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  • Rand Paul to Michelle Obama: Look at me — I’m at Dunkin’ Donuts

    10/17/2014 8:14:06 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Sen. Rand Paul took a playful jab at Michelle Obama and her healthy eating initiatives that condemn all types of junk food, tweeting to her handle to let her know the location of his first New Hampshire stop — Dunkin’ Donuts. He wrote, to his nearly half a million followers: “Just arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire. First stop: @DunkinDonuts cc: @MichelleObama,” The Hill reported. He didn’t specify his menu choices — but the jab was obviously at Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” anti-obesity campaign. The first lady has fielded considerable fire from schools, parents and hungry students who say her cafeteria...
  • School trash cans aren't starving thanks to Michelle Obama

    10/15/2014 11:46:49 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-15-14 | The Looking Spoon
    From The Blaze... The National School Boards Association reported Monday that 83.7 percent of school districts around the country have seen an increase in wasted school lunch food since a 2010 law was passed mandating new nutrition rules. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was aimed at creating healthier school lunches, but... This has it all wrong. This is change we can believe in!Look, this was Obama's 2009 inaugural...Now, 5 years later, we have NO TRASH LEFT BEHIND! I'm tellin' ya...This. Is. A. Win!
  • Michelle Obama’s Lunch Rules Limit Children To One Ketchup Packet

    10/09/2014 6:36:42 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 124 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 12:35 PM 10/09/2014 | Patrick Howley
    First Lady and school nutrition advocate Michelle Obama’s stringent lunch guidelines are limiting children to just one ketchup packet per meal. A recent article profiled unhappy Idaho customers of the Obama administration’s revisions to the National School Lunch program, including a parent who called school lunches “not edible” and kids who have stopped eating lunch completely. “Kids can’t take two ketchup packets [for burgers] because that would set them over on calories,” said a Burley, Idaho “district food-service secretary.”
  • School Meal Costs Expected to Triple in Fiscal Year 2015

    10/05/2014 7:18:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 4, 2014 | William Bigelow
    Local school districts around the country are going to take a huge financial hit in fiscal year 2015 because the cost of the school lunches they offer is expected to triple. The combination of escalating costs because of harsher restrictions and the dwindling number of students enrolled in the program, which limits reimbursements from the federal government, are going to rigger the enormous rise in costs, according to the School Nutrition Association (SNA). SNA is comprised of 55,000 school nutrition professionals around the country. SNA CEO Patricia Montague said, "School nutrition professionals have led the way in promoting improved diets...
  • Thanks Michelle! Disgusted teens across the country pose alongside healthy food vending machines

    08/14/2014 10:55:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2014 | James Gordon
    * First Lady has introduced new rules that saw companies limited in what products they could advertise on signs, vending machines, cups and menu boards on school grounds * Food industry spent nearly $150 million in 2009 on marketing in schools, 93 percent was promoting drinks * Schools now require drink companies to promote their diet sodas or water on signs and scoreboards, rather than full-calorie options like Coca-Cola and Pepsi * Michelle Obama's Let's Move program is now in its fourth year Students returning back to school after the summer vacation are finding out what First Lady Michelle Obama's...
  • Parent-packed lunches often not healthy, study says

    08/12/2014 8:08:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 77 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | , August 12, 2014 | Leslie Postal
    <p>The lunches students bring from home are often filled with unhealthy packaged foods and sugary drinks and little that would win any nutrition awards, according to a new study by university researchers. Missing from those lunches, they said, were fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and, nearly 25 percent of the time, anything that resembled an entree.</p>
  • President Obama tells kids he 'loses his mind' over guacamole

    07/19/2014 5:06:57 PM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 18, 2014 | Rebecca Bratek
    President Obama made a culinary confession Friday: He “loses his mind” over chips and guacamole. The president made a brief, surprise visit to the East Room to address 54 children and their guardians, shortly after speaking to the press corps about the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine yesterday. “We are currently spending $10 billion a year on our school lunch programs,” she said. “So it’s not surprising that there are certain interests that are resisting change and trying to take us back to the old ways of doing business.
  • Mrs. Obama Declares War on Chick-fil-A

