” program on Thursday, touting the addition of salad bars in some schools.“More than 1.7 million school-age children in the United States have better access to fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to new salad bars donated to schools through Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools,” Let’s Move said in a blog...
  • Michelle Obama Tells the Congress ‘It’s Unacceptable’ To End My School Lunch Program

    06/20/2014 3:09:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 56 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 6-20-14 | Kevin Boyd
    House Republicans are trying to end Michelle Obama’s school lunch initative and the First Lady’s not happy about it. She used a White House event on Tuesday to rally opposition to a bill passed by a House subcommittee that would allow districts to suspend the program. From Fox News: Seeing her nutritional standards under threat, the first lady hosted a discussion with school leaders on Tuesday afternoon at the White House where she ripped efforts to roll back those guidelines. “This is unacceptable,” Obama said. The first lady said families realize the country is facing a “health crisis,” and the...
  • Michelle Obama: Moms Can’t Figure Out What to Feed Their Kids Unless Schools Do It For Them

    06/18/2014 9:30:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/17/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s just so confusing. Do you feed your kids bologna sandwiches or pieces of wet cardboard? Can you give them PlayDoh on a dead mackerel?Modern grads of Ivy League colleges don’t have the time to figure all this stuff out. That’s why there are government bureaucrats who tell schools what to feed kids so they don’t die of cardboard overdose.And there’s Michelle Obama who spends more time obsessed with what your kids eat than most major food conglomerates. In an interview with MSN.com, First Lady Michelle Obama explained she used to struggle to feed her kids right—even though she received...
  • White House threatens to veto House ag spending bill

    06/12/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | June 11, 2014 | Mary Soukup
    As the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to consider the fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, the White House threatened to veto the legislation due to opposition related to funding provisions related to school nutrition programs, potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children program and other policy issues.This is the first veto threat from the White House for fiscal year 2015 spending bills.“The bill undermines key investments in financial oversight, injects political decision-making into science-based nutrition standards, and includes objectionable language riders,” said the official Statement of Administration Policy. “If the President were presented with H.R. 4800, his senior advisors...
  • Behind the school lunch fight

    06/05/2014 7:07:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | June 4, 2014 | Helena Bottemiller Evich
    First lady Michelle Obama and school lunch ladies used to be on the same team, but now they’re locked in a political war against each other. For the first three years of Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, the School Nutrition Association, a powerful group that represents 55,000 cafeteria professionals, was a close ally in the White House push to get kids to eat healthier. The group helped lobby for the legislation at the center of the debate: the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, a law championed by the first lady that mandates more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and less sodium...
  • The Campaign for Junk Food [Note author!!]

    05/30/2014 10:09:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | May 28, 2014 | Michelle Obama
    WHEN we began our Let’s Move! initiative four years ago, we set one simple but ambitious goal: to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthy. To achieve this goal, we have adhered to one clear standard: what works. The initiatives we undertake are evidence-based, and we rely on the most current science. Research indicated that kids needed less sugar, salt and fat in their diets, so we revamped school lunch menus accordingly. When data showed that the lack of nearby grocery stores negatively affected people’s eating habits, we worked...
  • Can Americans Be Trusted to Oversee School Lunches Themselves?

    05/29/2014 7:08:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 46 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 29, 2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Can Americans Be Trusted to Oversee School Lunches Themselves?Posted By Arnold Ahlert On May 29, 2014 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama took on House Republicans, criticizing their attempt to roll back the current guidelines for school lunches. “It’s unacceptable to me, not just as first lady but also as a mother,” she declared during a White House meeting with school nutrition officials. “The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health. Now is not the time to roll back everything...
  • Everyone hates Michelle Obama’s school lunches because Republicans

    05/28/2014 6:05:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 27, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    There’s a hashtag filled with colorful commentary and color pictures of the devastation Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch initiative has wrought on the plastic platters of America’s school children. There’s a GAO report showing participation in the school lunch program down more than 1 million students— the first such decline in years— while costs are up and the actual nutritional value of these allegedly improved meals remains in question. But none of this requires reevaluation. The real problem with Michelle Obama’s crusade and a top-down, inflexible federal mandate for students of varying sizes and tastes is that Republicans are pointing...
  • The Science is Settled

