The intentions of the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, may provide healthier school lunches in an effort to combat childhood obesity, but students are voicing their literal distaste for the new school food.
For students in one rural Kentucky county – and their parents – the food “tastes lime vomit.”
According to the Harlan Daily Enterprise, Harlan County parents, students and school board members are speaking against the healthier food.
“Kids can’t learn when they’re hungry!” parents yelled at the special school board meeting last week.
Milk was brought up several times in the meeting. Jack Miniard, director of school and community nutrition, explained that the fat content of the milk served in the country’s schools were one percent or skim. Non-fat flavored milk varities were still on the menu.
However, Miniard said he would conduct a “taste test” of the milk with students and report back to the board with results. Read more here.
Obama admitted that kids and parents aren’t 100 percent on board with the taste of the healthier school lunches in an interview with Parade magazine.
“Change is hard—it’s as simple as that,” Obama told Parade. ”You start making tweaks to something that has been a mainstay and you’re going to get some backlash, particularly from kids. We as adults can’t be shortsighted.”
According to Red Alert Politics, several school districts nationwide have even decided to completely opt-out of the program because students have refused to eat the less-palatable foods mandate by the act. Click here for more.
Last year, a group of Kansas students released a music video parody to protest the calorie maximums of the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
“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.”
Click the video to the right to see the full clip.