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  • Leaked school letter ignites junk food row (W. Australia - don't tell Moochelle)

    11/23/2014 11:39:01 AM PST · by RightGeek · 18 replies
    The West Australian (via Yahoo) ^ | 11/20/2014 | Natalie Brown
    In a letter addressed to parents which was leaked to the media today, it was suggested children would have junk food, including lollies, chocolates and potato chips, confiscated if they were brought to school. “These foods will not be returned to the student until the end of the school day. If your child has chosen to make inappropriate food choices for their lunch they will not be provided with an alternative,” the letter read. The letter was followed by claims made to 6PR radio that students had already been told their bags could be searched for junk food. But, acting...
  • USDA reports show fewer students buying school lunch [Down 1 Million !]

    10/29/2014 7:32:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    WSB Atlanta ^ | Posted: 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 | By Kyla Campbell - Cox Washington and Patrick Terpstra - Cox Washington
    It was just a week ago when an Oklahoma teen’s picture of her school lunch went viral on social media. It turns out that student is not alone in grumbling about school lunches, an investigation by the Washington Bureau discovered. Since new federal nutrition standards began rolling out in 2012, fewer students are buying school lunches, even though enrollment is going up. The Cox Washington Bureau reviewed U.S. Department of Agriculture documents and found thousands fewer students bought meals when stricter standards kicked in. The rules, championed by first lady Michelle Obama and approved by congress, require more fruits, vegetables,...
  • Student’s photo of skimpy Michelle O school lunch sparks outrage (Moochelle Obama lunch)

    10/16/2014 10:26:05 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 144 replies
    Eagnews ^ | 10/16/14 | Kyle Olson
    CHICKASHA, Okla. – Lunch meat, a couple of crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower qualified as lunch in Chickasha Public Schools Monday. Chickasha lunchStudent Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of the skimpy lunch and showed it to her parents. “It makes me want to take that and take it to the Superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch,” the girl tells Fox 25. “I can go pay a dollar for a Lunchable and get more food in it,” her father, Vince Holton, says. [Snip] The new lunch complies with lunch regulations championed by...
  • Ham slices, two crackers, cheese and two cauliflower pieces the paltry Michelle Obama school lunch

    10/17/2014 6:17:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2014 | Jill Reilly
    A student has provoked complaints by parents after taking a photo of her paltry school meal of lunch meat, a couple crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower. Kaytlin Shelton, 17, who is eight months pregnant, took a photo of the $3 meal at a Chickasha school on Monday and showed it to her father who said it was not satisfactory. Her father Vince Holton said: 'I can go pay a dollar for a lunchabe and get more food in it. Schools are responsible for children while they're at school.'
  • Yuck: 83% of nation´s schools report more lunches dumped by kids

    10/13/2014 5:39:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner | 10/13/14 | Paul Bedard
    As school children continue to protest Michelle Obama’s push for healthier lunches by dumping their full trays into garbage bins, the nation’s school boards are joining in to demand that the Obama administration let them off the hook of serving the costly and tasteless meals. Armed with a national poll for National School Lunch Week, the National School Boards Association on Monday demanded that Washington address the “onerous requirements for federal school meal programs
  • Students, stomachs grumble over Michelle O’s menu

    10/08/2014 10:10:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | 10-08-2014 | Kyle Olson
    BURLEY, Idaho – Burley High School has seen a 25 percent decrease in participation since changes to the National School Lunch Program went into effect. Michelle Obama hand on student 337x244Those students now “bring sack lunches, dash off campus for fast food or skip the meal altogether,” according to the Times-News. “It was not edible. It was a greasy little hot pocket,” parent Steve Wells says. “When we were little, everything at school was homemade.” The school lunch “doesn’t taste as good,” student Ana Inzunza tells the paper. “It’s missing flavor and tastes plain.” “There are a lot of challenges,”...
  • School divisions not jumping at expanded free lunch program

