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Kids Flee the Lunch Line
The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 5 , 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 03/06/2014 10:20:21 AM PST by Hojczyk

The “morale” for cafeteria workers has also suffered under the new standards.

“Staff in one SFA noted that the increased amount of time and effort to prepare fruits and vegetables also led to morale issues when staff saw students throw the fruits and vegetables in the trash,” the GAO said.

Lunchroom costs are also going up due to the need for “new spoons and ladles to match the new portion size requirements.” Thirty-one percent of SFAs nationwide said they needed additional kitchen equipment to comply with the new lunch requirements last school year.

The law mandated that schools increase the price of school lunches, causing students to stop buying “because they felt they were being asked to pay more for less food.” Kids who pay full price for meals declined by 10 percent last school year, the lowest rate in over a decade.

Challenges with the school lunch program, which cost $11.6 billion in 2012, are expected to continue, as further regulations go into effect. The “first of three” sodium limits starts in 2014-2015, though “many of the foods available from manufacturers do not yet comply with these limits.”

School officials noted, “it will be very difficult” to serve food that is “palatable to students” under the sodium standards.

As for the other requirements, the GAO said students would get used to it.

“Although school lunch participation has declined, it is likely that participation will improve over time as students adjust to the lunch changes,” they said.

(Excerpt) Read more at freebeacon.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: education

1 posted on 03/06/2014 10:20:21 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

“new spoons and ladles to match the new portion size requirements”

Who got that government contract?


2 posted on 03/06/2014 10:24:52 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: Hojczyk

I’ve noticed the burger joints around schools doing a capacity business at lunch. There are so many students outside it seems unlikely their lunch rooms are occupied.


3 posted on 03/06/2014 10:25:27 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Hojczyk

“FEDERAL” standards for school lunchrooms. Why is the FedGov spending our federal tax dollars on this kind of stuff. It’s micromanagement that really needs to STOP.


4 posted on 03/06/2014 10:25:43 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: cuban leaf

Even more disgusting is WHO is behind it.


5 posted on 03/06/2014 10:29:11 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Hojczyk

I explained to my two boys that the school was starving them because the first lady wanted more food for herself.

My wife frowned, I just mentioned, the proof is in the pictures.


6 posted on 03/06/2014 10:29:31 AM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: dangerdoc

haha! thanks for sharing. :)


7 posted on 03/06/2014 10:33:12 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Hojczyk

“asked to pay more”

Yes, but some don’t pay anything. Another transfer of income scheme.


8 posted on 03/06/2014 10:35:15 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Hojczyk

My kids won’t eat it anymore. The blame the wookie too.


9 posted on 03/06/2014 10:36:48 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: Gen.Blather

Good time to buy a food truck and park it next to the nearest school at lunch time.


10 posted on 03/06/2014 10:37:59 AM PST by libstripper (Asv)
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To: Hojczyk
food police photo: The food Police have arrived! Another job created ? 407203_361272303891700_100000267997063_1341107_1434952687_n.jpg

Mandating students eat the Government lunch and forbidding them to bring outside food in 3...2...1...

11 posted on 03/06/2014 10:38:40 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Hojczyk; All

The ‘Lunch Ladies Union’ cannot be happy about this turn of events!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-80nj75cVc


12 posted on 03/06/2014 10:40:37 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Hojczyk

Local schools didn’t used to receive any federal dollars. See what the fed gov can do just contributing 10% to the local school system?


13 posted on 03/06/2014 10:42:57 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Hojczyk

None of this is important.

Haven’t you heard the First lady is planning another $400 million dollar vacation?

This time to China.

BTW - Have you noticed her well-toned arms?


14 posted on 03/06/2014 10:43:01 AM PST by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Hojczyk

Even “C” students who can’t pass a standardized test have figured out that “more money for smaller portions of crappier food” ain’t a good deal.


15 posted on 03/06/2014 10:45:35 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Hojczyk

This will not last. Expect to see The Chicago Way being replicated across the country, where brown bags from home are thrown away and the school forces the students to eat their officially recognized slop. That will be followed with trash monitors who will force the kids to eat the food, even if it makes them puke.