    05/28/2014 4:55:14 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-28-2014 | MOTUS
    Today’s reflection: “Obama Unleashes His Inner Geek (Again) at White House Science Fair.”"The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids' health."The science is settled then: if you want to eat, you’ll eat what we tell you to eat. Posted from: Michelle Obama’s Mirror 
  • Public School Kids Protest 'Let's Move' Lunches As First Daughters Get Meatball Subs, Ice Cream

    05/27/2014 1:29:17 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5-27-14 | Barbara Boland
    With public school students using #ThanksMichelle to tweet photos of their skimpy, stomach-turning school lunches, I decided to look at what Michelle Obama's daughters are served at Sidwell Friends school, and it turns out the girls dine on lunches from menus designed by chefs. While the Obama daughters have enjoyed dishes like chicken coconut soup, local butternut squash soup, crusted tilapia, they also get their fill of what Mrs. Obama might consider junk food. This week, for example, they'll enjoy meatball subs, BBQ wings, and ice cream, in addition to chicken curry, deviled egg salad and the intriguing "Chef's Choice."...
  • NEW REPORT: More Than 1 Million Kids Have Stopped Eating Michelle Obama’s “Healthy” School Lunches…

    05/24/2014 4:21:19 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    Rightwing News ^ | May 24, 2014 | Tiffiny Ruegner
    Michelle Obama’s new dietary restrictions is so bad that they can’t even GIVE the food away. A million kids have turned away from Obama’s school lunch and schools are feeling the huge hit. Via The Hill: More than a million kids confronted by healthier school lunches are turning up their noses, leaving the cafeteria and heading out to get a burger instead. The difficulty in getting students to eat lower-fat, lower-sodium meals is at the center of a food fight between House Republicans and first lady Michelle Obama that erupted this week.
  • USDA Announces More 'Flexibility' For Next Year's School Meals

    05/21/2014 7:26:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 21, 2014 | Jeryl Bier
    Just a day after House Republicans introduced legislation to roll back some Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations on school meal programs, the USDA announced some flexibility would be granted to some schools for the coming school year when implementing the new policies:
  • Chicago suburb tells feds to keep their money -- and their school lunch regulations

    05/11/2014 7:28:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/10/2014 | Richard L. Benkin
    A school district in Chicago’s northwest suburbs is quitting the National School Lunch Program over new regulations championed by first lady Michelle Obama. The so-called Smart Snacks in School policy, set to take effect on July 1, is the latest attempt by our Regulator-in-Chief to dictate every aspect of Americans’ behavior. It dictates strict calorie, sodium, fat, and sugar guidelines for any food sold in schools during the day. That even includes the ubiquitous bake sales and other fundraisers. Instead of forcing the school district’s 500 low income kids and others to eat “healthier,” however, the administration is only creating...
  • Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules

    05/06/2014 5:55:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | AP News
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Becky Domokos-Bays of Alexandria City Public Schools has served her students whole-grain pasta 20 times. Each time, she said, they rejected it. Starting next school year, pasta and other grain products in schools will have to be whole-grain rich, or more than half whole grain.
  • National School Lunch Program Embarrassment Continues

    04/13/2014 1:03:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Reason ^ | April 12, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    The USDA has managed to make school lunches stink even more. So why does the government continue?>School lunches still stink. But now unprecedented numbers of students are refusing to eat them.Last month I noted that a GAO report had found that last school year's disastrous rollout of the updated USDA National School Lunch Program helped drive 1.6 million paying students from the lunch rolls. The new rules led some schools to abandon the program, as I reported in 2012. What's more, the new rules, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, have also resulted in unprecedented mountains of food waste.As I...
  • Hello fruits and vegetables! “Junk food” banned from schools July 1

