Skip to comments.Nasty, Rotty Stuff' (LA School District Wasting Thousands of Healthy Food. Students Reject Them)
Posted on 12/22/2011 4:59:26 PM PST by SeekAndFind
"Nasty, Rotty Stuff"
That's the verdict from student Mayra Gutierrez on the new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District. And she's not alone, according to the L.A. Times.
"At Van Nuys High School," reports the paper, "complaints about the food were so widespread that Principal Judith Vanderbok wrote to [food services director Dennis] Barrett with the plea: 'Please help! Bring back better food!'"
Readers might wonder how, with all of the challenges in reading, writing and arithmetic, school administrators decided that reducing fat and sodium at the cafeteria was a top priority for L.A. schools. And it turns out that the city's decision to ban chocolate milk and chicken nuggets in favor of quinoa salads and pad Thai noodles has created a full-blown crisis.
"Many of the meals are being rejected en masse. Participation in the school lunch program has dropped by thousands of students," reports the Times. "Students are ditching lunch, and some say they're suffering from headaches, stomach pains and even anemia. At many campuses, an underground market for chips, candy, fast-food burgers and other taboo fare is thriving."
So the healthy food is so bad that kids are literally starving themselves rather than tucking into vegetarian curries, or else engaging in a black market. Apparently even an art teacher has been among those caught selling illicit candy, chips and instant noodles. Andre Jahchan, a high-school sophomore, tells the Times, "No matter how healthy it is, if it's not appetizing, people won't eat it."
No one is against healthy eating, and obesity is a growing youth problem, but L.A.'s education whizzes forgot the law of unintended health-food consequences. You can't make a child eat vegetables without a little dessert to wash it down.
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Trying to remember a movie with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas..Burt is let out of prison in his old age and ends up in a nursing home where he leads the inmates in a demand for...”REAL FOOD! REAL FOOD!”
If I am not mistaken, this has something to do with Michele Obama’s Anti-Obesity food program.
Maybe the Dept. of Education can have Eric the Bigot go to LA and threaten the kids. He should be able to use a little extortion there... no eaty good for you food, grades reduced.
Goes to show you that you can’t out-stupid a bureaucrat, they are just too well practiced!
***”Many of the meals are being rejected en masse. Participation in the school lunch program has dropped by thousands of students,”****
Do Like I did back in 1956. Bring your own from home. A couple of sandwiches, and a cookie or apple. Certainly better than the slop they served at ONE school I went to!
And four slices of bread with lunch meat won’t break the family budget.
I read a related article on this, and from the gist of it looks the program has three big problems:
1) It’s pretty obvious some of the dishes were just bad choices. Black bean burgers, for example, are one of the new offerings. Done properly, a spicy black bean patty is actually pretty tasty stuff. Kind of like a southwestern falafel. But even the best BBB on earth is not going to make you forget the juicy goodness of an actual hamburger. Reading the list, I can see where a lot of kids (teens are notoriously picky anyway) just wouldn’t go for many of the new offerings.
2) Preparation also seems to be a real problem. Most of the new foods were taste-tested at the L.A. school district’s central kitchen. Many selections got raves there. But some of those same dishes being served in the actual schools - like the pozole stew - are barely recognizable from the test kitchen offerings. I don’t know if it is a problem with the kitchen staff, or the school cutting corners with ingredients to keep food budget costs low, but in many cases the kids just aren’t getting the same thing as was advertised at the test kitchens.
3) Just speculation on this last point, but as another FReeper pointed out to me: some dishes just don’t hold up well under the heat lamps. Pad Thai, for example (sort of the Thai equivalent of Chow Mein, sort of), is out of this world done right. But it’s not a dish that lends itself to sitting around in a steamer tray for a couple of hours. A school cafeteria simply can’t do food “to order”, and I would suspect that in at least some instances a decently-prepared dish has gone to dreck because it sat around too long.
Well,allrighty then...guess the “large-posterior”ed one with the “big butt”’s program is a-perish the thought!!-colossal failure....COLOSSAL..like her butt.
AN organized boycott would be cool.
Public school is child abuse.
Are they still allowed to bring lunchboxes? I am sure those will be banned if this persists.
Yes it is and the sooner we as a society recognize that, the sooner we can be on the road to recovery
How to Create Black Markets.
Smells like Teen Drama. "I'm starving!! STARVING!!!" If you turn down free food because you are too finicky for anything but Hot Cheetos and cupcakes, you are more spoiled than one of those fluffy white cats with the pug faces. This is a temper tantrum and everyone here is buying it. I work at LAUSD and I have been eating these meals ever since they appeared a few weeks ago. They are quite good, and these kids are being brats.