    07/15/2014 12:07:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 07/15/2014 | Todd Starnes
    The First Lady of these United States has declared war on Chick-fil-A. It seems the home of plump juicy breasts and hot buttered buns has run afoul of the new Smart Snacks in School program. The program is a component of Mrs. Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new government regulations require snack items served in public schools to have less than two hundred calories. That includes vending machines, lunch rooms and other campus food venues. And that’s really bad news for kids at South Carolina’s Socastee High School. They’ve just learned they will no longer be allowed...
  • School board president rips Michelle O over lunch program: She was ‘elected by no one’

    07/03/2014 2:22:30 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | 7-3-2014 | Kyle Olson
    July 3, 2014School board president rips Michelle O over lunch program: She was ‘elected by no one’ by Kyle Olson MUSKEGO, Wis. – There’s growing heartburn over federal school lunch regulations and now school board members are lashing out at First Lady Michelle Obama, the champion of the program overhaul.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:“We believe that proper food nutrition and meal portion guidelines are best decided at a local level,” said Rick Petfalski, School Board president for the Muskego-Norway School District.Opting out of the program means Muskego-Norway will no longer receive federal money for its meals, but it also means...
  • At School, Turning Good Food Into Perfectly Good Compost

    06/23/2014 5:32:11 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 22, 2014 | Al Baker
    One by one, the children at Public School 30 on Staten Island dumped their uneaten bananas into a bin in the back of their raucous cafeteria, each greenish-yellow missile landing with a thud. Thud. Thud. John Sullivan, 9, a fourth grader, said bananas “make my stomach hurt.” Julianna Delloso, 6, a first grader, said “they taste funny.” And Joseph Incardone, 7, also in first grade, was almost gleeful as he explained why he, too, had chucked his unpeeled banana. “I didn’t like it,” he said. The sad voyage of fruits and vegetables from lunch lady to landfill has frustrated parents,...
  • School lunches: Local 5-year-old cries when she has to eat school lunch

    05/27/2014 6:38:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    FOX 4 Local News ^ | May 27, 2014 | By Katie Ferrell
    On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to fire back against school meal critics who say the program to make school lunches healthier has gone too far. FOX 4′s Katie Ferrell reported Tuesday morning on the reaction from Kansas City-area parents to the more nutritious school lunches. Among the comments: “The food provided as school lunch is not even edible. My 5-year old isn’t picky and she cries if we accidentally forget to pack her lunch,” said Jaye Anne on our facebook page. “Yes it motivates us to send actual healthy food from home so our child doesn’t have...
  • Free-for-All in the Cafeteria (NYT advocates free breakfasts and lunches for all)

    04/10/2014 6:07:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 9, 2014
    More than a million children attend public schools in New York City. About 780,000 of them are poor enough to qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch. Getting into the program requires some paperwork, which is a burden but not a terrible one; the application is just one page. So why do so many eligible children — about 250,000 — not participate? The problem, advocates for schoolchildren say, isn’t so much aversion to the menu — today across the city, it’s roast turkey, stewed beans, sweet plantains and an oatmeal raisin cookie (plus chickpea salad, for high schoolers) — as...
  • REBEL AGAINST MICHELLE: Students Fed Up With Michelle O’s School Lunch Overhaul

    04/07/2014 4:38:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 4-7-14
    First, about one million public school students said “no way” to their cafeteria menus after Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign led to anger and frustration over food that apparently many American kids didn’t want to stomach. But for those without other options, all that’s left is the power of social media and cell phone cameras when they simply can’t take another bite:
  • 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 ^ | 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) 
  • Three years of free school meals for all children, says Nick Clegg (UK LibDem leader)