    10/05/2014 5:28:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | October 5, 2014 | By ZACHARY REID
    A new federal program that makes free breakfast and lunch available to all students, no questions asked, has been slow to catch on in Virginia. Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe has made wide acceptance of the program — known as the Community Eligibility Provision from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — a key component in her push to expand access to healthful foods to hungry Virginians. “There are 300,000 food-insecure children in Virginia, a number nobody can be comfortable with,” she said. “As a mom, to think about a hungry baby, school child, teenager, it’s very, very painful. … Food...
  • ‘Don’t be mad': Michelle O defends lunch rules in classroom broadcast

    09/28/2014 6:16:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 9/27/14 | Kyle Olson
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – First Lady Michelle Obama took to the airwaves Friday in a Channel One interview beamed into thousands of school classrooms to an estimated 5 million students across America. The-First-Lady-on-Lunch-262x175The Hill reports: First lady Michelle Obama said it was “natural” that kids are “grumbling” over new requirements for schools to fill vending machines and lunch lines with healthier food, but that it would not deter her from improving child nutrition. According to a transcript provided on the Channel One website, Obama said, “I know kids are grumbling because they have to make changes. Trust me, my kids roll...
  • California R-I School Board considers lunch menus

    09/24/2014 2:01:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The California Democrat ^ | September 24, 2014 | By David Wilson
    The topics discussed by California R-I School Board at the Wednesday, Sept. 17, meeting included school lunch menus, the recent power surge/failure, sports participation and possible half-time entertainment The lunch menus were high on the list because of some recent social media comments and a few phone calls to school board members. Superintendent Dwight Sanders commented that the school cooks are doing their best to prepare meals which fall within the guidelines. An example given was if a cheese sauce is served with spaghetti, the guidelines will not allow a serving of bread, since that would be a second grain...
  • Director of Michelle O’s lunch program lobbies students in Illinois

    09/23/2014 11:36:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | 9/23/14 | Kyle Olson
    PALATINE, IL – The Feds are so desperate to make their school lunch overhaul work, they’re going cafeteria to cafeteria to lobby students.USDA bureaucrat Audrey Rowe has that task and news cameras captured her attempting to persuade students that her idea of a good lunch should be their idea of a good lunch, too.Rowe, head of the “Healthy Lunch Initiative” and sidekick to First Lady Michelle Obama during the lobbying and passage of 2010’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, made an appearance at Palatine High School to serve lunches, with an extra helping of “enthusiasm,” according to Fox 32.But the latter didn’t...
  • Missouri, Alabama schools drop Michelle O’s lunch program

    09/17/2014 9:06:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | Victor Skinner
    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – New federal school food regulations promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama are becoming a massive headache for many schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. And many, like Missouri’s Notre Dame Regional and Saxony Lutheran high schools, are taking matters into their own hands. Those schools and numerous others across the country are ditching the federal regulations and the funding that comes with them to save their cafeteria programs, which have experienced a nose-dive in sales and skyrocketing waste since the new rules were implemented in 2012. At Notre Dame, school officials turned to...
  • Meat-Free School Lunches Draw Ire of State Official

    09/09/2014 4:12:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | September 9, 2014
    Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is raising objections to a school district pilot program that encourages kids to eat meatless lunches once a week. The pilot program at the Drippings Springs School District offers meat-free lunch options every Monday to students in its three elementary schools. Students can still eat meaty meals on Mondays, but must bring their lunches from home. Among the food items offered to students this Monday were a black-bean burrito, vegetarian chili with cornbread, baby carrots and sliced peaches. On past Mondays, students could choose cheese sandwiches, cheese ravioli, spinach salad and vegetarian soups. John Crowley,...
  • More districts skipping meat on Mondays

    09/09/2014 4:08:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 9, 2014 | by Jill Tucker
    Mondays have become meat free in hundreds of school cafeterias across the Bay Area, a move praised by animal rights activists and environmentalists and condemned by the livestock industry for pushing politics into the lunch line. South San Francisco Unified joined the Meatless Monday movement this year, joining Oakland, West Contra Costa and several other districts that have adopted the campaign within the last few years. District officials say it's all about improving student nutrition and drawing attention to alternative sources of protein.
  • See Why This Kentucky School District Just Told Michelle Obama To Take Her Lunch Plan And Shove It

