Nanny staters’ school lunch debacle, chapter 237

Dec. 10, 2012

By Chris Reed

This Associated Press story about student uprisings against federal school-lunch rules is one more reminder of how oblivious the statist left is about how people think. Of course kids want filling meals — not meals that Michelle Obama would adjudge as sufficient and character-building.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids’ meals.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September saying kids aren’t getting enough to eat.

School administrators also complained, saying set maximums on grains and meats are too limiting as they try to plan daily meals.

But nothing will top the L.A. Times story from November 2011 over the student revolt against the glop served by L.A. Unified:

“It’s lunchtime at Van Nuys High School and students stream into the cafeteria to check out the day’s fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District. But Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez don’t even bother to line up. Iraides said the school food previously made her throw up, and Mayra calls it ‘nasty, rotty stuff.’ So what do they eat? The juniors pull three bags of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and soda from their backpacks. ….

“For many students, L.A. Unified’s trailblazing introduction of healthful school lunches has been a flop. Earlier this year, the district got rid of chocolate and strawberry milk, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, nachos and other food high in fat, sugar and sodium. Instead, district chefs concocted such healthful alternatives as vegetarian curries and tamales, quinoa salads and pad Thai noodles. ….

“’It’s nasty, nasty,’ said Andre, a member of InnerCity Struggle, an East L.A. nonprofit working to improve school lunch access and quality. …. ‘Like dog food,’ said Christian Campus, 14, adding that he and his football teammates eat the lunches only to sustain them through practice.

Like dog food!

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  1. Hondo
    Hondo 10 December, 2012, 19:27

    Amerika voted to starve it’s kids.
    What a country.
    Hondo….

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  2. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 10 December, 2012, 20:35

    A perfect example of Nanny State government failing once again in its Utopian quest.

    Reasonably nutritious food is outlawed…..replaced with Michelle-approved food no one touches….which leads to kids eating MORE junk food than they otherwise would have.

    Democrats still a little fuzzy on that “Law of Unintended Consequences” thing, I see.

    How many more decades until they learn the lesson?

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  3. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 10 December, 2012, 20:40

    Ohh… don’t forget the Michelle food plan is far more expensive than the original.

    But it’s for the children!

    More expensive food, yet at the same time more waste.

    Happy rats, at least.

    Unless, of course, the food goes down the disposal. In which case the Flood Control District will sue the School District for the added organics in wastewater stream.

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  4. eyeamok
    eyeamok 11 December, 2012, 09:15

    Has anybody ever considered that maybe it should be the parents responsibility to FEED THEIR OWN CHILDREN, why should I pay for your child’s nutrition. That is your job. personally all these children with parents too lazy or too inept to properly care for them should have all their kids put into foster care.

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