    09/17/2013 10:25:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:00PM BST 17 Sep 2013 | James Kirkup
    All children in their first three years of primary school will be given free school meals in a Ł600 million ($9.5 million) giveaway meant to reduce the cost of living for parents, Nick Clegg has said. The Liberal Democrat leader said that the new policy, which will take effect in September next year, will be worth more than Ł400 ($636) a year for each child aged five, six or seven. … Mr. Clegg said that the giveaway on school meals was part of the Coalition’s bid to ease the strain on household finances. He told the BBC that all parents...
  • (GAO) report identifies problems created by Michelle Obama’s ‘healthy’ school lunch overhaul

    07/16/2013 3:01:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Education Action Group News ^ | July 15, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Complete Headline: Federal report identifies numerous problems created by Michelle Obama’s ‘healthy’ school lunch overhaul A newly released report by the Government Accountability Office finds numerous problems have been created by the National School Lunch Program overhaul pushed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Those problems have been magnified in recent weeks, as several school districts across the nation have either dropped out of the voluntary federal lunch program or have increased prices of school lunches to make up for a drop in sales attributed to federal menu changes. The report, presented to a subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce...
  • First lady-backed school lunch regs cost school district $100,000

    07/09/2013 9:57:29 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    First lady-backed school lunch regs cost school district $100,000 Posted By Caroline May On 12:25 PM 07/09/2013 In Education | No Comments A New York school district is giving the boot to the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) and its new restrictive regulations mandating the number of calories and nutrients in each meal. The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district announced this month that after a school year struggling with the new guidelines under the Michelle Obama-backed Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act, the school will not be participating in the program this coming school year. “Students complained of being hungry...
  • Michelle Obama’s posterior again the subject of a public rant

    02/05/2013 10:50:19 AM PST · by Biggirl ^ | February 5,2013 | Krissah Thompson
    They’re at it again. The latest public rant against Michelle Obama’s effort to promote low-calorie school lunches was recently caught on tape in Alabama — the usual protest against the federal government meddling in local business. And then it quickly found its way around to the first lady’s posterior.
  • 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...
  • Western Massachusetts students cope with new national standards for school lunches

    10/06/2012 2:19:52 PM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    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...
  • 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...
  • N.J. High School Students Planning Cafeteria Boycott To Protest Obama Guidelines

    09/28/2012 1:23:53 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Sept. 27, 2012
    PARSIPPANY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Students at Parsippany Hills High School held a strategy session on Thursday to discuss a potential lunch strike, on Friday, over what they have called inadequately sized meals. “This year you’re eating lunch and you’re like ‘Did I even eat?’ You’re not even full,” senior Brandon Faris told CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis. New federal guidelines stemming from first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign have resulted in limits on protein and bread, and an increase in vegetables and fruits. The changes have also come at an increased cost. All of it has also sparked a student...
  • School Lunches: The Food Fight Heard 'Round The World

    09/28/2012 1:12:55 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 20 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-28-12 | J.D. Longstreet
    It would be laughable -- if our school kids weren't hungry! By now, most everyone who pays attention, is aware of how our government, Big Nanny, has screwed-up school lunches so badly that our kids either won't eat the stuff or, they DO eat it and -- remain hungry. This is just more evidence of what happens when the government takes an active hand in "helping" Americans. Once again, I repeat my plea to the UIS government: "For God's sake -- stop helping us!" ABC News reports the following: "School lunch trays are a bit lighter this year after Congress-approved...
  • Complaints Mount Against Michelle Obama’s New Lunch Menu

    09/23/2012 4:51:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 175 replies ^ | September 23, 2012 | Kyle Olsen
    In Wisconsin, high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the skimpy new school lunch menu mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama. The story we published earlier this week on that subject is unfortunately not unique. Students across the country are complaining about the new school lunch regulations. Perhaps the real motive is to starve students into slimming down. Just ask students in Pierre, South Dakota who, too, are in an all-out revolt. "I know a lot of my friends who are just drinking a jug...
  • New school nutrition standards a recipe for problems? (lesson in why local control is best)