    04/11/2014 7:35:56 AM PDT · by matt04 · 67 replies
    School leaders are getting ready for a big change in school food service. The USDA’s Smart Snacks in School rules go into effect July 1, 2014. In short, all “junk food” in vending machines, a la carte lunch, student stores and fundraisers such as bakes sales is banned July 1st. “I think that’s great!” said Betsy Hunsucker, a Brownsburg mother. “I think kids would love fruits and vegetables.” Fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein-rich foods and whole grain-rich foods are allowed. Water, milk and 100% fruit and vegetable juice is permitted. High school students can have caffeine and low-calorie carbonated drinks. There...
  • REBEL AGAINST MICHELLE: Students Fed Up With Michelle O’s School Lunch Overhaul

    04/07/2014 4:38:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 4-7-14
    First, about one million public school students said “no way” to their cafeteria menus after Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign led to anger and frustration over food that apparently many American kids didn’t want to stomach. But for those without other options, all that’s left is the power of social media and cell phone cameras when they simply can’t take another bite:
  • Sunday: First World Problems Day

    04/06/2014 10:03:06 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-6-2014 | MOTUS
    Today is First World Problem (FWP) Day: In which we examine issues and problems that only occur because as a culture we have more than our fair share of everything, including time to be outraged:So here we go, in no particular order, this week’s First World Problems:1. Our culture of plenty has resulted in an epidemic of obesity.Overweight kids have forced Lady M to lower the boom on fattening school lunches, resulting in cut backs on portions and variety. This has caused some student blow-back. (caution: “colorful” language)2. Our culture of Plenty and resulting obesity epidemic has caused a preoccupation...
  • More than 1 MILLION students stopped buying school lunches after Michelle Obama's overhaul ...

    03/05/2014 3:35:37 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 45 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 6, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR
    More than one million U.S. schoolchildren stopped buying school lunches during the 2012-2013 academic year, after new nutrition standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama took effect. The Government Accountability Office, a watchdog agency inside the federal government, told members of Congress in a little-noticed January 28 report that participation in the school lunch program declined by 1,086,000 in that one year, the biggest drop on record. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revise its school lunch standards to bring them in line with a new set of nutrition requirements. The first...
  • Let’s Move: 1.6M Paying Students Drop School Lunch—‘Challenges With Palatability’

    03/04/2014 10:31:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 4, 2014 - 5:23 PM | Ali Meyer
    Despite an increase in the number of students who receive free meals as a part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, 1.6 million students have dropped out of the school lunch program, according to a Government Accountability Office Report (GAO), which noted that part of the decline was due to the palatability of the lunch offerings, and “plate waste”—students throwing away some of the food. […] “Further, some SFAs we visited noted that negative student reactions to lunches that complied with the new meat and grain portion size limits directly affected program participation in their districts,” said the GAO. The...
  • New bill would require WH dinners to follow same as school lunch guidelines

    02/13/2014 5:40:47 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 17 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | 2 -12- 2014 | Janeen Capizola
    One Illinois Republican lawmaker has asked the White House and the Obama’s to stop being “hypocrites” and practice what they preach about nutrition. Tuesday night’s glutton-fest of a White House state dinner for French President François Hollande was the perfect example of why U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has introduced legislation that would require official White House meals to follow the same USDA mandated guidelines for school lunch and breakfast programs.
  • Parents upset after school takes lunches from students with account deficits

    01/30/2014 5:29:36 AM PST · by Wolfie · 73 replies
    Fox 13 Now ^ | 01/30/14
    Parents upset after school takes lunches from students with account deficits SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Dozens of students at a Salt Lake City elementary school were served lunch Tuesday, only to have the food taken from them and thrown away in an incident parents said was uncalled for and humiliating for the children. The incident took place at Uintah Elementary School when students were told there was no money in their school lunch accounts. The students’ lunches were taken and thrown away, and the students were provided with fruit and milk. Officials said it’s school policy for food in...
  • New regs for Thursday: School lunch program to cost $16.4B

    01/15/2014 10:19:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Hill's Regwatch ^ | January 15, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Thursday's edition of the Federal Register contains 185 new agency submissions, including an update to the cost of the National School Lunch Program. Nutrition: The price tag on Michelle Obama's National School Lunch Program was inaccurately reported in the Federal Register earlier this month, so the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is correcting the cost. The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, which provides free and low-cost healthy meals to more than 31 million students, are now projected to cost taxpayers $16.4 billion for 7.8 billion million students in 2014. The costs will...
  • USDA: On second thought, some of those school-lunch restrictions weren’t such a good idea

