Kentucky Students to Michelle Obama: Your Food Tastes Like Puke!

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Students in one rural Kentucky county, and their parents, are not what you'd call fans of the healthy school lunches touted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

“They say it tastes like vomit,” said Harlan County Public Schools board member Myra Mosley at last week's meeting, according to The Harlan Daily Enterprise.

M.O. Lunch

New USDA meal regulations implemented under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010″ has long been a signature issue for the first lady.

Denizens of Harlan County aren't exactly impressed, however.

Board members claim that have received bevy of complaints that area children are "starving" at lunch and for the remainder of the school day.

Why? The food tastes like arse and there's not enough of it.

“Kids can’t learn when they’re hungry!” one parent shouted.

Jack Miniard, the district’s director of school and community nutrition, was there to explain that the healthy recipes are now required by law.

The federal government now governs both food choices and portion sizes in most American school districts including Harlan County, he said.

Under the National School Lunch Program, Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, schools must provide lunches with certain amounts of fruits, vegetables, etc.

Specific gripes involved the new bread, which students don’t want to eat because it’s brown wheat, and the new milk, which is skim or 1 percent fat.

Two percent or whole need not apply anymore. The cafeteria’s chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk offerings are now nonfat as well, per regulations.

There’s also a calorie cap, another point of contention: 850 for high school lunches, 700 for middle schools and a mere 650 calories for elementary schools.

Students can only have one serving of meat or other protein provided by the school. However, kids can buy a second each day with their own money.

On the plus side (if you can call it that, and many residents of this county apparently would not) you can eat as many fruits and vegetables as you want.

Across the country, students and parents have expressed dissatisfaction with the federal government’s new food regime and its rules and limitations.

Some wealthier school districts are simply backing out of the National School Lunch Program, even if it means giving up a six-figure annual subsidy.

What do you think? Do the regulations go too far? Or are they necessary to combat childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating at a young age?


the kids in dallas complain about lunches is bad. my son use to love to drink the milk has no taste.I tasted the milk ugh. the school need to ask the kids what they for lunch. what they like


Another sign that the government is sticking their noises into places they have no buisness.


The proper response is "So how would you know how how puke tastes?"

@ StallChaser

What you have never thrown up in your life


School lunches taste like crap? I'm sure even the healthy stuff isn't the best tasting food. What, should we feed them filet and lobsters? Who's going to pay for that? If you want to give your child chicken fingers and pizza every day, you can send it in a lunch from home. Cant afford that? Get a job and stop mooching off the free healthy lunch my taxes pay for!


God forbid your children are being feed healthy food! From the sounds of it, I'm sure the people complaining are most likely fat and obese. At school you get taught about health & nutrition and healthy choices, now you can actually use this knowledge when getting your free meal. Wish these options had been around when I was in school, even the food that you bought from our school store, not the cafeteria, was crap. In general both offered: fries, pop, juice, cookies, pizza, pizza pockets, pizza sticks, doughnuts, fruit but the stuff covered in syrup, chips, and the options for bad choices goes on... Little to no fruit and veggies. If kids learn to make better choices hopefully the obesity rate will go down, but I'm assuming no, because of crappy parents that feed their kids fatty foods to shut them up and then let them rot their brains by watching tv and playing video games! Yup Murica ya'll. I'd rather live in a well educated America!


I work at a school and have for some time. I used to buy my lunch quite often from the cafeteria, UNTIL these changes. The fruit and veggies are great, but the quality of the "meat" is now so bad it is inedible.


It is all in what children are eating at home. Yes, I guess if you don't eat salads, green veggies and lean meats at home, they will taste like arse. By golly, there is a solution, brown bag it.


Cute, and we wonder why our children are both fat as whales and spoiled rotten...


Have to agree with Mikey on this one... Although it's a shame that those we elected in charge of minding the economy ultimately allowed it's collapse - thus, many people who USED to be able to afford to feed their kids, can't anymore - it's still a Free meal folks! Federally handed out lunches have always sucked anyway... I could look forward to watery mac & hamburger, tasteless fruit cups, starchy potato cakes and oddly flavored meats any day Mom didn't pack me a lunch in my own childhood, so don't act like "yucky food" from Uncle Sam is something new and horrifying your kids suddenly have to deal with. Hell, they even manage to get some things right, like Taco Burger Tuesdays for lunch at my old school. I used to sweat those things big time. Any way, if you're poor you're probably just glad your kid gets fed something every day courtesy of the tax payers. You're welcome. I really wish the restrictions could relax enough to allow for every snowflake to have at least one non fat-free sugary treat a day, but that shit costs money, and we have a war machine to support along with TSA agents and a gigantic international and domestic privacy raping, constitution-shredding NSA spying operation. Because terrorists. Oogie-boogie! A larger problem beyond freely given food these parents and whiney children should consider, is what happens after the money we *should* have spent on education instead of policing the world and our own citizens runs out - or when we hit our debt ceiling this October... Will the Government still be able to afford this small yet important need for our children - a hot meal at their school? What happens after these kids graduate? Is the economy and job market they'll have to live and compete against one another in REALLY looking more promising to anyone at this point? There's a multitude of issues people should be complaining about - indeed, angry and passionate about that needs fixing in this great nation of ours. Bitching because little Johnny's free healthy lunch doesn't "taste good enough" isn't one of them. I worry for these children of ours. The world we're handing to them, the society we've built they're growing up in, the path the nation is heading in, that they live in.


I don't want the government telling me how to raise my kids nor do I want them telling me what they can & cannot eat. As much as it is nice to have a hot lunch, I don't blame them for meals that taste worse than MREs.

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