Skip to comments.White House to put up to 5,000 salad bars in schools
Posted on 11/19/2010 7:41:03 AM PST by traumer
First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to announce on Monday a major new initiative that would place up to 5,000 salad bars in public schools nationwide, despite uncertainties over how local health inspectors might treat those salad bars and USDA nutrition-tracking rules that could prove a major impediment.
Officials in the White House, led by chef Sam Kass, and at the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention, have been working to build a coalition representing the produce industry and Ann Cooper, director of nutrition services in Boulder, Colo. schools, who recently teamed with Whole Foods to raise $1.4 million from customers to establish a grant program that would place salad bars in qualifying schools.
Under the initiative expected to be announced on Monday in Florida, where First Lady Michelle Obama has taken her "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity, Cooper would manage applications for salad bars from the schools along with distribution of funds to purchase necessary equipment.
One potential obstacle to the program is the refusal of many school districts to install salad bars for food-safety reasons and because of cumbersome USDA rules governing the federally subsidized school lunch program that feeds some 31 million U.S. school children every day.
Cooper named three school districts she knows of -- Philadelphia, Austin, Tex., and Montgomery County, Md., -- that have already indicated they will not support salad bars. Concerns have been raised that elementary school children in particular might be prone to spread disease at salad bars because they are too short for the standard "sneeze guard" installed on most salad bars, or because they might use their hands instead of the serving utensils provided.
Cooper, who would not comment on the pending White House announcement, has dismissed those concerns, saying, "As far as Ive found out,
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The peanut thing drives me nuts. This is a direct result of liberal policies: free formula and peanut butter for baby mamas. I am a huge advocate of breast feeding through year one, and my son was not exposed to peanuts until he was two (so just recently). It’s so easy for these people to give the kid a PB&J sandwich instead of age appropriate food that their little bodies can actually handle.
Schools,whether they get government grants or not, are not going to go to the trouble of providing fresh, organic foods to children. It is too much trouble for them.
Pathetic. JFK boosted the Moon Program. Obama’s lovely bride forces salad bars into schools. How far we’ve fallen and how downright evil Democrats have become.
classic compare-contrast image...........or the beauties and a beast
“I’m of a mind that kids would all be better off to go back to brown bagging”
I make my kids lunches and I know for a fact that it is fresher, healthier and a lot tastier than anything they get at school. In Montgomery County, the same lunches provided to the schools are provided to the jail. I have sent in salads, homemade soups, sandwiches and homemade brownies or cookies. My kids have been told, “You are so lucky”. All it takes is some time and a bit of planning. No way my kid is going to eat the same junk given to prisoners. No way. Just a thought.
They're now easing her away from her odious "Let them eat cake" image into a perky "Let them eat salad" image.....and hoping for a more positive opinion of her.
Of course, we taxpayers will soon be eating beans and sawdust-enhanced hot dogs off of tin plates if this Addams Family continues to squat in the White House where they dine on broiled lobster and imported Kobe beef ($60 lb.).
Aren’t “salad bars” like a major source of food poisoning and food borne illness?
Yes, it feels like I know him! LOL
Where’s a picture of Mooch-ell’s rather large posterior to highlight the disgusting hypocrasy of her preaching to anyone about weight control. I just don’t understand how she gets away with this. And where in the Constitution is there anything about weight loss, eating salads, etc.? When will this madness stop!
Sometimes I made my boys lunch and occasionally I let them buy. I always felt better about what I made, because like you I actually MADE it. Of course, back then, we rarely ate fast food, so most of their intake was real food anyway. When they went to Catholic school there was no school lunch program so they had to bring a brown bag. It was a BIG DEAL if I bought something to put in their lunch like store bought cookies because they were on sale or I had a coupon that I couldn’t say no to. ;)
I did the same thing with my 5 children all the way up through high school. I think I could count on one hand the number of times they had bought a school lunch. In fact, I have a daughter that lives at home that teaches at an elementary school and I still make her lunch. (ok, maybe that's going too far, but she leaves really early in the morning and is usually rushing to get to school).
Anyway, like you said, the other kids were always jealous of my kids' lunches. It's surprising how creative you can be with different lunch items.
One time, a neighbor suggested I let my kids make their own lunches as she does since they know what they're in the mood for that day. I broached the subject with my kids and they just looked at me and laughed.
My favorite section of the Constitution is the salad bar “part.”
My favorite section of the Constitution is the salad bar, 3 gallons per flush, privacy, abortion, penumbra, certain light bulbs, takeover of GM and firing of its boss, Nobamacare, seat belts and head rests in cars, etc. . . . ad nauseum.
Another thing for students to trash.
“While clean salads are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber, salad bars are one of the most common sources of food poisoning....” — http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Food-Poisoning
Over/under on how many weeks before the first one?
I always go to the salad bar 10 minutes before the students do. I figure after that—the spit would be flying.
That was the first thing in my mind as well. School kids aren’t exactly health minded as well as liking to play pranks. Wait until the latest science project ends up in the salad ... or worse yet, what might end up in the Ranch dressing.
My 12 year old grandson has turned brown bagging into a business. Sells most of his lunch...which is why he’s so skinny...besides the fact that he runs cross country, plays lacrosse, football. Coach says in 2 years, he’ll be the school’s fastest runner.
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Salad Bars are a Gateway Drug to kids mainlining Blue Cheese Dressing! That’s how I started...
What idiotic idiots! How about JOBS and no more inflation rather than nanny stating our kids?
They have salads in schools.
“hydrogenated oil laden salad dressing on to”
Oil bin Laden?
“who recently teamed with Whole Foods...”
Follow the money
LOL. That’s the oil Bush went to war for.
When I was in high school 30 years ago, my (small) high school had a salad bar. It was very popular.
This isn't a bad thing.
The Whole Foods owner spoke out about obamacare a few months ago. Maybe teaming with Whole Foods is hush money for him. You know, keep your mouth shut and we’ll use your stores.
I was waiting for someone to bring this up. I would go eat lunch at my youngest's elementary school occasionally. The lunch ladies would automatically put an apple or some carrots on all the trays. Guess what ended up in the trash can, untouched? About 90% of the fresh fruit and veg, and even the milk, in most cases. The same kids who would ditch the good stuff would be back in line for ice cream bars later...
Guess more kids are gonna start bringing their lunches now.
What a joke.
If this were a Republican initiative, the press would be howling.
It just made me sick when I saw all the waste. And so many of these kids are the ones who are supposedly our *hungriest* Americans.
Meanwhile, White House occupants dine on kobe beef and other delicacies while Barack Obama chain-smokes and Michelle Obama's ass keeps getting bigger.
Another instance of leftist "do as I say, not as I do."
Of course, suggesting that healthy and tasty wild game be incorporated into school menus always gets one the evil eye from progressives. They're already pissed that people are hunting more to supplement store-bought foods in this depressed economy.
Yum,,,Grown in Sewer Sludge!!!...
Well, this might make them vomit if it showed-up in their salad ...
It’s so big even her pup-tent style dresses can’t conceal it! Ever wonder why women of all races with enormous butts are called “sista?”
I just stopped using salad bars, while at a restaurant, a man with 2 kids were being led to their booth and the 2 kids stopped at the salad bar and began grabbing the serving spoons and playing, and not to mention being too short, below the sneeze guard.
Does anyone think the kid will EAT the salad? I noticed that most school lunches, ESPECIALLY the “free” or “reduced price” lunches get TOSSED!! Ask any cafeteria monitor!!! Then they just spend their change on chips and junk (or their EBT card)
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