Michelle Obama has endorsed the new school lunch guidelines, and in my small town, the new menus are a large flop. Parents were filling the small
grocery store where I work after the first day of school buying the fixings for brown bag lunches. Besides the purchases, complaining was in
abundance. Most parents I spoke with didn't mind the concept of healthier eating, but the menus leave something to be desired and are leaving the
kids hungrier than ever at the end of the day.
"What's the point, if I have to feed them a meal as soon as they get home?" was a common response. My favorite comment was, "Well, I better fill
'em up, because the school sure isn't."
Some examples of the new lunches taken from my son's lunch calendar:
Tues. Hamburger on wheat bun, with no cheese; carrots and dip; orange
Wed. Soft taco on wheat tortilla, lettuce; tomato; refried beans; pineapple
Thurs. sloppy joe on wheat bun; salad; mixed fruit
Fri. Mini Corn dogs; spinach salad; pears
The serving sizes have been reduced, and I was shocked to hear that the same servings given to Kindergarteners are also being given to high
schoolers. My son reported to me that the trash can was stuffed with uneaten food and kids were complaining to the teachers about being hungry very
shortly after lunch. The number of students carrying lunch from home has been increasing daily and Michelle Obama would be livid if she saw the things
parents were buying, I'm sure. I sold a lot of lunch meat and cheese, chips, Lunchables, and Little Debbies to the disgruntled parents this week.
They were buying Kool-aid type drinks as well, so forget that skim milk.
This whole situation got me wondering, "What do Barrack and Michelle's kids eat for lunch?" Well, obviously not what the children of commoners
eat. Their lunches at prestigious Sidwell Friends School are catered by an outfit called Meriwhether-Godsey. Apparently, the good folks at
Meriwhether-Godsey believe there are no bad foods if eaten in moderation. Their motto is "fresh is best" and "can the can". Too bad our children
can't say the same.
The truth is government regulation is never going to end obesity for children or anyone else for that matter. People are growing tired of the
endless involvement of government in their personal business. Almost every parent that complained at the store blamed Michelle Obama for this mess.
Whether Mrs. Obama acted alone or not, her face IS the face of this mess. She owns it and I wonder how it will affect her husband at the voting
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