School Lunches

Apparently our school kids are eschewing critical parts of the First Lady’s Federally mandated (via the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act) school lunch menu. A University of Vermont research report says that the kids are tossing their veggies after they’re forced by their schools, under the Act, to select one (or a fruit), rather than actually eating them.

The report, entitled Impact of the National School Lunch Program on Fruit and Vegetable Selection, noted that average waste increased from a quarter cup to more than one-third of a cup per tray.

A USDA spokesman said,

Ninety-five percent of schools are successfully serving healthier meals….

Nice try, Mr Alinsky, but we’re talking about what the kids are eating, not what you’re serving. Besides, you’re apparently serving those veggies to the trash can.

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