    08/14/2014 2:54:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 8/12/14 | B. Christopher Agee
    The promise of a significant influx of federal money was not enough to convince officials in one Kentucky school district to stick with the school lunch program endorsed by Michelle Obama. According to a Cincinnati Enquirer report, Fort Thomas Independent Schools will no longer be confined by the strict mandates set forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that went into effect earlier this year. Despite the fact that the district would receive hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to implement the regulations, administrators cite the fact that kids are not eating the resulting meals as their reason for dropping...
  • Ex-admirals, generals to defend Michelle Obama’s school lunch laws

    08/12/2014 3:28:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 12, 2014 | by Cheryl K. Chumley
    First lady Michelle Obama’s lunch room mandates for schools around the nation have now received a bit of a public relations boost from retired admirals and generals who say: They’re not a bad idea. Mission:Readiness — a consortium of about 500 retired and former members of the military who held high-ranking posts — is poised to “storm the Hill” when Congress comes back from break in hopes of persuading lawmakers to keep the first lady’s lunch room standards in operation, Politico reported. “We’re not going to retreat our way out of the problem,” said Lt. Gen. Normal Seip, who served...
  • Some schools may serve all students free breakfast and lunch

    07/26/2014 8:28:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    KY3-TV News ^ | July 24, 2014 | by Linda Russell
    HUMANSVILLE, Mo. - If you've ever tried to concentrate on an empty stomach, you know how much of a relief a new federal school lunch program may be for some families. In some low income areas, every student may be able to eat free breakfast and lunch. In Humansville, about 90% of the kids that go through the lunch line are already on free or reduced lunches. But the Community Eligibility Provision may now allow all Humansville students to get free breakfast and lunch. For many in the small town, it's likely a challenge to cover the grocery bill. "A...
  • Research Suggests Students Adjusting to New School Lunches

    07/23/2014 6:48:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | By KJ DELL'ANTONIA
    The updated standards released by the United States Department of Agriculture, which most schools put in effect over the 2012-13 school year, meant larger, faster changes to lunches nearly across the board. With the changes came news media reports of student complaints and food waste. A USA Today article in September 2012 described protests and boycotts from Kansas to Massachusetts. Those objections to the phase-in of the new standards are supported by the findings of two recent studies. Researchers asked school administrators and food-service providers whether students complained “at first” about the new lunches. Many did (56 percent of elementary...
  • New York to offer free lunch to all middle-school students

    07/14/2014 4:09:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Mineral Wells Index (TX) ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Henry Goldman
    New York's $75 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that began last week includes the first step toward offering free lunch for all 1.1 million students, expanding a program now reserved only for the city's poorest children. Starting in September, the city will spend an additional $6.25 million a year so that all 177,000 students in the sixth through eighth grades will qualify for free breakfast and lunch. By expanding the program, advocates seek to eliminate the shame and embarrassment that keep many children who qualify for the free lunches from receiving them.
  • School Officials Try Healthier Cafeteria Options

    07/14/2014 3:53:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 14, 2014 | By PHILIP MARCELO
    Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates — without turning off sometimes-finicky students. "I have my work cut out for me," said Sara Gasiorowski, who was among the roughly 6,500 people attending a conference for school nutrition professionals at the convention center. This fall, new requirements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will alter the makeup of school meals, calling for less sodium and more fruits and vegetables. Grain-based foods such as...
  • Hillary Called Obama ‘a Joke’ at Lunch With Pals: Book

    06/27/2014 1:28:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/27/14
    Hillary Rodham Clinton called President Obama “incompetent and feckless” and charged that he had “no hand on the tiller half the time,” during a boozy reunion with college pals, a new book claims. The scathing attacks came as the wine was flowing at a May 2013 dinner at Le Jardin Du Roi, a cozy French bistro near the Clinton family home in Westchester,
  • Michelle Obama Says She'll 'Fight Until the Bitter End' for Healthier School Lunch Standards

    06/12/2014 1:59:31 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 38 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | June 12, 2014 19:45 GMT | Darlene Superville, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama has turned her annual spring garden harvest into a plea for keeping healthier school lunch standards in place. Students who help plant the garden regularly return for the harvest. But on Thursday a few school nutrition directors also attended. A House bill due to be voted on soon would allow some schools to opt out of new standards that require more whole grains, fruits and vegetables in school lunches. The White House has threatened to veto the bill.
  • LA schools to launch new summer lunch program

