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  • National School Lunch Program Embarrassment Continues

    04/13/2014 1:03:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 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 ^ | 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: 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Sixty-four Percent of Schoolchildren Fed on Federal Subsidies

    03/13/2013 8:42:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 3/13/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Not so long ago in this republic, most parents of school-age children would frequently visit grocery stores where they would use their own money to buy things like peanut butter and jelly, and bologna and cheese to make lunches for their kids to haul to school in brown paper bags. It was an American tradition. Now, like other great things about America, brown-bag lunches are being driven to extinction by politicians seeking inordinate government control over our lives. In fiscal year 1969 (which started in 1968), there were approximately 47,906,000 American children enrolled in elementary and high schools,
  • Record 18.7 Million Students in FY 2012 Got ‘Free’ Lunch

    03/12/2013 6:52:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 12, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    It is an old saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch, but a record 18.7 million American schoolchildren would not have learned that lesson when they attended school in fiscal year 2012. That is because U.S. taxpayers—via the U.S. Department of Agriculture—were picking up the tab for their lunch. According to new data from the USDA, during the average school month in fiscal year 2012, 18.7 million students in U.S. high schools and grammar schools were given completely free lunches, courtesy of the department’s National School Lunch Program. That was up from the record of 18.4...
  • Hoeven seeks permanent change to USDA school lunch regulation

    03/06/2013 3:43:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Dickinson Press ^ | March 6, 2013 | Helmut Schmidt
    WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is backing a bill that makes permanent a more relaxed set of U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition guidelines for students’ breakfasts and lunches in the nation’s schools. The Sensible School Lunch Act was recently introduced by Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark. The act fixes the latest rulings on meat and grain servings made in December by the Department of Agriculture. It will “make sure that schools are able to provide healthy, nutritious school lunches” and breakfasts, Hoeven said Tuesday. “But at the same time, that we have the common sense...
  • Healthier schools: Goodbye candy and greasy snacks

    02/02/2013 2:20:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 5:24 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Goodbye candy bars and sugary cookies. Hello baked chips and diet sodas. The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful, a change that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus. Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed Friday, school vending machines would start selling water, lower-calorie sports drinks, diet sodas and baked chips instead. Lunchrooms that now sell fatty “ŕ la carte” items like mozzarella sticks and nachos would have to switch to healthier pizzas, low-fat...
  • New rules aim to get rid of junk foods in schools

    02/02/2013 6:29:43 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2013 3:15 AM (ET) | By MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Most candy, high-calorie drinks and greasy meals could soon be on a food blacklist in the nation's schools. For the first time, the government is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful. Under the new rules the Agriculture Department proposed Friday, foods like fatty chips, snack cakes, nachos and mozzarella sticks would be taken out of lunch lines and vending machines. In their place would be foods like baked chips, trail mix, diet sodas, lower-calorie sports drinks and low-fat hamburgers.
  • Senator Hoeven Convinces Feds To Withdraw Calorie Limits From School Lunches

    12/09/2012 4:48:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies ^ | December 8, 2012 | Rob Port
    I’m pretty critical of Senator John Hoeven at times, but he deserves credit for going to bat against federal overreach on school lunches. New federal guidelines that, among others things, limited calories in school lunches rankled parents and school administrators across the nation. It was a one-size-fits-all policy for a nation full of students who have very different nutritional needs.Now, thanks to the work of Senator Hoeven (who teamed up with Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor), the calorie restriction is no more, though just for the 2012-2013 school year. So it’s a temporary reprieve, for now. From a press release sent...
  • Obama Relents: Puts the Meat Back in "Lunch Meat"

    12/09/2012 7:32:55 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 16 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-9-2012 | MOTUS
    I see that Ag Secretary Tommy and his Vilsacks were forced to walk back their recent schoolyard food police “guidelines.” I’m referring of course to the USDA’s dictates restricting the amount of fat, salt, sugar, meat and grains in public school lunch programs. Under the new program some of the kids were so hungry that the schools evidently had to add breakfast and after school mini-dinner programs as well. So clearly this was not a cost cutting measure, butt simply a well intentioned “we know better than you what to feed your kids” edict (sponsored by the SEIU, now representing...
  • Healthy school food praised - in concept