    01/06/2014 9:05:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 4, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    After the federal government’s school-lunch standards were overhauled in 2012 in what I’m sure was a very well-intentioned effort to institute healthier habits in America’s children and help stave off of the country’s growing childhood obesity problem, it didn’t take long for the calorie-intake and portion restrictions in the new code to crash and burn spectacularly. Healthy eating habits being the highly individualized needs and preferences that they are, kids and parents quickly began complaining that students were not able to get enough to eat at lunchtime, and in some districts, school-lunch participation began to drop as more and more...
  • Brown Bag Ban: Fed Gov Tells Preschool Parents No Lunch From Home Without a Doctor’s Note

    10/23/2013 8:51:52 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 82 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/23/2013 | Daisy Luther
    It looks like the days of trading half of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for half of your best friendÂ’s ham sandwich may soon be over if the federal government has anything to do with it. A Richmond, Virginia mother received the following note, telling her not to pack a lunch for her pre-school age child. (source: Momdot.com) Dear Parents, I have received word from Federal Programs Preschool pertaining to lunches from home. Parents are to be informed that students can only bring lunches from home if there is a medical condition requiring a specific diet, along with...
  • SNA Urges Congress to End Shutdown to Protect School Meals

    10/12/2013 4:01:43 PM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 23 replies
    SNA: School Nutrition Association ^ | October 11, 2013 | Diane Pratt-Heavner
    SNA Urges Congress to End Shutdown to Protect School Meals NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (October 11, 2013) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national non-profit representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide, sent a letter to congressional leaders today urging them to end the Federal Government shutdown to ensure the availability of school meals for America’s students. Starting on November 1, school meal programs will request federal reimbursements for meals served during October, but the US Department of Agriculture has not guaranteed the availability of sufficient funds to reimburse states for all meals served in October. In fact, one state agency...
  • Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

    09/29/2013 3:36:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2013 5:04 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Agriculture Department says 524 schools—out of about 100,000—have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods last year. The new standards have been met with grumbling from school nutrition officials who say they are difficult and expensive to follow, conservatives who say the government shouldn’t be dictating what kids eat and—unsurprisingly—from some children who say the less-greasy food doesn’t taste as good. But USDA says the vast majority of schools are serving healthier food, with some success. Data the department is planning to release Monday shows that 80...
  • No free lunch: N.J. school will deny students meals if they have no money, report says

    09/08/2013 5:53:58 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 60 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | September 8, 2013
    WILLINGBORO — It seems ripped from the pages of Dickens: A hungry child approaches the school cafeteria worker, meal in hand. The worker promptly throws the meal in the trash and sends the child away unfed. Why? The child's parents have let the lunch account run dry.
  • School lunches leave York County districts with no easy answers

    09/07/2013 7:10:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    York Dispatch (PA) ^ | September 6, 2013 | By NIKELLE SNADER
    Many schools in the nation are considering a change from the National School Lunch Program, which could happen in schools across York County if the regulations for the program continue to become more strict. But with a decrease in student participation and a growing list of federal nutrition mandates, the district might consider cutting the program next fall at the high school level. The number of students who buy the program-approved school lunch decreased by 10 percent last year, an estimated 100 meals per day. But the current situation isn't the entire reason the district is considering a change. Harlacher...
  • Free School Lunches End Up In Trash At Florin High

    09/06/2013 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | September 5, 2013 | by Cambi Brown
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — At Florin High School, every student gets a free lunch, even if they can afford to pay for it, and CBS13 has discovered that a lot of that free food ends up in the trash. Throwing away food is just the beginning of a drain on your taxpayer dollars. Last year, 14 percent of students paid for their own meals because they didn’t qualify for free lunch. “The federal government [now] allows, if 80 percent or more of the school is eligible for free lunch, the paid students, we would feed them for free,” said Michelle Drake...
  • Fort Lauderdale company offers alternative to lunch lines in Broward schools (Vending machines)

