Are Our Children Getting Enough to Eat at School? [VIDEO]
Many of us can reflect on school lunches of long ago with some great memories. Who wasn't excited for pizza day, or Italian Dunker Day, or Weiner Wink Day? Well, our kids won't have those memories. Some Wisconsin high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the new school lunch menu mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama.
According to a new report, students across the country are complaining about the new school lunch regulations. Students in Pierre, South Dakota say "they are not getting a proper meal."
Some are throwing away their vegetables. Students in New Bedford, Massachusetts have created a black market for chocolate syrup. The kids are smuggling in bottles of it and selling it by the squeeze. Gone are the days when school teams or clubs would sell candy bars to raise money as they were. The new regulations state that the candy bars may not be sold an hour before or during the hour following the lunch period.
A food service director for a small district in rural Kansas, said wastage has gone up "at least 20 percent" over last year, as students, particularly at the grade school level, cannot refuse anything on their trays — but, of course, cannot be forced to eat it.
At the high school and junior high levels, things are more flexible, but not much. Those students can refuse up to three items on the tray, but must take the fruit and vegetable servings whether they plan to eat them or not.
Meanwhile, the cost of a school lunch is on the rise.
Students and teachers at Wallace County High School in Sharon Spring, Kansas created a YouTube parody, "We Are Hungry," protesting the new calorie guidelines (sung to "We Are Young" by Fun.)