    06/06/2014 3:19:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | June 6, 2014
    The Los Angeles Unified School District wants to disprove the old saying that there's no free lunch. The district on Thursday said it will serve free lunches through summer to children and the disabled at 317 school campuses along with 105 parks and recreation centers. District Director of Food Services David Binkle says he expects the program to dish out 4.5 million meals.
  • USDA chief blasts GOP attack on school lunch menus

    05/21/2014 3:08:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Lochhead
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack fired back Wednesday at Republican-led efforts to weaken nutrition guidelines in the federal school lunch program that were championed by first lady Michelle Obama and enacted in 2010 when Democrats ruled the House. Headlining the Organic Trade Association’s annual conference in Washington, Vilsack labeled as “outrageous” the GOP policy rider in the agriculture appropriations bill, and he urged the organic industry to fight back. The rider would let schools facing financial hardships in the lunch program opt out of the rules. School lunch administrators and some big food manufacturers oppose the nutrition requirements as too rigid...
  • Winner gets lunch with Karl Rove (Fly to DC for Lunch With Me!)

    05/16/2014 3:29:00 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 18 replies
    Roanoke Free Press ^ | Friday, May 16, 2014 | By Valerie Garner
    Friend, The deadline to enter your name to win a lunch with me at the NRSC is almost here. We wanted to make sure you had heard about this opportunity before it was too late! The NRSC has graciously offered to fly one supporter to Washington for lunch with me. They’ll take care of your flight and where you stay. I'm looking forward to this opportunity. It’s always a treat to talk to another Republican, especially an active supporter like you. Enter your name with a donation of just $5 or more to the NRSC. Looking forward to hearing from...
  • New requirements for school food start in fall

    05/15/2014 12:00:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Cassville-Democrat (MO) ^ | May 14, 2014 | By Kayla Monahan
    New school food requirements are going into effect next year, attempting to make school meals healthier. The changes will affect four major areas. First, The Smart Snacks program requires that all sides must be served with something healthy. Second, the school will be required to meet the first target of reducing sodium. Third, all whole foods served must be whole-grain. This year, the requirements are half-and-half. Finally, breakfast must include fruit. This year, students are allowed to choose to refuse two items at lunch if they do not want it, and one at breakfast. New requirements say that they have...
  • Angry students snap photos of lunches, tell Michelle Obama: ‘You call this a [expletive] lunch?’

    04/07/2014 4:35:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 99 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    Students from around the nation have been taking to Twitter and other social media sites to post snapshot photos of their meager lunches — in some cases, a sad-looking sandwich with a carton of milk — and say to the first lady: Thanks a lot, Michelle Obama, for the rations. One wrote, next to a picture of a hot dog roll that seemed spread with tomato sauce and cheese, on a tray with three small cherry tomatoes and a carton of lower-fat milk: “You call this a [expletive] lunch? @BarackObama @MichelleObama,” The Blaze reported. And others were just as blunt...
  • Federal audit calls new school lunch rules a failure

    02/27/2014 8:21:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/27/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The federal government’s changes to school lunch menus have been disastrous, causing problems for cafeterias trying to comply with the rules and leaving the menu so expensive or unpalatable that more than 1 million students have stopped buying lunch, according to a government audit released Thursday. One school district told federal investigators that it had to add unhealthy pudding and potato chips to its menu to meet the government’s minimum calorie requirements. Other school districts removed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from their elementary school menus. Five of the eight school districts surveyed by the Government Accountability Office, the official...
  • Failure to lunch: Biden cash-strapped during stop (Slow Joe comes up short)

    11/22/2013 9:37:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/22/13 | S.A. Miller
    The vice president went to pick up sandwiches Thursday for himself and President Obama but didn’t have enough money to pay the bill. Luckily, the veep doesn’t travel alone — he called on an aide, who reached into his pocket for a 10-spot so that Biden and his boss wouldn’t go hungry.
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich is Racist, Says Portland School Official

