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Gov't Urges Parents to Use School Lunches As a Model for Family Dinner (Mooch-approved)
CNS News ^ | October 2, 2012 | Susan Jones

Posted on 10/02/2012 7:47:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

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 working to incorporate foods that are being served at school into family meals as much as possible."

A recent video produced by high school students in Kansas mocked the healthy school lunches, showing young athletes fainting from starvation. "We are hungry," they lip-synched, as one by one they topple over.

The USDA blog appears to be a response to that satire:

"We know it is important that students get the calories and nutrition they need to stay alert and energized through the day, and schools are doing a number of things to make sure this happens," wrote Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA's deputy under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services. Schools can "allow kids a certain amount of flexibility to choose only the foods they intend to eat," the blog said. "We refer to this as “offer vs. serve” (OVS). OVS allows students to decline one or two of the food items offered in a school lunch. Schools can decide how to implement OVS, including which grades and how many items can be declined."

As CNSNews.com previously reported, the public school system in Fairfax County, Va., requires students to select a serving of fruit or vegetables for the reduced school-lunch price to apply.

The U.S.D.A.'s Thornton noted that "while some of the new school meals are different," most schools still serve "old favorites" -- although the chicken nuggets are now baked instead of fried, and and pizza slices come with lower-fat cheese and more vegetable toppings.

"Still, we don’t want students to make a habit of skipping unfamiliar fruits and veggies and other new healthy items," she said.

In addition to parental involvement, the USDA is encouraging schools to offer taste tests in which students provide "feedback" on meals to food service staff.


TOPICS: Education; Food; Government; Health/Medicine; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: eatyourpeas; fascism; food; health; michelleobama; nannystate; nutrition; obama; schoollunch

1 posted on 10/02/2012 7:48:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Full-out indoctrinating children. That they’re unashamed about it should be quite telling.


2 posted on 10/02/2012 7:51:39 PM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Buzz off nanny state. I cook way better, tastier, healthier, and more appealing - that wookie or any school I know of outside a culinary school.


3 posted on 10/02/2012 7:54:53 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will we end up with a butt as big as Michelle?


4 posted on 10/02/2012 7:56:45 PM PDT by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You mean the ones that leave the kids still hungry after lunch? Thats a great idea.


5 posted on 10/02/2012 8:00:43 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Really? Have they actually LOOKED at what kind of crap passes for lunch at schools these days?


6 posted on 10/02/2012 8:00:43 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My kids take their own lunch. When they are forced to buy a government meal.........hell HATH no fury like a red-headed, conservative mom!

Hen.....meet junebug.


7 posted on 10/02/2012 8:06:01 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” - - - concerns that students are throwing away the healthy food on their cafeteria trays - - - “

1.) How many food dollars do the students throw away?

2.) How many taxpayers dollars are spent in a year for the total School Lunch Program.


8 posted on 10/02/2012 8:07:44 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Where did you get that poster?


9 posted on 10/02/2012 8:11:06 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That Wide Load Beard of Obama’s may be able to make kids eat what they feed them at school, but she doesn’t rule my home.

I like 1-2-3, Meat ,Taters and a, veggie.

I was raised on it and I raised mine on it.

She can bite me.


10 posted on 10/02/2012 8:15:05 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“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 working to incorporate foods that are being served at school into family meals as much as possible.”

There is a scene in the Clint Eastwood movie “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” where Josey Wales forces the patent medicine salesman at gunpoint to drink his own medicine. That’s what we need right now. Force these bureaucrats and politicians to eat their own F’n recommendations.


11 posted on 10/02/2012 8:16:04 PM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: Army Air Corps

Don’t remember, been using it for quite some time. Just Google 2ndDivisionVet and Michelle and select “images” and you’ll see it.


12 posted on 10/02/2012 8:17:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Drudge has a link to a story about a Florida school district that’s considering putting cams on the cafeteria trash cans because they’re finding that most of the vegetables on the school menu are being tossed by the kids. So what is the next step? Suspending them because they don’t want to eat the green beans? Or ordering them to eat vegetables in detention? It wouldn’t surprise me.


13 posted on 10/02/2012 8:19:33 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th; Army Air Corps

Take a look at the comments at the link.


14 posted on 10/02/2012 8:22:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Two words: SHOVE IT!

I’m encouraging my daughter to sell snack food at school.

Black marketing skills will come in handy soon.


15 posted on 10/02/2012 8:24:18 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Food lines are arond the corner if these tyrants don’t get their walking papers!


16 posted on 10/02/2012 8:29:30 PM PDT by MtnClimber (I did not vote for Zero. Someone else did that.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tried, but I can’t get the comment section to load.