I call it “The Chicago Way” because they’re already doing it there. There is a district where bag lunches are verboten.


16 posted on 03/06/2014 10:45:40 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

There was an article in the local paper about the school systems students not eating and throwing away huge amounts of food. One of the cooks was interviewed and she said it broke her heart knowing that what she was being forced to cook and serve tasted awful with all of Moochelles rules and regs.

She went on to say I know how to cook good food, but with these rules my hands are tied.

The article went on to mention that the school districts garbage bill had increased quiet a bit with most of it being trashed, un-eaten food.

My youngest son said in the past they were allowed to pick what they wanted on their trays, no longer you are required to take everything. He says the kids pick through it and eat what is edible and trash the rest.


17 posted on 03/06/2014 10:49:05 AM PST by sarge83
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To: Hojczyk

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/chicago-school-bans-homemade-lunches-latest-national-food-20110411-092947-380.html


18 posted on 03/06/2014 10:49:38 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: sarge83

I have no doubt about that at all. I HATE waste of any kind. It’s just not in my nature to waste food, resources, money, time, etc.

Except on FR - I’ll ‘spend’ (not waste!) time on FR, LOL!


19 posted on 03/06/2014 10:52:16 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: stars & stripes forever
Some years back, my daughter was attending Washington State University (Wazzu). The University decided to go all "recycle" all the time, so they got "compostable" utensils and dishes for the cafeterias.

Well, the "compostable" utensils would break when you tried to use them. My daughter's favorite example of this was a friend of hers who broke his "compostable" knife trying to cut a pancake. The "compostable" bowls were a riot (they should use them for a game show). Any moisture (especially hot/warm) broke down the bowls rapidly. So you had to eat really fast or your lunch/supper would be all over the table. They used "cornstarch" in the making of these dishes; and, when my daughter told me that I just immediately burst out laughing. I use cornstarch when I cook, because it disolves so quickly in liquid with no lumps.

20 posted on 03/06/2014 11:08:20 AM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: dangerdoc
My wife frowned, I just mentioned, the proof is in the pictures.

Thou art brave.
21 posted on 03/06/2014 11:13:46 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: stars & stripes forever

Why would they need new anything? Does not compute.


22 posted on 03/06/2014 11:13:50 AM PST by MamaB
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To: Snickering Hound

Already happening on some schools. They are making kids pay for and eat the government meal if they find the student’s packed lunch is deficient by their standards.


23 posted on 03/06/2014 11:21:08 AM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: dangerdoc

LOL! that’s the line I will give to the grandkids:)


24 posted on 03/06/2014 12:24:00 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: Hojczyk

Parents in school districts should make the call on what’s served and what’s not served. Anyone sick of control freak democrats putting their noses in everything? Most of them don’t even have kids...


25 posted on 03/06/2014 12:40:13 PM PST by GOPJ ("Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), always currying favor with the press...."(nailed) - William Bigelow)
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To: Hojczyk

That big fat wookie is torturing millions of kids because she is so embarassed being a big fat wookie.


26 posted on 03/06/2014 1:23:23 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Hojczyk
I am not an admirer of the French, generally speaking, but I was in rural western France last year, and came across an elementary school which had posted the day's lunch menu on its gate: green salad, moules frites (steamed mussels with fried potatoes), and lemon soufflé.

I tried to imagine a typical American 3rd-grader being served a lunch like that. I also wondered what kind of wine they served.

27 posted on 03/06/2014 3:47:41 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("The power to tax is the power to destroy." -- Chief Justice John Marshall, 1819)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

A fine dry white Bordeaux would go best with steamed mussels.


28 posted on 03/06/2014 3:49:47 PM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: Hojczyk

Such arrogance.


29 posted on 03/06/2014 6:13:06 PM PST by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: Cyber Liberty

If I were still in school, I could see organizing a puke-in.

I would encourage protestors to aim for the trash monitors.


30 posted on 03/06/2014 6:39:13 PM PST by reformedliberal
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