    11/21/2013 11:11:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 129 replies
    http://www.thecollegefix.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | by Nathan Harden - Fix Editor
    Did you know that eating or even talking about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could be considered racist? That’s right. Apparently, it’s because people in some cultures don’t eat sandwich bread. Verenice Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School in Portland explained in and interview with the Portland Tribune: “Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year,” the Tribune said. “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez asked. “Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything...
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance Lunch

    11/20/2013 8:04:43 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 17 replies
    11-20-13
    "Transgender Day of Remembrance Lunch Join us as and discuss the challenges that the transgendered community faces in the workplace and society. Lunch is provided. This event is brought to you by the [comapanys named] PRIDE Network. Join now."
  • Mom fined $10 for lack of grains in kids' lunch

    11/19/2013 3:14:47 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 26 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | NOVEMBER 18, 2013 | KRISTEN ANNABLE
    WINNIPEG -- After sending her children to daycare with a lunch of roast beef, carrots and potatoes, Kristen Bartkiw was fed a $10 fine. The reason: An unbalanced meal. Despite the presence of a meat, vegetable, fruits and juice, the meal was missing a grain. The solution was to give the Rossburn, Man., school teacher a $10 fine and give her children Ritz Crackers as a supplement. "I don't blame the daycare," said Bartkiw, who was actually on the board of The Little Cub's Den when they decided to start fining parents. According to Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care...
  • Her child has to have DOCTORS NOTE to send a packed lunch to school.

    10/26/2013 9:28:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Momdot.com ^ | 10/ | staff
    What the wha??? Blogged By trisha haas 374 Comments I cannot tell you how hyped up I am at this note my friend Linda received today from her child’s school.Her child has to have DOCTORS NOTE to send a packed lunch to school.And does anyone notice the irony in the “health coordinator” and enforcement of no bagged lunches?(pic used w/ permission from linda) 
  • Clarke schools opt out of new all-free school lunch program (GA)

    07/25/2013 8:33:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Online Athens ^ | July 25, 2013 | by Lee Shearer
    Clarke County public schools will take a pass on a new free-lunch-for-all federal program, at least for now. Under the “Healthy, Hunger-free Kids” act of 2010, school districts with high levels of students who qualify for free or reduced lunchroom prices can opt to offer free lunches to all students this year. The Clarke County School District easily qualifies. Since 2003, the percent of pupils in Clarke schools who qualify for free or reduced lunch has jumped from 64 percent in 2003 to 82 percent as of 2013. If Clarke entered the all-free-lunch program, schools and parents would no longer...
  • Indiana school district loses $300K because students refuse to buy first lady’s healthy meals

    07/12/2013 4:43:54 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 38 replies
    “I’ve had a lot of complaints, especially with the little guys,” Linda Wireman, a food service director for North White School Corp., told JCOnline. “They get a three-quarters cup of vegetables, but if it’s something they don’t like, it goes down the garbage disposal. So there are a lot of complaints they’re going home hungry.”
  • A Mogul Comes to Lunch, and He Doesn’t Hold His Tongue

    05/30/2013 9:40:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    NYT ^ | 5/29/13 | JODI RUDOREN
    JERUSALEM — Sheldon G. Adelson is perhaps best known as a conservative casino mogul who spent tens of millions of dollars last year trying to defeat President Obama. But he is a larger-than-life lightning rod in Israel, too. He owns the largest-circulation newspaper here, a right-leaning tabloid which he calls “fair and balanced” but which some competitors denounce as speeding the decline of good journalism. He has sprinkled $200 million across the state’s hospitals, museums and universities. He is married to an Israeli, and close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Horror as Bear on a Bike EATS a Monkey at the End of Sick Circus Cycle Race

    05/08/2013 11:59:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    A monkey was mauled by a bear after a disturbing circus stunt went wrong. A video has emerged online of two monkeys and a black bear being forced to ride bicycles around a track in front of a large crowd. After two laps of the track, one of the monkeys crash and the bear then attacks it as it lies stuck under the bicycle.ok The gruesome video is believed to have been shot at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park, in China, which has hit the headlines in the past for its 'Wild Animal Olympics'. In the video, the audience can...
  • Obama Declines Lunch w/ GOP Senators 'cuz He Didn't Have His Royal Tester There!