    09/08/2012 10:48:08 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 29 replies
    Reading Eagle ^ | 9/9/12 | Reading Eagle
    In his gut, Kurt Myers knows when a student arrives at school on an empty stomach. He can see it on a cold Monday morning in the coat that remains zipped and the hat that stays pulled down, in the rush to eat school breakfast as if it's the student's first meal in days. And in the Reading School District, where 92 percent of students received free or reduced-price meals in 2011-12, Myers knows it doesn't take a food services director such as himself to realize that "when a student looks like he hasn't eaten all weekend, he probably hasn't...
  • Michelle Obama Continues to Increase the Government’s Role in Parenting

    08/25/2012 2:53:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | August 25, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Sasha and Malia apparently aren’t enough for Michelle Obama. She wants to mother our children, too. That’s the only conclusion that can be reached when observing the First Lady’s campaign to decrease parents’ role in raising their children. Obama’s latest method of gaining more control is through school food nutrition standards. Noting that home-packed lunches aren’t up to the First Lady’s standards, the government is making school meals free for all, regardless of income, as part of a four-state pilot program that begins this fall. Given our penchant for free stuff, parents will be walking right into the trap. But...
  • New Federal Regulations Call For Healthier School Lunches

    05/05/2012 7:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | May 3, 2012 | By Mike DeNardo
    PHILADELPHIA - New federal regulations require healthier lunches in schools next year. USDA undersecretary Audrey Rowe lunched on chicken salad yesterday with kids at the Roberto Clemente Middle School. Rowe was in town to highlight new school lunch nutrition standards that take effect in the fall. “We will be expanding on the amount of fruits and vegetables offered to the children. Obviously, even though the products are going to be prepackaged, they’re going to be healthier.” With the new requirements, comes a modest 6-cent-per meal increase in federal reimbursements.
  • School cafeterias to require fruits and vegetables nationwide (Fines for Kids not complying)

    04/01/2012 2:24:56 PM PDT · by raybbr · 101 replies
    NewHaven ^ | 4/1/2012 | Brian McCready
    Beginning next school year, students across the country may be in for a shock when they purchase their lunch in the cafeteria. In an effort to fight childhood obesity and diabetes, the federal government is requiring students of all ages to buy at least one serving of fresh fruit or vegetable for lunch. Even if they toss the produce into the garbage. Fresh fruit and vegetable portions will double next year. “Some students don’t take one now, but they will have to,” Eileen Faustich, Milford’s food services director, said Friday. “We can’t let a child go by the cashier without...
  • The Food Police: Training Subjects, not Educating Citizens

    02/22/2012 8:05:25 PM PST · by stolinsky · 7 replies ^ | 02-23-12 | stolinsky
      The Food Police: Training Subjects, not Educating Citizens David C. Stolinsky Feb. 23, 2012 We need heroes in times of trouble. But we need self-reliant, independent citizens at all times. People can’t remain free if they are brought up to be subservient and dependent. And we seem to be doing our best to produce such people. Did you read about the four-year-old girl who went to preschool with the lunch her mother had made for her? The lunch included a turkey-and-cheese sandwich on multigrain bread, a banana, a small bag of chips, and apple juice. But her lunch...
  • 2nd N.C. Mother Says Daughter’s School Lunch Replaced for Not Being Healthy Enough

    02/18/2012 9:32:18 AM PST · by NCjim · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 17, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    North Carolina officials have said there was a misunderstanding when a preschooler’s homemade lunch was sent home for not meeting certain nutritional requirements, but now a second mother from the same school has come forward exclusively to The Blaze to say the same thing happened to her daughter. Diane Zambrano says her 4-year-old daughter, Jazlyn, is in the same West Hoke Elementary School class as the little girl whose lunch gained national attention earlier this week. When Zambrano picked Jazlyn up from school late last month, she was told by Jazlyn’s teacher that the lunch she had packed that day...
  • Just the Facts: State (nugget pushers) vs. Federal (science-based) School Nutrition Programs

