The Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, has been hailed as the latest measure to combat both child hunger and obesity while improving the health and nutrition of the nation’s youth. However, the caloric caps for these meals are falling short of meeting the energy needs of students.

Now these students are uniting their voice to make a difference thanks to a group of students and teachers from Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs, Kan. Their music video parody, “We are Hungry” has gone viral and has now been featured by many mainstream media outlets, including the TODAY show and ABC News.  

“Active teens require between 2,000 – 5,000 calories a day to energy and growth needs,” text at the beginning of the video states. “School lunch policy mandates all teens receive only 750-850 calories per lunch.”

Among the lyrics:

  • “Give me some seconds - I, I need to get some food today.”
  • “So by the time you go to practice, and you feel like falling down, I'll carry you home.”
  • Tonight we are hungry. Set the policy on fire. It can burn brighter than the sun.”

According to the Kansas City Star, the video was penned by Linda O’Connor, an English teacher at the school. Despite the outrage, state nutrition and education officials point that portion sizes in many school cafeteria's haven't changed, and most of the protest to the new federal rule is being raised by school districts that had previously ignored calorie maximums. Read more about the story behind the video here.