Skip to comments.Indiana school district loses $300K because students refuse to buy first lady’s healthy meals
Posted on 07/11/2013 5:01:19 PM PDT by yoe
School officials in Carmel Clay, Ind., said they lost $300,000 last school year because students are rejecting the healthy menu changes brought on by First Lady Michelle Obamas federal lunch regulations....
[snip] Amy Anderson, the food service director for the school district, said the rules made her feel less like an educator and more like a food cop. The changes have even made her consider retiring early.
[snip] Theyre teaching our kids with this meal pattern that its OK to throw away, she told JCOnline. We did a waste study on three different schools, and there was a huge amount of waste. That was just with produce, fruit or vegetables or milk.
Other students dont eat the lunches at all, resulting in a $300,000 loss for the district.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
So much for trying to change the pattern Midwest meat and potatoe eaters.
wanna bet moochelle does not meddle in the school menu for Sidwell Friends?
wanna bet the Wgite House will never serve school lunch menu at a White House party?
wanna bet the obama tribe never ate canned green beans while jetting around the world on Air Force One?
Refuse to buy? I was under the impression that school meals were subsidized by you and I ...i.e. free to the students.
Well they are saving money on lost lettuce!
Carmel-Clay would be a very affluent area. Those kids would not be listening to Moochelle and her healthy crap meal agenda.
These are mostly wealthy kids and probably smarter than in most areas. LOL
Well, obviously Obama needs to issue an Executive Order requiring that these stubborn Hoosiers be required to purchase and eat the meals Michelle has deemed healthy.
Another reason for the separation of School and State!
Yeah, well............they seem to take money from everyone for anything.
Many schools are preventing the students from going home and bringing lunch bags.
BTW Moochele is no lady.................
I just thought I'd mention that.
there could be a mandate to force feed the kids, perhaps,
kinda like Gitmo
but with healthy foods.... like cardboard waffles and canned green beans
I’ll skip the whole concept of subsidizied meals but my daughter’s school changed to ‘healthy’ lunches and most were dumped. Then to add insult to injury, the kids buy chips and candy after school at the Walgreens. In Illinois the food stamp card covers this.
RESIST WE NOT MUNCH!!!
they eat veggies while she eats on our dime and her family too eat ribs, lobster and fry ups.
Not for all students. When she doesn't bring her lunch, my daughter pays for hers.
Most of the school lunches are not prepared by the school cafeteria staff. Most lunches are prepared and delivered by caterers under crony-capital friend/relative type sole source contracts. They are delivered in hot tubs or trays that can be microwaved at the site. Generally, the cafeteria staff only microwaves and serves the crap. The best bet for all school systems would be to drop the Dept of Ag school lunch program completely. For a few cents more they could cut the paperwork, sole source contracts and headaches and provide decent lunches that are actually eaten. Many schools are finally realizing this. Additionally, subsidized or free lunches should mandate proof of need or else you pay or supply your own lunch.
Even students who pay “full price” for the lunch are paying less than the meal costs. Technically, all lunches are subsidized.
Well - here where I live - they are introducing Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches for students who’s parents don’t pay for their lunch bill...they will eat - but it won’t be the regular lunch! The ones getting free lunch aren’t affected.
I pack my kids lunches. My youngest says he will never eat govt. food, lol.
And just like that school district, we live in a nicer school district where if that was to happen kids would just be running down to Sonic or the other places near the high school. We are still not involved in Michelle’s meddling ways. I hope we stay that way.
As a Midwestern boy who grew up less than 10 miles from that district; all I can say to the mooch; she can shove her broccoli where the sun don’t shine.
Good for Carmel clay!
This is from the Carmel High web site but it looks like it applies to the entire district. This is very much a upper class area.
Carmel Clay Schools participate in the USDA School Breakfast and School Lunch Programs and must meet the meal pattern requirements. A basic meal provides the following items:
1 breakfast entrée
1 serving of fruit or 100% juice
1 Low-fat milk
1 serving bread/bread alternate
1 Low-fat milk
1 serving of meat/meat alternate
1 serving of fruit
1 serving of vegetable
NUTRITIONAL SCHOOL LUNCHES
Breakfast is designed to supply approximately 1/4 of the vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fat needed daily by the body. Lunch is designed to supply approximately 1/3 of the same nutrients. The nutritional value of the meals is evaluated over a period of days rather than calculated on a single meal or food item. Children are required to take a fruit or vegetable as part of the meal. This is required by USDA as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
The sale of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV) is prohibited in the food service areas during the school meal periods per federal meal regulations.