    11/04/2012 5:47:04 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 3, 2012 | by Joanna Lin
    In a taste test of new lunch items last year in the Long Beach Unified School District, the fiesta salad received a nearly 73 percent approval rating. One student even declared that the dish of pinto beans, cilantro, corn, tomatoes and cayenne pepper was "better than McDonald's." Yet the salad was a flop when the district put it on the menu this year. A recent statewide survey shows that although students overwhelmingly support the new nutrition standards, most are tossing the foods they don't like. About 40 percent of students say they eat school lunches in their entirety. But what...
  • Chef Broke The Law By Cooking Healthy Food

    10/23/2012 9:06:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 23, 2012 | Jon Rappoport
    Annika Eriksson, a long-time Swedish chef revered for her school lunches, has been squelched. Has she made errors? Are her meals contaminated? Has the quality of her ingredients slipped? No, none of the above. The trouble stems purely from the fact that her meals are too good. Yes, you read that right. She’s exceeding expectations. She bakes fresh bread every day. She offers 15 different vegetables at lunchtime. She knows it pleases the students to have choices. This is her crime because, you see, other schools don’t have the same benefits in the Falun district in Sweden. (This is called...
  • "Occupy" The School Cafeteria

    10/23/2012 10:28:39 AM PDT · by Kassandra · 12 replies
    True Capitalism ^ | 10.23.12 | Kassandra Kuehl
    School lunches are now the hot topic as lunch trays are a bit lighter and calories are being limited. The so-called “nanny-state” has spread across America and into our schools as First Lady Michelle Obama, despite not being a nutritionist, has decided she knows what's best for our children’s diets. This is part of her “Let’s Move” campaign, and it resulted in the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” which was passed into law by the lame duck, Democrat-controlled Congress in December 2010.[1] Now the frustrations that played out in the Occupy movement have moved into the hallways of our schools as...
  • New Food Guidelines Have West Hartford, [CT] Food Services In A Pickle

    10/10/2012 4:44:56 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | October 9, 2012 | JULIE STAGIS
    WEST HARTFORD —— The beef is there, but where's the pickle? That's the question students at Hall High School have been asking on hamburger day in the cafeteria since the food services department made menu changes to meet new school lunch rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Students are "outraged over the removal of pickles and salt from the cafeteria at Hall to meet nutrition guidelines," student representative Kendall Teare told the school board last week.
  • GOP sees food fight as kids trash USDA fruit, vegetable guidelines

    10/20/2012 4:46:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Republicans say new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines aimed at forcing students to eat fruits and vegetables are a failure because students across the country are simply tossing the healthy fare into the trash. "[T]here remains great concern with the amount of food waste generated at school cafeterias, much of it brought on by requiring students to take fruits and vegetables rather than simply offer them," Reps. John Kline (R-Minn.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) told USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in a letter sent Thursday. "This is a waste of federal, state and local funds and...
  • Food fight in the school lunchroom

    10/14/2012 7:15:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | October 14, 2012 | by: MARIA ELENA BACA and HERON MARQUEZ
    They may be good for you, but some students are having a tough time swallowing the new, healthier school lunches. Across the United States, students are protesting new federal guidelines that have school lunches packing more fruits and vegetables, fewer carbohydrates and less meat. About 120 students at Jordan Middle School boycotted the lunch program to show their distaste, as did students in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Michigan. "The federal government is trying to solve a problem that every kid doesn't have," said Jacob Taxdahl, an eighth-grade football player at Jordan Middle School who started the three-day boycott via a...
  • Students boycotting school lunches (Moochelle not mentioned)

