Skip to comments.LAUSD Students Roundly Reject Healthier School Lunch Menu
Posted on 01/20/2012 4:09:08 PM PST by BenLurkin
LOS ANGELES (CBS) The revamped school lunches at Los Angeles Unified School District have won awards, commending them for improving the menu at the second largest school district in the nation. Too bad the students dont agree.
Rejecting healthful alternatives like vegetarian curries and tamales, quinoa salads and pad Thai noodles, students are throwing them in the trash by the thousands, bringing junk food from home and buying instant noodles and other decidedly unhealthy fare from the black markets that have begun to thrive at campuses across the district, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The wholesale rejection to its healthy menu comes about a year after a very public food fight with TV chef Jamie Oliver. Oliver filmed a few weeks of his ABC series Jamie Olivers Food Revolution at one LAUSD campus, but the permit was terminated abruptly.
The series first season featured Oliver trying to revolutionize the eating habits and food policies of Huntington, W. Va.
The district said they welcomed Oliver, but not his cameras, in an effort to avoid gimmicks, like filling a school bus with 57 tons of white sand to represent the amount of sugar LAUSD students consume weekly in flavored milk.
The kerfluffle led to LAUSDs decision to change the menu in favor of healthier options. The district decided to do away with chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk.
Now, the Times reports cartons of plain milk are being thrown away en masse, unopened, along with uneaten entrees. Participation in the school lunch program has dropped by thousands of students, who are ditching lunch and are suffering from hunger-related ailments.
The complaints have been heard and LAUSD is planning changes to the menu, the Times reports. Burgers and (healthy) pizza are coming back, and dishes like quinoa salads and brown rice cutlets are out.
L.A. Unified serves 650,000 meals daily.
Moochelle’s people are in rebellion
Let them eat cake!
HAhahahhahahAHHahahahahahahh *gasp* HahahahhahHAHahahahhahahAH
I could have predicted this. I know when I think back to almost 30 years ago in high school, we’d have done the same thing.
“...vegetarian curries and tamales, quinoa salads...”
Bring back pizza day!!
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I wonder how many kids now bring their balogna sandwiches from home and how high the bidding gets??
Kids are suffering from hunger related illnesses?? That’s why they’re obese...right??
It’s free and they still complain.
Obviously the solution is to raise taxes and pour more money into the schools in order to pay the kids to eat this stuff.
IT’S FOR THE CHIIIIIILLLLLLDRENNNNNNN!!!!
Tamales?!? They’re great. Not very healthy but they’re great.
****Bring back pizza day!!****
I remember when Pizza was first served at our school back in 1963. Many of the kids would not eat it and the garbage was full of them. I thought they were good, the kids said they looked like puke as none had ever even seen a pizza before.
Our school always served good lunches.
Can't make this up!!
My daughters school serves what they define as “comfort food”. All the classics that kids love are served on a rotating basis. The school has explained that they are about the job of educating, and want the kids to eat, rather than avoid lunch. Kid friendly foods offer plenty of quality nutrients. Anything more advanced nutritionally should be given at home.
I really think government schools should be abolished.
Once again, the “eddicated” libs learn what we in flyover country have known since the beginning of time.
Yes, liberals are THAT dumb.
These kids should bring their lunch from home, just to make a point
I went to public, and look how I turned out *twitches uncontrollably*
As a result of my experiences, my daughter goes to private school :)
“brown rice cutlets”? Well, you cannot get more tasteless than that for God’s sake. No wonder they chucked that, hell I would chuck that.
“These kids should bring their lunch from home, just to make a point.”
Oh, goody, brown rice cutlets! Yummy! May I have seconds, Mrs. O?
“Our school always served good lunches.”
You have me by a few years, old timer, but I remember good lunches at my school as well during the late 60’s early 70’s. It was institutional food, but it was hot and prepared daily in the cafeteria kitchen. In the mornings you could smell the food cooking.
My first job was in the school cafeteria. I helped serve and earned a free lunch for my work. I’m a better man for the experience.
In my elementary school, the school lunch ladies were the BOMB!!!!
Mid mornings, you could smell their homemade yeast rolls baking. Lunch would be chili con carne (macaroni with a meat sauce and beans), a HUGE rectangular slab of pizza, hamsoyburgers (we didn’t care, they looked and tasted like hamburgers), french fries, peanut butter and PEACH jelly sandwiches, pork bbq sandwiches and cole slaw or sloppy joes.
Our school lunch ladies were the ones that the boys fantasized about!! Hair nets, support stockings and all!!!
***You have me by a few years, old timer, but I remember good lunches at my school as well during the late 60s early 70s.**
The only school I went to that had bad lunches was back in 1956, AZTEC NM. It seemed it was macaroni cheese thinned down and awful stuff every day. Kids, including me, were constantly throwing it back up. I talked my mom into letting me take my lunch to school for the rest of the year.
Just thirty miles west at Kirtland NM the lunches were great!
What are these and how would the school know ?
They should ship it to the white house and make them eat it.. then cancel the failed government program.
Those aren't your grandma's tamales...
They were a long time ago. Those aren't schools...
All enforced socialist programs do is make people dishonest.
There is a direct correlation between the amount of freedom in a society and the honesty of the populace, and their trust of the government.
Force people to “eat healthy”, and you won’t get a lot more health people. You’ll get a small amount of healthy people, and a much larger amount of dishonest unhealthy eaters.
The nanny state is good for (libs) untill it affects them!..
I wouldn't eat either of those myself, and I certainly would't serve such miserable fare to guests.
Why in the world would one expect children to eat such unappetizing goop?
Those extra years "saved" by eating liberal rabbit food will be spent tied to a wheel-chair stationed in a hallway with Nurse Ratched giving you and the other old people a hard time.
Liberals think extra years earned by eating tofu are added to 'ski slope time'... they're NOT.
Eat and enjoy - life's short - liberals are nuts.
I believe that is nothing more than somebody's lie.
Just my opinion.