17 posted on 10/02/2012 8:29:47 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

Stay out of my life, I don’t need anyone to tell me what my children should be eating. Sounds like socialism to me.


18 posted on 10/02/2012 8:32:35 PM PDT by onthegulf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And Mooch encourages kids to eat at the level of developing nations....criminy who has their teen ager eating less than 1000 calories at lunch????


19 posted on 10/02/2012 8:32:39 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: airborne

now now don’t you know it is not nice to talk about our president that way


20 posted on 10/02/2012 8:34:06 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, maybe the caf at the Senate and House could serve the same food to our legislators in Washington instead of US Senate Navy Bean Soup? And nothing else.


21 posted on 10/02/2012 8:37:03 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL...when parents won’t even make kids do homework, so the schools are dropping it, who but the clueless bureaucrat in the USDA, who wrote this directive, thinks families will be previewing the lunch room menus?


22 posted on 10/02/2012 8:44:45 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Now where am I going to find mystery meat in a public market?

Now I have to go hire a couple of scientists to create some soylent green. Pffft

23 posted on 10/02/2012 8:45:38 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Fill your kids with cabbage and beans, then send them off to school.
Let's let them know how we really feel.
24 posted on 10/02/2012 9:37:12 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just want to tell the Wookie that I will agree to her diet right away.
You know; the lobster drowned in butter, the Kobi beef in a 4 pound serving, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.


25 posted on 10/02/2012 9:56:32 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
"I’m encouraging my daughter to sell snack food at school. Black marketing skills will come in handy soon.

Black markets tend to thrive under communist governments, don't they?
26 posted on 10/03/2012 12:39:22 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: MtnClimber

Or rather a revolt is around the corner.


27 posted on 10/03/2012 4:06:51 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: clearcarbon

Yes they do!


28 posted on 10/03/2012 4:47:21 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Meanwhile:


29 posted on 10/03/2012 6:21:36 AM PDT by massmike (The choice is clear in November: Romney or Caligula!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was finally able to access the comments from my desktop computer. Thanks for alerting me to them. They were pretty funny, and absolutely right on the money.


30 posted on 10/03/2012 10:20:15 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; ..

Yes, that poster pretty much says it all, 2ndDivisionVet.

Nanny State PING!


31 posted on 10/04/2012 10:38:17 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Graewoulf; All

The link below is for ONE SCHOOL in Wisconsin where 58% of the kids have subsidized lunches:

http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local/on_assignment/school-lunch-waste-costing-taxpayers

Do a search on your state and you will find tons of waste related to these force-fed lunches and what it’s costing the taxpayers of your state.

The program, nation-wide, has cost us $11.1 BILLION FOR ONE YEAR!

Wouldn’t making old people into Soylent Green be more efficient and profitable? *SNORT*

Speaking of which - WHO is getting the ‘kickbacks’ for this forced program? Follow the money, as always!


32 posted on 10/04/2012 11:23:43 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These people cannot be evicted from the White House soon enough. November seems like a million years away, and then January.......arrrgh.


33 posted on 10/04/2012 11:46:40 AM PDT by 383rr (Those who choose security over liberty deserve neither; GUN CONTROL= SLAVERY)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Thanks for the hotlink.

From that article I pulled this nugget: “ - - - “Education is a key component to getting the kids to realize why they’re eating the fruits and vegetables,” said Baier. - - - “

Does this sound like THE BIG BAD GOVERNMENT trying to regulate and control all of the poor, stupid, helpless zombie-kids?

When do the Zombie-Parents step up and take responsibility for feeding their own zombie-kids?

Schools have been lunch restaurants long enough for this conclusion to be made: Education is the role of schools, NOT being a supplier of food!

End the dual mandate for schools!

Leave the feeding of children to their parents!

BTW, if children grow up and graduate from schools that do not have a “free lunch,” just imagine how that will affect them as adults to not expect “free lunches” from THE BIG BAD GOVERNMENT.


34 posted on 10/04/2012 1:03:50 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Graewoulf

Exactly! Make them dependent upon Mother Government as early as possible, then make it Generational! How the Masses fail to SEE this, is beyond me. Well, not really. 50+ years of ‘Dumbing Down the Electorate’ has brought us to this.

Democrats are evil, self-serving b@stards. There. I said it. Out loud and everything. ;)


35 posted on 10/04/2012 7:22:30 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


36 posted on 10/04/2012 8:01:58 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

What you said! (Blush!)


37 posted on 10/04/2012 8:50:30 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: 383rr

It’s hard for the statist to control what adults eat. They have to start by indoctrinating the young children.


38 posted on 10/04/2012 8:59:07 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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