    10/06/2012 7:04:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/06/12
    Students boycotting school lunchesPublished: Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Many U.S. high school students are protesting new, healthier school lunches, and a professor says it may take a while for students to accept healthier food. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required public schools to follow new nutritional guidelines this academic year, providing fruits and vegetables and limiting fat, sodium, and calories, The New York Times reported Friday. "Before, there was no taste and no flavor," said Malik Barrows, a senior at Automotive High School in Brooklyn. "Now there's no taste, no...
  • Some parents decry new Carroll schools' palm scanner (Scan For Lunch)

    10/05/2012 6:34:40 PM PDT · by RobertClark · 47 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 10/2/12 | Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
    Instead of paying for their lunches with crumpled dollar bills and loose change, students in Carroll County schools are having their palms scanned in a new check-out system — raising concerns from some parents that their children's privacy is being violated. The county is one of the first localities in Maryland to use the PalmSecure system, in which children from kindergarten to 12th grade place their hands above an infrared scanner. It identifies unique palm and vein patterns, and converts the image into an encrypted numeric algorithm that records a sale.
  • Lake County considers 'trash-cams' at school cafeterias

    10/03/2012 3:09:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 67 replies
    WKMG ^ | 10/2/2012 | Kristin Giannas
    Lake County School Board officials are considering attaching cameras to school cafeteria trash cans to study what students are tossing after officials found that most of the vegetables on the school menu end up in the trash can. New federal laws require students to take a healthy produce at lunchtime, but last year in Lake County, students tossed $75,000 worth of produce in the garbage. "It's a big issue, and it's very hard to get our hands around it," said School Board member Todd Howard, who suggested "trash-cams." "They have to take (the vegetable), and then it ends up in...
  • Gov't Urges Parents to Use School Lunches As a Model for Family Dinner (Mooch-approved)

    10/02/2012 7:47:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 2, 2012 | Susan Jones
    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...
  • Schools try to keep kids from tossing out fruit, veggies

    10/01/2012 7:04:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 30, 2012 | Erica Rodriguez
    <p>At Triangle Elementary School in Mount Dora, students shuffle through the lunch lines loading their plates with pears, plums, pizza slices and fruit slushies.</p> <p>At the lunch tables, many devour the cheese-and-mushroom pizza, guzzle their milk but leave whole pears, ripened plums and the slushies destined for the garbage.</p>
  • When Michelle Obama Starts Starving the Kids

    09/26/2012 5:56:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The New American ^ | September 26, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    Unprecedented school-lunch regulations have just gone into effect, and they suggest a new answer to the question “Where’s the beef?”: not on students’ plates— or on their bones. The regulations are a result of Michelle Obama’s “Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act,” which was passed by the lame-duck, Democrat-controlled Congress in December 2010. And the result has been wasted food, endangered health, and hungrier kids. The problem is that, in typical nanny-state style, the regulations not only prescribe foods many children find unpalatable, they also apply unrealistic calorie restrictions on students: “650 calories for elementary-schoolers, 700 for middle-schoolers and 850...
  • Nation’s children push back against Michelle Obama-backed school lunch regs

    09/23/2012 7:12:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 174 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 22, 2012 | Caroline May
    Children and parents across the country are fed up with the restrictive new school meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which has long been touted by first lady Michelle Obama. The standards — which cap meal calories at 650 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, at 700 calories for middle school students and 850 for high school students — also dictate the number of breads, proteins, vegetables and fruits children are allowed per meal. A spokeswoman for Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who earlier this month introduced legislation to...
  • High school students boycott school cafeteria over new lunch restrictions

    09/18/2012 11:11:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 85 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 18, 2012
    ...For the first time, school lunches must have age-aligned calorie maximums, capping the amount of calories high school students eat to around 850 calories. The new restrictions all come from the updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and are funded by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 – legislation promoted by Michelle Obama. While the changes may seem like a step in a healthier direction, not all students are finding them so tasty. On Monday, about 70 percent of the 830 students at Mukwonago High School in Wisconsin who typically buy their lunch boycotted...