    02/19/2012 1:41:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    USDA ^ | 2/16/12 | Courtney Rowe
    Just the Facts: State vs. Federal School Nutrition ProgramsPosted by Courtney Rowe, Press Secretary, USDA, on February 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM In the past 24 hours, we’ve seen a lot of chatter online regarding a story from North Carolina in which a pre-school student’s lunch was deemed “unhealthy.” We’d like to set the record straight. As established by law, USDA promotes healthier lifestyles for our nation’s school children through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Department sets science-based nutritional standards for and oversees State administration of schools that choose to participate in these national programs. In exchange...
  • Who Is the Mystery Food Monitor? (Nugget pimp may be NC 'education staff member')

    02/17/2012 1:48:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 90 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 2/16/12 | Rick Henderson
    Who Is the Mystery Food Monitor?No agency has said it employed the person checking preschoolers' lunch bags By Rick Henderson Feb. 16th, 2012 RALEIGH — Three days after a Carolina Journal report on the plight of a 4-year-old preschooler and her lunch made national headlines, the identity of the person who determined that the youngster's homemade lunch was not nutritious remains unknown. Of the several government agencies who have been named in the controversy — the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Division of Child Development and Early Education at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Hoke County schools,...
  • No Freedom For You! When School Lunch Nazis Attack

    02/16/2012 2:37:09 PM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    IBD staff ^ | February 16, 2012 | IBD staff
    Federal Guidelines: The nanny state that tells us what cars we should drive, what energy we must use and what health insurance we must have is now telling mothers what they can put in their children's school lunches. We are all familiar with the Transportation Security Administration going through our stuff at the airport on the assumption all of us are potential terrorists. When a similar level of scrutiny is applied to our kids' school lunches on the assumption we are too stupid to feed them properly, we wonder if there's any place the nanny state will not reach to...
  • Up against the wall kid! What do you have in that lunch box?

    02/16/2012 10:54:30 AM PST · by landsbaum · 33 replies
    ... A child’s mother sent the kid, a preschooler mind you, to school with a turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips and apple juice. Is there any conceivable grounds here for government intervention? No? Think again. Bauer reports that the lunch from home “failed the mandatory lunch inspection”...
  • Obama Sends Gov't Taste-Testers Into School Cafeterias

    02/15/2012 4:49:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/15/12 | Fox News
    WKYT Audrey Rowe is visiting schools all over the nation. “Everything we can do.. to make food taste good,” Rowe told students at Elkhorn Middle School in Frankfort on Wednesday. The USDA official from Washington, DC got a first-hand look…and taste of school lunches in Kentucky. “I think we can make it to where one day you’ll say ‘that lady was here and I like this food now.’ That’s what I’m working on,” she said.
  • Federal Agents Inspect Your Child's Lunch

    02/14/2012 11:23:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Rush ^ | February 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is from Rayford, North Carolina. Carolina Journal. I'm gonna read it to you exactly as it printed out here. "A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day." Again, let me read this to you...
  • Congress Blocks New Rules on School Lunches

    11/21/2011 6:21:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 15, 2011 | Ron Nixon
    WASHINGTON — A slice of pizza still counts as a vegetable. In a victory for the makers of frozen pizzas, tomato paste and French fries, Congress on Monday blocked rules proposed by the Agriculture Department that would have overhauled the nation’s school lunch program. The proposed changes — the first in 15 years to the $11 billion school lunch program — were meant to reduce childhood obesity by adding more fruits and green vegetables to lunch menus, Agriculture Department officials said. The rules, proposed last January, would have cut the amount of potatoes served and would have changed the way...
  • Fifty Percent Welfare Nation