    03/15/2013 2:15:51 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    NOT a joke... Yesterday Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) described an event she hosted: served at a working lunch with Obama on Capitol Hill, the menu came from her home state's University of Maine, inc. a recipe for healthy lobster salad/blueberry pie/etc that Collins pointed-out fit Moochelle's healthy food initiative guidelines- alas, Obama could only look 'longingly' at it, as he didn't have a 'taster' present.  She pointed-out directly to him that all present in the room were 'tasters', and if it was poisoned or something they'd have all already 'keeled over'... yet -after stating 'you have better food than the Democrats...
  • Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules

    02/01/2013 1:11:38 PM PST · by illiac · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/1/13 | Elise Viebeck
    The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks. The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for "competitive" foods not included in the official school meal. In practice, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions and candy with granola. Regular soda is out, though high-schoolers may have access to diet versions. "Although nutrition standards for foods sold at school alone may not be a determining factor in children's overall diets, they are critical to providing children with healthy food options throughout the entire school...
  • Obama gut-busting inauguration lunch menu tops 3,000 calories

    01/21/2013 12:04:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/21/2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The ceremonial lunch President Obama and his former congressional colleagues are eating Monday tops out at 3,000 calories, according to a website that has tallied up the luxurious menu of lobster, bison and apple pie. HealthyFoodRecipe.net posted the full menu, complete with its calorie count, and said it was “unsatisfactory” to see such an unhealthy spread, given first lady Michelle Obama’s push for healthier eating. She has come under fire for the high-calorie counts of some of the state dinners she’s hosted at the White House, but other nutritionists have given her a pass, saying indulging on special occasions is...
  • Senator Hoeven Convinces Feds To Withdraw Calorie Limits From School Lunches

    12/09/2012 4:48:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    SayAnythingBlog.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Rob Port
    I’m pretty critical of Senator John Hoeven at times, but he deserves credit for going to bat against federal overreach on school lunches. New federal guidelines that, among others things, limited calories in school lunches rankled parents and school administrators across the nation. It was a one-size-fits-all policy for a nation full of students who have very different nutritional needs.Now, thanks to the work of Senator Hoeven (who teamed up with Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor), the calorie restriction is no more, though just for the 2012-2013 school year. So it’s a temporary reprieve, for now. From a press release sent...
  • Five theories about Obama’s meeting with Romney

    11/29/2012 5:40:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Constitution Center ^ | November 29, 2012 | Scott Bomboy
    ... Obama is having Mitt Romney over for lunch on Thursday and their meeting is already generating a lot of buzz. Here are five theories about the White House’s motives.... 1. Obama is extending a common courtesy... 2. Obama will offer Romney a Cabinet job... 3. Obama will enlist Romney in the fiscal cliff debate... 4. Obama wants Romney’s advice on business issues... 5. Obama wants closure on the 2012 presidential election, or something else?....
  • 'Politico' Peddles Smear Of Dick Morris

    11/14/2012 5:27:00 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Politico is peddling a misleading liberal-media attack on Dick Morris. Item from Politico's "Morning Score" today [emphasis added]: "DICK MORRIS, who has not been taken seriously by serious people for a very long time, confessed on Fox News yesterday that he deliberately misled viewers: 'I think that there was a period of time when the Romney campaign was falling apart, people were not optimistic, nobody thought there was a chance of victory and I felt that it was my duty at that point to go out and say what I said.' There's just one problem. As Professor William Jacobson has...
  • No Appetite for Good-for-You School Lunches

    10/06/2012 5:15:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 5, 2012 | VIVIAN YEE
    ... The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which required public schools to follow new nutritional guidelines this academic year to receive extra federal lunch aid, has created a nationwide version of the age-old parental challenge: persuading children to eat what is good for them. Because the lunches must now include fruits and vegetables, those who clamor for more cheese-laden nachos may find string beans and a peach cup instead. Because of limits on fat and sodium, some of those who crave French fries get baked sweet-potato wedges. Because of calorie restrictions, meat and carbohydrate portions are smaller. Gone is...
  • Healthy school food praised - in concept

