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Nationís children push back against Michelle Obama-backed school lunch regs
The Daily Caller ^ | September 22, 2012 | Caroline May

Posted on 09/23/2012 7:12:18 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Children and parents across the country are fed up with the restrictive new school meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which has long been touted by first lady Michelle Obama.

The standards — which cap meal calories at 650 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, at 700 calories for middle school students and 850 for high school students — also dictate the number of breads, proteins, vegetables and fruits children are allowed per meal.

A spokeswoman for Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who earlier this month introduced legislation to roll back the new standards, told The Daily Caller that King’s office has heard more complaints about the issue during the past few weeks than any other.

“This year, we’ll be hungry by 2:00,” one student, Zach Eck, told KAKETV in Kansas. “We would eat our pencils at school if they had nutritional value.”

Iowa mom Robin Wissink told TheDC that she now provides her autistic daughter Molly, a junior in high school, with a bag lunch because her school’s new menu is so unappealing. Students at St. Mark’s in Colwich, Kan. have also been “brown bagging” their meals.

And some student-athletes in Wisconsin are arguing that the calorie caps hit them especially hard, given their intense workouts and scrimmages.

“A lot of us are starting to get hungry even before the practice begins,” Mukwonago High senior Nick Blohm told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Our metabolisms are all sped up.”

The new lunch standards have led to the removal of some old food favorites, including a particularly popular item at one school in upstate New York: chicken nuggets.

“Now they’re kind of forcing all the students to get the vegetables and fruit with their lunch, and they took out chicken nuggets this year, which I’m not too happy about,” Chris Cimino, a senior at Mohonasen High School in upstate New York, told the Associated Press, which gave the rules a “mixed grade.”

Students in the Plum Borough School District in Pennsylvania are protesting the new federal restrictions on Twitter.

“everyone.. if you agree school lunches are expensive and small, RT this. we can fight the school! tweet #BrownBagginIt,” @TornadoBoyTubbs tweeted, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Administrators have scrambled to find creative ways to make the new menus appealing. A school district in Lake County, Fla., for example, is planning to conduct a survey to determine how to make vegetables more appealing to children, who often throw them out.

“[The regulations do] limit the food that you can put on the plate,” Alden Caldwell, the director of food services at a Brookline, Mass. school, told Wicked Local. “In theory, it’s a good idea, but in practice we’re finding that there are issues with it.”

Despite the outrage, some parents believe the ongoing obesity epidemic justifies the tight calorie standards.

“I think it’s smart to be pre-emptive and proactive at getting more nutrition fed into the kids,” Amos Johnson, a parent with students in the Lee Summit, Missouri school system, told the Lee’s Summit Journal. “I see that more as a multi-beneficial supporter for health and academic performance. I think that’s the thing I would look at. You should be healthier, and if you’re nourishing the brain and getting the fuel right, academic outcomes should maintain or improve.”

When the legislation was signed into law in 2010, it received bipartisan support, including a big endorsement from Michelle Obama.

“As parents, we try to prepare decent meals, limit how much junk food our kids eat, and ensure they have a reasonably balanced diet,” the first lady said in a statement at the unveiling of the new standards in January. “And when we’re putting in all that effort the last thing we want is for our hard work to be undone each day in the school cafeteria. When we send our kids to school, we expect that they won’t be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we try to keep them from eating at home. We want the food they get at school to be the same kind of food we would serve at our own kitchen tables.”

Obama welcomed students back to school this year with a YouTube video explaining the importance of the new meal plans.

King and Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp introduced the “No Hungry Kids Act,” which would repeal the USDA rule that resulted in the new standards, last week.

“The goal of the school lunch program is supposed to be feeding children, not filling the trash cans with uneaten food,” Huelskamp said in a statement. “The USDA’s new school lunch guidelines are a perfect example of what is wrong with government: misguided inputs, tremendous waste, and unaccomplished goals. Thanks to the Nutrition Nannies at the USDA, America’s children are going hungry at school.”


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1 posted on 09/23/2012 7:12:24 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Do any of these nanny statists remember how much stuff they ate when they were teenagers?

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 09/23/2012 7:13:41 PM 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: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A local radio host volunteered at the cafeteria of his daughter’s school. Chris talked about working the salad bar. Repeatedly kids would walk up and ask for just the grated cheese.

