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Western Massachusetts students cope with new national standards for school lunches
The Republivan ^

Posted on 10/06/2012 2:19:52 PM PDT by matt04

Patrick Daggett, 17, is working on his crinkle-cut fries. They are in fact not fried, but baked. The salt has also been reduced.

Welcome to the new school lunch at West Springfield High School and schools across the nation – healthier, but not without controversy. “Bland,” said Daggett of his spuds.

This fall schools began a three-year process of phasing in new school lunch and breakfast regulations set by the federal government.

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is designed to get kids to eat more fruits, more vegetables, smaller portions, less salt, fewer calories.

“There are very specific requirements,” said Julie Dougal, food service director at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham. “They tell us how many green vegetables, orange vegetables, how many legumes.”

Most schools have long anticipated the changes. “We haven’t had soda in the schools for years,” said Matthew Hoagland, food services director at the South Hadley public schools.

“A lot of the manufacturers were already coming out with whole-grain items,” said food services director Joseph Lecuyer of the Agawam schools.

Reception has been mixed. For younger children, the transition is easier. For older students, it can be a problem.

Some of the complaints are of the can’t-tell-me-what-to-do variety, in line with the abuse heaped on New York Governor Michael Bloomberg for his proposal to ban sales of sugary sodas larger than 16 ounces.

Kids miss their desserts and nacho chips.

But some criticism is gaining support. Kieran Moriarty, 17, of West Springfield, has a problem with the smaller portions. He has “practice and games after school,” and the current portions are just not enough. “Last year we had 12-inch wraps,” he said. “This year they’re 10 inches.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: fedfoodguideline; fedfoodguidline; fedlunchguideline; hhfka; schoollunches
“They tell us how many green vegetables, orange vegetables, how many legumes.”

I'm so glad my school was not part of the national lunch program, even before Moochelle Obama got involved. They could serve what the students wanted, not what the government told them to.

1 posted on 10/06/2012 2:20:02 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

Michelle “the Beard” Obama

SHE will eat chili dogs & fries.


2 posted on 10/06/2012 2:25:18 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: matt04
No doubt these fine compliant nutritionally correct schools will have one serious benefit: after a year of serving up all those green and orange vegetables and legumes, they will have one helluva big compost heap out behind the cafeteria.
3 posted on 10/06/2012 2:26:01 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: stephenjohnbanker

“We Are Hungry” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IB7NDUSBOo

Hahahaha. Students parody “We Are Young” in a protest video against the new lunch program.


4 posted on 10/06/2012 2:32:10 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

That was good : )


5 posted on 10/06/2012 2:36:03 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: matt04

Low salt diets increase the likelyhood of heart disease. The study results were discussed here on FR a couple months back. “Salt, we hardly knew thee”, or something like that.

They’re setting these kids up for serious future problems.

The wise ones will bring their own salt.

The kind ones will share it with their friends.


6 posted on 10/06/2012 2:38:24 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: matt04
But the utes are practically taught from the womb to love Obummer and others of his commie ilk. Go figure.

Talk about it commin’ back to bite you in your arse....

7 posted on 10/06/2012 2:41:54 PM PDT by Condor 63
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To: matt04
My wife and I were at a High School football game this afternoon and she was talking to student and a mother about the new school lunch program and they all agreed there's not enough food. A mother said if Romney gets elected this can end but if Obama does there's 4 more years of this. Everybody nodded. And this is in a predominately democrat town.

Public school lunches may be the sleeper issue of the campaign.

8 posted on 10/06/2012 2:42:20 PM PDT by AU72
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To: matt04

Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

Notice how the communists (oops progressives) always pick a title that reflects the opposite of what really happens...Patient Affordable Healthcare Act, .....


9 posted on 10/06/2012 2:44:19 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: matt04

I love this video done by a Kansas school so I have to post it again if anyone missed it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IB7NDUSBOo

There needs to be a nationwide out cry about this travesty. Where are the Registered Dietitians, Pediatric Doctors and Nurses? I’m just a nurse that worked in a children’s hospital and I know this is insanity. Where is someone with an actual voice to call this administration out? I know it’s not me. I remember once long ago, like now, we had taxation without representation....


