High school students all over the country are in protest over new school lunch requirements. Many are placing blame on first lady Michelle Obama. One student in North Carolina stated that she was glad that they are trying to get the students to eat healthier at school but the way that they are going about it is causing more problems than just eating extra calories. She stated that kids are throwing their lunches away because they are so “nasty”.
These new lunch requirements have been noted by the nutrition directors at high schools who are now asking that the Department of Agriculture loosen the reins on their requirements. A high school senior in Georgia says that it is Mrs. Obama’s fault but also must the fault of others as well. He said that he is sure the servers are just doing what they are told and that it can’t just be one person’s fault. He stated that most of the students will deal with the lunches they are served but a lot of them bring their own lunch now instead of getting it through the school. Most of the complaints are that the “healthier” food does not look edible.
The law that put these new standards into schools around the country is called the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act which was put into action by Mrs. Obama. School cafeterias are worried for the students as they are not eating a lot of the food they are given. It was found however that the problem does not lie on Mrs. Obama’s shoulders. The Department of Agriculture made the standards and some of the schools are having a hard time adjusting. One student sent a message on Twitter showing a photo of a sad-looking chicken sandwich and a carton of 1% milk stating this was all they had to each for lunch. The school however was not in compliance with the new standards as there were no fruits or veggies given.
The new requirements are that the meals must offer:
– Whole grains
– Low-fat or fat-free Milk
The students can decline two out of those five requirements but they are forced to take one veggie or fruit. That does not mean that they will eat it however. The problem is that teens are so used to eating junk food in large portions that they are going to be dissatisfied no matter what the new requirements are.