    11/11/2011 5:39:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | November 11, 2011 | Rachel Alexander
    It has become all too easy today to receive government assistance. Half of all babies born in the U.S. today receive food assistance, and half of all children live in a home that will use food assistance at some point during their childhood. 40 percent of the population in Washington, D.C. is on welfare. Between 2000 and 2010 the number of Americans receiving food assistance more than doubled, expanding to over 47 million, which is more than one-seventh of the population. Forty years ago, only 4.3 million Americans received food assistance. According to a Heritage Foundation study, means-tested welfare has...
  • School Lunch Proposals Set Off a Dispute

    11/02/2011 1:46:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 1, 2011 | Ron Nixon
    WASHINGTON — The government has some thoughts on how to make the federally financed school lunch program more nutritious: A quarter-cup of tomato paste on pizza will no longer be considered a vegetable. Cut back on potatoes and add more fresh peaches, apples, spinach and broccoli. And hold the salt. The proposed changes — the first in 15 years to the $11 billion school-lunch program — are meant to reduce rising childhood obesity, Agriculture Department officials say. Food companies including Coca-Cola, Del Monte Foods and the makers of frozen pizza and French fries have a huge stake in the new...
  • Childrens Book Maggie Goes On a Diet Sparks Outrage

    09/04/2011 2:15:33 PM PDT · by 7jason · 18 replies ^ | 9-3-11 | Ed Bok
    They say no publicity is bad publicity, and for that Paul M. Kramer must be truly grateful. Since word of his upcoming children’s book, Maggie Goes On a Diet spread throughout the blogosphere, he has received considerable bad press.
  • The Plastic Sandwich Bag Flunks

    08/28/2011 5:27:23 PM PDT · by mathprof · 100 replies
    new york times ^ | 10/26/11 | STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
    Many retailers and schools are advocating waste-free options for back-to-school shoppers this year, especially when it comes to lunch. School lists call for Tupperware instead of Ziplocs, neoprene lunch bags instead of brown paper ones, and aluminum water bottles, not the throwaway plastic versions. Sales of environmentally friendly back-to-school products are up just about everywhere. At the Container Store, the increase is 30 percent over last year for some items, said Mona Williams, the company’s vice president of buying. “We have seen a huge resurgence,” she said. The trend makes the schools happy (much less garbage). It makes the stores...
  • 'Unhealthy' corn dogs, chicken nuggets out, sushi in at L.A. schools

    06/16/2011 2:56:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 86 replies
    L.A. Times Blogs ^ | June 15, 2011 | Mary MacVean
    The L.A. school board's decision to stop serving flavored milks on campuses is just the beginning. A menu overhaul is underway that will mean fewer meals that resemble fast food and more vegetarian offerings. Spinach tortellini in butternut squash sauce and California sushi rolls, along with many ethnic foods, are to be added. Corn dogs, chicken nuggets and other breaded items are out, said Dennis Barrett, food services director. Megan Bomba, a project coordinator with Occidental College's Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, agreed with the move, saying "the meal needs to be better, not [that] we need to keep chocolate...
  • ‘Healthier’ school lunch at what cost?

    05/17/2011 5:54:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 16, 2011 | Ben Wolfgang
    If the federal government gets its way, critics are warning, school lunches will be more expensive and less appetizing and ultimately will leave school districts footing the bill for costly food going down the garbage disposal. Under regulations proposed this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would have the final say on what students eat. Educators fear the guidelines, trumpeted by first lady Michelle Obama and others as a key to curbing childhood obesity, will take a huge bite out of school budgets while resulting in “healthier” meals that make youngsters turn up their noses. “Under the proposed rule, school...
  • D.C. school lunch firm questioned on nutrition