    09/02/2013 10:35:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | August 27, 2013 | Miriam Valverde
    Viviana Sanchez surveyed the long lunch line at Northeast High School last week and pondered her options. And she was glad she had options. Instead of waiting forever in the cafeteria line for a less-than-appetizing meal, the sophomore strolled over to a vending machine and had her lunch within seconds. "I like this better," Sanchez said last Thursday after pulling out a yogurt parfait and chocolate milk from Star Food Healthy Express machine. "This tastes better and it's quicker to get." The Oakland Park school is one of about 40 middle schools and high schools within the Broward County Public...
  • Carroll ISD Opting Out Of Federal Lunch Program (Texas)

    08/29/2013 7:56:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    CBS ^ | Chuck Schechner
    FORT WORTH (KRLD) – At least one North Texas school district has turned up its nose at the new federal lunch program. Many schools report kids refused to eat the healthier meals that are supposed to be packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Carroll Independent School District has dropped out for a year. Nutrition Services Director Mary Brunig says the requirements are too restrictive. “You have to follow exactly what is in this meal pattern, if you are the national school lunch program.” Brunig says as a result, a lot of food wound up in the trash. “With the...
  • Why Did a Tennessee Grade School Ban Pork?

    08/15/2013 10:13:45 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 140 replies
    Fox News & Commentary ^ | August 15, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Tennessee elementary school banned students from eating ham sandwiches, BLT’s and anything else made with pork, but eventually lifted the ban after parents complained. Third grade teachers at Sunset Elementary School in Brentwood, Tenn. sent home an “Approved Snack List” for the school year and it specifically banned anything that comes from a pig.snacklist “No meats containing pork,” read the memorandum. “Starting Monday, August 12, 2013 your child must provide their own snack from the above approved snack list.” Kids could nosh on raw vegetables without dips or sauces, fresh fruit, crackers, pretzels, and popcorn – but no ribs...
  • Michelle O’s L.A. school lunch menu: potato-chive waffles and a ‘black bean mountain’

    08/06/2013 4:04:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 76 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | August 5, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    LOS ANGELES – When Los Angeles school lunch bureaucrats realized their new menu of sushi and broccoli and beef with brown rice was roundly rejected by students last year, their attitude was try, try again. black bean mountainThis school year, they’ll be offering what they think are more tantalizing dishes such as taco salad and chicken and waffles. But the L.A. Daily News reports it will be potato and chive waffles with no sugar added, to stay in compliance with new federal lunch regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Students will also be dining on a “black bean mountain”...
  • Chuck Schumer Engineers USDA Greek Yogurt Subsidy

    07/31/2013 12:32:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | July 31, 2013 | Abby Wisse Schachter
    The New York senator helps land a sweetheart deal for a politically-connect yogurt company.Starting this month, the United States Department of Agriculture has announced that it will test out a new product in school lunches—high-protein, a.k.a. Greek-style yogurt—in four different states. Yet, what seems like an innocuous, even reasonable addition to the menu of foods offered to American public school students upon inspection turns out to be the latest example of corrupt nanny-statism masquerading as “for the kids” do-goodism.The USDA argues that Greek-style yogurt is better for kids because it has more protein. And given Michelle Obama’s new National School...
  • Federal Guidelines Hike Price Of Delaware Valley School Lunches

    07/25/2013 4:04:29 PM PDT · by RBW in PA · 7 replies
    Pike County Dispatch ^ | July 25, 2013 | Lisa Mickles
    WESTFALL — Delaware Valley School District will be making sweeping changes to their career vocational-technical department, curriculum and lunch program. At last Thursday’s Board of Education meeting the directors voted to increase lunch prices by 10 cents for elementary, middle and high school and 25 cents for adult lunches. The new prices will be $1.85 for elementary, $2.10 for middle and high school. Adult lunches will now be $3.25. This is due in part to new federal guidelines requiring public schools that receive federal funding for free and reduced lunches to serve more costly items such as whole grains and...
  • Students fill garbage cans with Michelle mandated foods