10 posted on 10/06/2012 2:57:24 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: matt04
My old stomping grounds...

They grew the football players big, many Poles and Italians...

Moochelle would have a heart attack, kids with cars went to the local Italian Grinder Shops and bought foot-longs with all the fatty meats.

Got to see one of the Football guys over 50 about 2 months ago, still a frickin mountain and ripped.

I am so looking forward to getting rid of her more than him.....

11 posted on 10/06/2012 3:17:34 PM PDT by taildragger (( Fubarward Obama 2012, think about it :-) ))
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To: matt04
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is designed to get kids to eat more fruits, more vegetables, smaller portions, less salt, fewer calories.

My BIL overnighted at a State campground out West. The next morning, a busload of kids arrived and stopped to have lunch next to them.

My BIL was left with 25 apples. :-/

12 posted on 10/06/2012 3:21:05 PM PDT by Does so (....... Justice Scalia just turned 78 .........==8-O ............Dims don't think ... they PLOT!)
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To: matt04

“Patrick Daggett, 17, is working on his crinkle-cut fries. They are in fact not fried, but baked. The salt has also been reduced.”

Baked french fries are teh suck. I’d rather eat plain boiled potatoes than a baked fry.

Boiled potatoes go great with hamburger and beans, btw. Just thought I’d share that little culinary nugget from my childhood. :-)


13 posted on 10/06/2012 3:37:25 PM PDT by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: matt04

Nobody’s asking the REAL question — why the hell are the schools providing lunches in the first place? Go eat whatever pleases you... the entire sector of the economy depends on junk food and their customers. The same argument I use to analyze tobacco and any drugs for that matter. It should be about CHOICE... if you decide to take in junk food (or cigs or drugs), it is your choice and hopefully the government will not waste tax payer money on you with its communist healthcare.

The government should stay the hell out of everything except killing terrorists.


14 posted on 10/06/2012 3:37:55 PM PDT by sagar
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To: pops88

Let it be. Let it fester. Nothing like intrusive expensive goverment to make people think.


15 posted on 10/06/2012 3:42:31 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: hinckley buzzard

What the welfare lunch crowd doent realize is that soon food stamps will be only able to purchase the same kinds of food tht are found in leftist lunchrooms.

You let the government feed you and you eat what the government gives you.


16 posted on 10/06/2012 3:44:52 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: DemforBush

I make great baked steak fries all the time. They are baking potatoes cut in eights, sprayed with olive oil and liberally drenched in lemon pepper. I’m sure the Michelle version is no oil and no lemon pepper.


17 posted on 10/06/2012 4:05:41 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: taildragger

They grew the football players big, many Poles and Italians...

Well, can’t have big football players, they all have look like metrosexuals. I suspect that part of the agenda is also to discourage participation in competitive sports.


18 posted on 10/06/2012 5:21:26 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

” Notice how the communists (oops progressives) always pick a title that reflects the opposite of what really happens...Patient Affordable Healthcare Act, ..... “

The Great Leap Forward.

BTW, Romney or someone should be running an ad telling what the GLF was, and how centrally commanded economic planning directly killed 40 million people, and end the commercial with Obama’s “Forward” logo, followed by a question mark.

It’s time to bell the cat, and label this Communist for what he is publicly.


19 posted on 10/06/2012 5:24:07 PM PDT by Humble Servant (Work for the most conservative one in the race, and keep up the pressure.)
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To: matt04

I think I need to offer a prayer in church tomorrow for all the children in America who go hungry because Michelle Obama won’t let them have enough to eat.

Damn Stalinist Bastards.


20 posted on 10/06/2012 5:29:43 PM PDT by Humble Servant (Work for the most conservative one in the race, and keep up the pressure.)
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To: matt04
 
 
The ration happy communistas stepped in it (again) and everyone knows how high up in the political chain this mess was handed down from - yet another potentially fatal overreach by the Obama gang. The gulag-style standard for calories isn't going to cut it, so hang in there kids one way or another this too shall pass.
 
 

21 posted on 10/06/2012 7:09:32 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: matt04

Bring lunch from home; problem solved.


22 posted on 10/08/2012 5:51:45 PM PDT by SuziQ
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