    11/04/2012 5:47:04 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 3, 2012 | by Joanna Lin
    In a taste test of new lunch items last year in the Long Beach Unified School District, the fiesta salad received a nearly 73 percent approval rating. One student even declared that the dish of pinto beans, cilantro, corn, tomatoes and cayenne pepper was "better than McDonald's." Yet the salad was a flop when the district put it on the menu this year. A recent statewide survey shows that although students overwhelmingly support the new nutrition standards, most are tossing the foods they don't like. About 40 percent of students say they eat school lunches in their entirety. But what...
  • Burlington school lunches graded 'D' in new study

    10/20/2012 6:48:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    By WCAX-TV News ^ | October 19, 2012
    BURLINGTON, VT - A new school lunch report card gives Burlington schools a D+ plus for failing to offer students enough vegetarian and vegan choices. Burlington is the only Vermont school district included in a nationwide sampling conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. In general the group says school lunches are getting healthier, in part due to new federal regulations. But the district loses points for only offering vegetarian entrees twice a week, offering no vegan entrees at all and also for not educating kids about the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
  • New School Meal Rules Trigger Protests, Boycotts ('We Are Hungry', Moochelle not mentioned)

    10/16/2012 2:30:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Ed Week ^ | 10/15/12 | Nirvi Shah
    New School Meal Rules Trigger Protests, BoycottsBy Nirvi Shah on October 15, 2012 9:32 AM **SNIP** Among the most popular protests is one from students at the very small Wallace County High in Sharon Springs, Kansas. Students created a parody of "We Are Young," by Fun. In "We Are Hungry," they bemoan the calorie limits set by the new regulations—a maximum of 850 calories for high school lunches. (Since first posting the song last month, the students have added a message acknowledging that they are excited about the opportunity to eat more fruits and vegetables, but insisting that the meals...
  • La Joya schools implement new controls for troubled free lunch program

    10/13/2012 6:43:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Monitor (TX) ^ | October 12, 2012 | By Andrew Kreighbaum
    La Joya school district officials have added new controls for the district’s free lunch program they say should help pass a state audit later this year. The district is in danger of losing federal funding for up to five years for the program after successive state reviews showed it was distributing an excessive number of free lunches. The Monitor reported in September the district is currently paying about $1.5 million out-of-pocket each month for its free breakfasts and lunches for low-income students. More than 90 percent of students at La Joya campuses rely on the program for free breakfasts and...
  • Students boycotting school lunches (Moochelle not mentioned)

    10/06/2012 7:04:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/06/12
    Students boycotting school lunchesPublished: Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Many U.S. high school students are protesting new, healthier school lunches, and a professor says it may take a while for students to accept healthier food. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required public schools to follow new nutritional guidelines this academic year, providing fruits and vegetables and limiting fat, sodium, and calories, The New York Times reported Friday. "Before, there was no taste and no flavor," said Malik Barrows, a senior at Automotive High School in Brooklyn. "Now there's no taste, no...
  • School May Install ‘Trash-Cams’ To Spy on Kids Tossing Veggies

    10/03/2012 10:09:57 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 10/3/12 | Todd Starnes
    A Florida school district is considering a plan to install surveillance cameras on cafeteria trash cans to monitor what kids are throwing away – after they discovered that students were tossing out their federally-mandated fruit and vegetables. The Lake County School Board said more than $75,000 worth of vegetables have been thrown in the garbage. The veggies and fresh fruit are party of the Obama administration’s policy to force schools to provide healthy produce in lunch rooms.
  • Congressman challenges USDA to follow own school lunch restrictions

    10/03/2012 12:41:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/03/2012 | Caroline May
    Kansas Republican Tim Huelskamp issued a challenge to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday: Adopt the same calorie restrictions and menu standards in the department’s cafeterias as the USDA now requires in the nation’s public schools. While students pick at their vegetables, USDA’s cafeteria menus are loaded with unhealthy options for government employees — from pesto chicken pizza to BLTs with cheddar cheese, Cuban pork paninis to Philly steak subs, cheeseburgers to French toast. (Snip) The Kansas Republican — who has introduced legislation with Iowa Republican