    07/21/2013 2:22:52 PM PDT · by usalady · 77 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 20,2013 | Martha
    School administrations continue to hang posters in cafeterias trying to convince students that what is being fed to them is "fun food" which is healthier for them than the foods they enjoy eating. Meanwhile schools are having to purchase more garbage cans to contain the Michelle mandated foods that kids are dumping, some preferring to go hungry rather than eat "required" foods. Students just throw away the food being forced on them by the US Government.
  • Citing ‘Hungry, Frustrated Children,’ Another District Drops Michelle Obama’s Lunch Menu

    07/11/2013 10:27:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/11/2013 | Kyle Olson
    If the goal of the federal school lunch overhaul is to improve outcomes for children, somebody should tell its chief cheerleader -- First Lady Michelle Obama -- that it’s actually backfiring. Officials in New York’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district have become the latest to opt out of the National School Lunch Program, citing “hungry, frustrated children plus lost income.” “[Food service manager Nicky] Boehm and her staff worked hard to implement the new regulations, but there were just too many problems and too many foods that students did not like and would not purchase. Students complained of being hungry...
  • First lady-backed school lunch regs cost school district $100,000

    07/09/2013 9:57:29 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    First lady-backed school lunch regs cost school district $100,000 Posted By Caroline May On 12:25 PM 07/09/2013 In Education | No Comments A New York school district is giving the boot to the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) and its new restrictive regulations mandating the number of calories and nutrients in each meal. The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district announced this month that after a school year struggling with the new guidelines under the Michelle Obama-backed Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act, the school will not be participating in the program this coming school year. “Students complained of being hungry...
  • Cost of Complying with Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Overhaul? $3.2 BILLION!

    07/09/2013 8:52:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    As schools continue to grapple with the school lunch menu overhaul pushed by First Lady Michelle Obama, some are realizing their headache isn’t just from a lack of food. The program involves way too much green -- and we’re not talking lettuce and brussel sprouts. We mean the estimated $3.2 billion schools will have to find to implement the new federal regulations. Many schools are also losing money due the unpopular Obama menu. “New school lunch regulations mean financial losses for Pittsfield Public Schools,” reported the Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts. The school district expects a program operating loss of more...
  • New school lunch regulations mean financial losses for Pittsfield Public Schools

    07/06/2013 4:31:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Berkshire Eagle (MA) ^ | July 5, 2013 | By Jim Therrien
    In a year of transition toward healthier school lunches, the Pittsfield Public Schools food service budget is headed for an operating loss of more than $100,000. The reason, other than the nearly $60,000 spent to replace the failing food warming line, relates to new federal nutrition guidelines that took effect, and to a state nutrition law that limits the types of snack foods and drinks that can be sold in public schools. "This [deficit] is in line with what is happening around the state". The number of meals served has fallen, and revenue from snacks is well below the level...
  • GOP congressmen continue to push back against new ‘healthy’ school meal plans

    04/15/2013 8:13:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 14, 2013 | Caroline May
    Republican Reps. Steve King of Iowa and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas continued their fight against the Agriculture Department’s recent public school meal regulation overhaul on Friday. The congressmen have argued that the new regulations imposed by the USDA, as required by the Michelle Obama-backed Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act, are overly restrictive for growing and active children, largely due to calorie caps on meals. “The voluminous menu that’s good enough for the federal bureaucrats’ cafeteria should be good enough for our children’s school lunchroom,” Huelskamp said in a statement Friday. “If USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack thinks the federal government...
  • Democrats Propose Bill To Expand School Lunches To Weekends And Holidays

    03/26/2013 7:49:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    American Glob ^ | March 25, 2013
    Why stop there? Maybe public schools should buy clothing for children, take them to the doctor and teach them to walk. Little by little, progressives are trying to remove the role of parents from the lives of children and this will continue unabated until Republicans are back in power at which point, liberals will once again decry the overreaching power of the state. The Hill reports… Dem bill would expand school lunch program to weekends, holidays Four House Democrats have proposed legislation that would expand school lunch programs to weekends and holidays. Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) proposed the bill, which...