    04/12/2011 7:25:35 AM PDT · by yoe · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 26, 2010 | Staff
    A company that serves meals to 2˝ million schoolchildren daily in more than 500 districts nationwide, with multimillion-dollar contracts in both Washington and Chicago, has a history of marginal quality and food-safety scares amid concerns over the nutritional content of its school menus, according to school and company records. Chartwells-Thompson School Dining Services, a subsidiary of the Charlotte, N.C.-based Compass Group, owner of Burger King, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, is one of North America's largest school cafeteria operators — its contracts with the Chicago Public Schools from 2001 to 2009 totaling more than $289 million and a D.C. operation...
  • From School Lunches, to School Breakfasts, to ‘Child Dinners’ with taxpayers grabbing the check

    01/18/2011 7:35:46 PM PST · by seamus · 31 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable (The Heartland Institute) ^ | January 18, 2011 | Jim Lakely
    And, no, the term “child dinner” does not mean that moppets are on the menu. They are handed one, though, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education. Via Julie Gunlock at NRO’s The Corner blog, we learn that the Obama administration is expanding its child-dinner program from 13 states to all 50 (or, if Obama gets his way, all 57 … or is it 58?). Anyway, Gunlock has the details: ... This bit of government expansion, by the way, is courtesy of the lame-duck session of Congress. ... And what’s next for the (nearly literal) nanny state after this? AmeriCorps...
  • Obama signs child nutrition bill

    12/13/2010 9:37:13 AM PST · by Innovative · 35 replies · 3+ views
    CNN ^ | Dec 13, 2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    President Barack Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of child nutrition standards Monday, enacting a law meant to encourage better eating habits in part by giving the federal government more authority to set standards for food sold in vending machines and elsewhere on school grounds. Among other things, the $4.5 billion measure provides more money to poor areas to subsidize free meals and requires schools to abide by health guidelines drafted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To help offset the higher cost of including more fruits and vegetables, the bill increases the reimbursement rate for school lunches. The bill is...
  • Michelle Obama's Failure Is Good News For Children

    09/30/2010 8:19:00 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 7 replies ^ | 09/30/10 | CaroleL
    First lady Michelle Obama shares a very dangerous belief with her husband when it comes to transforming things: that it is most important to be seen as the driving force behind over-reaching changes no matter who they hurt. Toward that end, Mrs. Obama has pushed hard for what has euphemistically been called a child nutrition bill but is in fact a $4.5 billion attempt to implement a high-end solution to unhealthy school lunch programs by stealing future funding for food stamp programs.
  • String of snow days deprives many students of food

    02/13/2010 4:14:42 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 76 replies · 1,850+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 13, 2010 | Sarah Karush
    TAKOMA PARK, Md. – As back-to-back snowstorms shuttered schools for the week across the mid-Atlantic states, parents fretted about lost learning time, administrators scheduled makeup days and teachers posted assignments online. But Marla Caplon worried about a more fundamental problem: How would students eat? The two snowstorms that pummeled the region, leaving more than 3 feet of snow in some areas, deprived tens of thousands of children from Virginia to Pennsylvania of the free or reduced-price school lunch that may be their only nutritious meal of the day. The nonprofits that try to meet the need when school is not...
  • Fast-food standards for meat top those for school lunches

    12/10/2009 3:51:24 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 19 replies · 633+ views
    major national newspaper ^ | 12/8/09 | Peter Eisler, Blake Morrison and Anthony DeBarros
    In the past three years, the government has provided the nation's schools with millions of pounds of beef and chicken that wouldn't meet the quality or safety standards of many fast-food restaurants, from Jack in the Box and other burger places to chicken chains such as KFC, a USA TODAY investigation found.
  • School’s Out, but Many Will Get Free Meals

    07/04/2009 6:00:47 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 766+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 5, 2009 | Winnie Hu
    ... Despite budget cuts, many schools and community groups are expanding their efforts to feed children from poor and struggling families this summer as the lingering recession deepens longstanding concerns that those who qualify for free meals go hungry once classes end. The number of students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunches was up about 5 percent nationwide this spring, to nearly 19.4 million from 18.4 million the previous year, according to federal officials. These new programs extend beyond school hours to feed children on weekends and in the summer, and they have spread from impoverished urban areas to suburban...