My daughter feeds her children what they will eat. She encourages them to eat certain items but she is not a food nazi.


3 posted on 09/23/2012 7:16:35 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter has more relevant&quality executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
When 2nd graders are becoming the mob... perhaps your plan isn't working out like you thought it would...

/johnny

4 posted on 09/23/2012 7:17:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Look people. The government doesn’t care if 100% of us hate it, it’ll be a “mixed grade” and nothing will happen to change it back.


5 posted on 09/23/2012 7:17:54 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sorry, but I’ve seen the eating Moo does “on the road” WITH her kids, Goose and Gander stuff. Don’t tell US what to eat when you’re eating out all the time.


6 posted on 09/23/2012 7:17:58 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Nevertheless, children should be seen and not heard.

7 posted on 09/23/2012 7:21:16 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If my children were in elementary school, they would not be having their lunch bags examined, nor having their food or drink I packed tossed.

The lunches provided by schools are probably the worst nutrition-wise a child could eat. It’s all processed crap.


8 posted on 09/23/2012 7:22:51 PM PDT by nicmarlo (I'll Take the Mormon Over the MORON)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Having a kid that plays high school football, I know the school lunches don’t begin to cover the calories burned working out daily.


9 posted on 09/23/2012 7:23:10 PM PDT by peyton randolph (FUBO and his wookie beard)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I was underweight as a child because of severe asthma.

Does this idiot Michelle realize there are other kids that may have different dietary needs?


10 posted on 09/23/2012 7:23:57 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I hypothesize that there is, in fact, a rebound effect in which children who are deprived of the food they want to eat at school and are forced to eat nothing but “healthy” food then go home and overeat to make up for the feelings of deprivation they experienced at school.

It looks like a fairly easy hypothesis to test.


11 posted on 09/23/2012 7:26:56 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The standards — which cap meal calories at 650 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, at 700 calories for middle school students and 850 for high school students.

That's not going to work for the 6'7" 270 lb defensive end. He will take what he needs.

12 posted on 09/23/2012 7:28:24 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Take two Aspirin and call me in November - Obama for Hindmost.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

My kids are among the brown-bag rebel brigade. I have been packing more lunches this year than I can ever remember.


13 posted on 09/23/2012 7:34:24 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s going to be a hoot to see how New Yawkers respond to Little Mikey Bloomer’s and his Big Gulp Nazis’ ban on soft drinks.


14 posted on 09/23/2012 7:34:24 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Proud to be a 53 percenter American.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Recently we were invited to school to have lunch with our grandson. When we met up with him and ask what was for lunch, he told us all he would get was the milk because the rest of the food was “garbage”..(his words)..We decided to give the food a try....he was correct - it was garbage. We threw ours away, he drank his milk and I’m sure he is starving by the time he gets home.


15 posted on 09/23/2012 7:35:26 PM PDT by nsidetrk
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is a starvation diet..plain and simple.


16 posted on 09/23/2012 7:36:23 PM PDT by crz
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They interviewed a high school athlete who purchases school lunch the other day.

His meal is capped at 850 calories, but his chemistry teacher calculated that he burns about 3000 calories in school between class, weight-lifting, and football practice ...

He states that his energy level has gone way down since these new regulations have been put in place ...

Nice goin’, Michelle ...


17 posted on 09/23/2012 7:38:39 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Michelle's dictum, issued from her lobster breath:
--food vendors are 'wasting' MILLIONS because of this dictated menu reformulation
--students are THROWING away these new offerings
--nutrition is adversely affected
--schools ARE losing money (many self supported) as school lunches are WAY DOWN
--the purported 'free' breakfest/lunch programs are a sham as nutrition is not adequately provided
info provided by three districts consisting of 3 HS, 7 Middle schools, 16 elementary schools.
18 posted on 09/23/2012 7:43:47 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Lmo56

My six year old granddaughter,all 38 pounds of her,is starving when she gets home from school.


19 posted on 09/23/2012 7:46:23 PM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
This bill was passed in 2010 in a BI-PARTISAN vote????Who were the RINOs that voted for this??? Or are they lying again to pretend that both sides are to blame?
20 posted on 09/23/2012 7:46:45 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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