Parents are welcome to join their child for school lunch. Lunch requests can be made to your cafeteria manager or schools front office staff. We discourage parents bringing in food other than a home packed lunch.
Exactly why McDonald’s quit selling salads and things like that. Nobody wanted them. Then that fat a** Moochele thinks she’s some sort of health guru and forces stuff she wouldn’t feed to her goat on kids that don’t want it.
But I thought the kids ate free meals at school in order to make it easier for the parent/guardian to sell their food stamps.
Feed is what food eats.
I love the new McDonald Burgers.
That’s what a high school math teacher friend said: “They throw it away.”
Kale for lunch at school...you’ve got to be kidding.
Another example of how socialism sucks.
My students eat at 1:15 in the afternoon, and they are given something like 4 chicken nugets,and fresh pepper strips, or cucumber slices.
It's not enough to fill a 7th grade student.
I would say about 1/2 my students pack their own lunches.
Be that as it may - I was just correcting the other poster’s misconception that all were free.
That she wants kids to eat more healthy foods, is wonderful.
That she goes about it by trying to force the healthy food down the kids’ throats (by means of government “regulations”) is indicative of the much larger problem in WashDC today.
The kids (and the rest of us!) are not (or not supposed to be) farm animals forced to eat what The Master says we must eat.
The kids at least have the good sense to say No.
I wonder about that....You have facts to back that up?
“but I don’t like beets. I’ve tried to like them ...’
Yeah, the Obamas might view Gitmo as a pilot project.
Maybe where you live, but no such thing happens where I live. So how dare you tell me what I do or do not know about where my child goes to school.
However, teachers are now required (not everywhere yet) to inspect home created meals and throw them out if they're unhealthy.
You're right about not every where - in fact it isn't even most places.
I personally have issues with gubmints healthy caloric intake and food pyramid.
I've never paid it a bloody bit of attention.
My kids are skinny and they eat all day long. They eat a lot of healthy fats, complex carbs, and large amounts of protein.
So? My household is no different. I''mm 5'10" and other than when I was pregnant have never weighed over 130# in my life. I actually still own and wear jeans I bought in high school, and I'll be attending my 35th class reunion in September.
We also eat real food; i.e., no processed prepared items. We make just about everything, including tortillas!
So do we, and we grow much of it as well. My daughter is 15 and she and her friends love to help in the garden and canning with me.
I'd be in jail if a teacher threw out my kids lunches!
So would I.
Full disclosure: I am a teacher.
So are all good parents.
My post was meant to add to the entire conversation thread. For whatever reason you have chosen to take it personally. Relax. Deep breaths. Save your anger for the lunch inspectors, because it is built into the program. Maybe if you’re lucky, your kids won’t be in school then. In fact, there was an uproar a few months ago about a North Carolina school throwing out a little girl’s home packed lunch. The school near Pittsburgh, were a relative teaches, has the same policy. The teachers hate it but it’s mandated. Just because it hasn’t happened to you personally does not mean that it doesn’t happen. Do you have beer or wine handy? Have one.
True, the customer base at McD’s didn’t want healthy. However, I like Uno’s and they are packed every day at lunch, with a line to wait. They serve healthy food for a chain restaurant and people do want it.
Michelle belongs in a landfill along with all that wasted food.
For the most part, the children of taxpayers still have to pay their own way. So, taxpayers get hit twice - they pay for their own kids and for everybody else’s. That is what “fair” means in lib land.
OMG, I knew what that clip was before clicking on it.
Literally throwing away large parts of school lunches has always been a first world problem in America. In my daughter’s high school, BEFORE any of these dietary changes were made... the only kids who ate the cafeteria lunch were getting free lunch. The food looks awful. I went to public school decades ago and remember the same thing, no one but the poor kids ate the food, so I don’t see how much has changed even with the healthier foods.
I for one, know that they could easily offer delicious and healthy foods instead of the over cooked glop that is traditional to school cafeterias. If the Admin rules have required a certain amount of fruit/vegetables I have a feeling the schools are meeting those requirements by dumping disgusting tasting canned vegetables in the food service trays.
Sorry, but I would rather my tax dollars went to subsidizing nutritious food... what this article is saying, is that the kids who have cars and can afford to buy food are not having to eat what they’re serving. It’s the poor kids who are going home hungry because they can’t stand the taste of the healthy choices.
It's the way of the Dems.
Nanny State PING!