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Friday, April 11, 2014

Michelle Obama's Food Program Is Non-Nutritious Waste Of Money -- IBD Editorial

Michelle Obama: Beyond mom-in-chiefBig Government: As students flood Twitter with images of inedible slop, it's clear that Michelle Obama's government school lunch revamp is a costly failure. It's time to get the feds out of kids' lunch boxes.

The $12 billion federal student lunch program, which serves 30.7 million kids, is losing participants fast — more than a million just last year, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. The reason: the first lady's Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act, an act that has accomplished exactly the opposite of what it claimed it would — leaving hungry, angry, disgusted kids and dumpsters full of wasted food.

Kids have taken to Twitter to post photographs of the wretched results of the new federal guidelines that any school participating in the National School Lunch Program must follow to comply with the government-knows-best program for nutrition.

Meager burgers on soggy buns and sorry little skim milk cartons amid otherwise bare lunch trays, mystery meat, tiny little teaspoons of taco meat amid a few straggly cheese shreds on a massive tortilla, and tiny pebble-like chicken nuggets a cat wouldn't eat are pretty much the result of calorie-limiting, one-size-fits-all, anything-but-buy-local, lunch programs.

There's mystery meat, bizarre food combinations, carbo-fest combinations no nutritionist would condone, three cherry tomato veggie servings and the return of ketchup as a vegetable, something the rabid left made hay about during the Reagan era but now ignores.

And what's more, students know who's responsible.

"I'd like to thank Michelle Obama for this school lunch," tweeted Martin Hooi, along with a photo of his meager repast.

More than 500 schools have pulled out of the federal school lunch program as a result of the new Obama regulations, saying "no thanks" to their subsidies just to get away from all their micromanaging rules — from the sizes of ladles to the number of orange vegetables that can be served in a week.

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