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USDA Reports Show Fewer Students Buying School Lunch

 

 

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” It was just a week ago when an Oklahoma teen’s picture of her school lunch went viral on social media.
 
  It turns out that student is not alone in grumbling about school lunches, an investigation by the Washington Bureau discovered.
 
  Since new federal nutrition standards began rolling out in 2012, fewer students are buying school lunches, even though enrollment is going up.
 
  The Cox Washington Bureau reviewed U.S. Department of Agriculture documents and found thousands fewer students bought meals when stricter standards kicked in.
 
  The rules, championed by first lady Michelle Obama and approved by congress, require more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in lunches. Plus, the rules put limits on sodium, sugar, fat and calories.
 
  Nationwide, more than 1 million fewer students are taking advantage of school lunches each day, a drop of nearly four percent since 2012.”

 

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This Photo Of A Gross Michelle Obama School Lunch Has Sparked Widespread Outrage

 

 

 

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” An Oklahoma family is outraged over the portions their 17-year-old daughter is being served at lunchtime.

  Kaytlin Shelton took a photo at her high school in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Monday showing a lunch with meat, two sets of crackers, a slice of cheese, and two pieces of cauliflower. The school serves this every other week, Fox 25 reported.

  School Superintendent David Cash told Fox 25 the small portions are due to federal regulations to fight childhood obesity, and knows that some kids are going hungry in his schools.

You’ve got in some cases little kids that their only two meals are breakfast and lunch at school, and they’re getting… a grand total of 1100 calories. That’s not enough. “

 

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USDA: On Second Thought, Some Of Those School-Lunch Restrictions Weren’t Such A Good Idea

 

 

 

 

 

” 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 students started bringing their own lunches to school. The USDA soon implemented a temporary stay on the rules, and they just made the changes permanent — seeing as how the restrictions were never very well thought out in the first place. NPR explains:

Why? Because in some cases, schools had to limit healthy foods — such as sandwiches served on whole-grain bread or salads topped with grilled chicken — due to restrictions the U.S. Department of Agriculture set on the amount of grains and protein that could be served at meal-time. …

The USDA temporarily lifted the restrictions following many complaints. And, now, according to a new announced this week, the change will be made permanent.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahh , The Wisdom Of Youth

  ” GQ ruffled the feathers of Michelle Obama fans yesterday by naming the first lady to its list of “25 Least Influential People Alive,” but her influence looms large in the nation’s school cafeterias. Voters turned out in force to demand a second helping of Barack Obama, but Michelle’s signature effort, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, has left a lot of hungry kids hoping for a change back to larger lunches.”

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