And FReepers crowing about Free Markets better remember: these are mostly low-income Hispanic kids and about 25% of them are markedly overweight. Their parents have a variety of weird health problems that they tell me about, and whole families look like pre-diabetic poster children whose medical care you're paying for.
Let McDonals open a store in the school and give each moocher a $5.00 voucher every day.
You think the food sucks, wait till we get the ‘health care’.
My God man, there could be bombs or drugs in those lunchboxes!!!
If they don’t eat it, maybe they’ll lose some weight.
or worse, bibles or conservative literature!
Our local high school has a chik-fil-a and a subway and something else in there.... heh
Plus bringing your lunch is always an option, well maybe not in leftist enclaves like LA.
Publik skoolz should not exist, IMO
Same here. From 1955 to 1968, I always brought a brown bag lunch from home - bologna or peanut butter sandwichs and potato chips. I never ate the horrible cafeteria food, but often bought ice cream bars at school.
Supply and demand. The screwools supply crappy lunches and the students demand some thing else.
****Are they still allowed to bring lunchboxes? I am sure those will be banned if this persists.***
Already have been banned at our local school. Everyone must eat the government supplied slop. The more kids forced to eat, the more money the suppliers get from Uncle Sugar (you and me).
TOUGH GUYS That’s it!
Take the way they are flipping out over salt, something that is a required part of your diet and, except in a few cases, not harmful at all yet it must be restricted!
Well, you are eating more then you need!
You are eating more then you need!
Once again, so?
They have never been able to explain why they are against it for everybody but they are. It is tasty, it makes other foods tasty and it is necessary. Nutritious food must be revolting because they don't want people to enjoy eating.
I think that if salt was nasty they would be dumping it on everything and encouraging us to eat it.
and the parents simply bowed down like sheep?
Hey, dumb a**. Just because you like the BS they are serving doesn’t mean the kids are brats. I hated cafeteria food when I was in HS and never eat it, brought my lunch from home. The only brat I see on this thread is you.
Just like liberals, short term “fixes” that end up in long-term pain.
Rush announced the other day that the LA school District has back-tracked somewhat and is going to offer burgers and pizza everyday along with the crap that it is currently serving ...
Its a bitch slap to Michelle ...
Well, you probably don't have a reflection.
What it really suggests is that the entire premise for offering the food — that the kids can’t afford their own — has just been blown out of the water. They can afford the junk they want, and have just proven it.
I have a fine reflection and it shows a conservative, not a liberal repeating liberal BS talking points and lying about cafeteria food, which was barely edible before the Wookie put her 2 cents into the pot.
All you know is how mad you are.
You're so right. This society isn't even recognizable anymore. How the hell is it so many people go along with this EVIL?
Public schools are the main engine of the State’s war on human society, and it’s winning on all fronts.
Mad? Nope, disgusted with your idiotic statements about how the students are brats because they don’t like the BS the Bozo administration is forcing on to them is about the size of it.
Conservatives for junk food and diabetes here!
Most Americans don’t know how to cook. Everything is pre prepared garbage from the grocery store filled with hydrogynated fats, preservatives, and low quality ingredients.
This is slowly changing with the move to fresher ingredients, fewer additives, healthier fats, and better tasting meals.
View this video about French public school food to see the difference. They eat good food, and therefore, childhood obesity is low. That doesn’t mean this is some hippy watermelon (green outside red inside) propaganda. When America gets serious about eating better tasting and healthier meals, this is what we will demand from our public schools. Or better yet, give vouchers so that private schools can provide the services that responsible loving parents are searching for in vain. (or you can homeschool)
In the 60s we had a cafeteria with kitchen that made real food. Salisbury Steak, Fried Chicken, then a hot dog or burger thrown in once a week. No one brought their lunches. Now we make one every morning for our 16 year old. Sometimes she'll make her own.
Now, the kids who are complaining most likely don't have the kind of parents who urge them to try something new, or tell them to shut up and eat what's put in front of them (like I did). Instead, their parents give them the PopTarts and Cheetos because that culture tends to be quite indulgent to children. They're very nice folks, but most of the ones I see cave to their kids like wet tissue. Again: I know what I am talking about. I'm actually working right smack dab in the middle of it. You only know that if a liberal did it, it must be bad. It's a childish attitude.
You are an idiot,and a liberal troll, no excuse for you. Please don't respond to this comment because I won't answer.
I’m more than happy to have the last word: you haven’t tasted it. You don’t know.
And finally, some sensable shoes!