Reduced cost or free lunches for kids from families who cannot afford it. Yeah, I know it can be abused. But this is one of those rare cases where I'll take the chance on someone scamming it if kids are otherwise going hungry.
Our school tried to get us to enroll in it this year. We politely declined. We can still afford to send the kid to school with a pretty decent lunch even if we qualfy on income.
But many can't so the kids would otherwise go hungry.
Untl now, that is.
With Michele O it seems that the kids are going hungry even with the National School Lunch Program. And even those kids who aren't and can afford to buy lunch.
That's some change.
Complaints Mount Against Michelle Obama’s New Lunch Menu
In Wisconsin, high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the skimpy new school lunch menu mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama.
The story we published earlier this week on that subject is unfortunately not unique. Students across the country are complaining about the new school lunch regulations.
Perhaps the real motive is to starve students into slimming down. Just ask students in Pierre, South Dakota who, too, are in an all-out revolt.
"I know a lot of my friends who are just drinking a jug of milk for their lunch. And they are not getting a proper meal," middle school student Samantha Gortmaker told Keloland.com.
Despite the fact that the new regulations have increased the cost of a lunch 20 to 25 cents per plate, it’s not pleasing students.
Some are throwing away their vegetables while others are adapting to the rules by becoming industrious. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, students have created a black market - for chocolate syrup. The kiddie capitalists are smuggling in bottles of it and selling it by the squeeze, according to SouthCoastToday.com.
Nancy Carvalho, director of food services for New Bedford Public Schools, was quoted as saying that hummus and black bean salads have been tough sells in elementary cafeterias. That means even smaller children are going through the day fighting hunger pains, which can never be considered a good thing.
One government official tried to put the blame on the students.
"One thing I think we need to keep in mind as kids say they're still hungry is that many children aren't used to eating fruits and vegetables at home, much less at school. So it's a change in what they are eating. If they are still hungry, it's that they are not eating all the food that's being offered," USDA Deputy Undersecretary Janey Thornton was quoted as saying.
Ms. Thornton just put her finger on the problem. The government is trying to impose a new diet that children are not accustomed to. It’s not reasonable to expect them to either eat what the government deems healthy or go hungry.
Many will opt to go hungry, and that’s the government’s fault.
Once upon a very long time ago my wife was a cafeteria worker at my kids' school.
Back then the Federal res had some silly provisions about the amount and types of protein that had to be on that tray. It lead to ridiculous things like putting a scoop of peanut butter and a slice of cheese on the tray with the rest of the lunch.
This was when a certain song was popular by Adam Sandler. I used to sing it to my wife often. I was black and blue for months from being WHAPPED!