September 28th, 2012
03:23 PM ET

Pictures inspire school lunch boycott

By the Schools of Thought Editors

(CNN) New federal guidelines are requiring school lunches to be healthier, but many kids say something is missing: Quantity, and more importantly, taste.

In this video from CNN affiliate WDIV, a student's pictures of unappetizing school lunches have led to a brown bag movement in his school.

CNN Student News asked its audience of middle- and high-school students and teachers if they've noticed changes in their school lunches this year, and if those changes were for the better or worse. Here's a sampling of their responses:

Jonas: I have seen a huge difference in my school's food this year. I don't have enough food to eat and as an athlete, I need all the energy I can get. I feel sluggish and tired. I feel I was better off with the old food. Don't get me wrong, people do need to change their eating habits, but the government doesn't have to tell us how to eat.

Maddie: I completely agree with limiting school lunch calories. People are consuming calories, but not working them off. This can cause obesity... and I cringe at the percentage of American obesity be 2030.

Alivia: At our school we have to take fruit and milk even if we don't eat or drink them and just throw them away. This is partially a waste because some people just throw them away, but on the other hand it is good to tempt kids to try fruit and get that in their system for the day.

Ryan: Our school lunches have changed for the worse. Do they really think that one piece of pizza and an orange plus milk would feed us? Well it didn't feed me; I would still be hungry right after lunch was over, so now I bring my own lunch. That way I won't be starving at my football practice.

Mr. Hartrick's 2nd period class: We think that school food is not enough to eat because sometimes the school food is not very appetizing and some children will throw their food away and be hungry later. Most students bring their lunches nowadays because they don't like the food that the school serves. In a way the school is losing money because less kids are getting school food.

Jared: I think it's a perfect amount of food but the food is too bland. It needs some spice or something.

Jordan: With time, students may end up getting used to it. Of course with a sudden change in food portions, we're bound to feel something different (empty stomachs). Suggestion being: Just be patient, you'll grow and adapt to what's given.

Andrea: I teach high school. Due to the new restrictions many students have quit buying school lunch, and either bring food in with them in their book bags or don't eat lunch at all. We have many students, particularly athletes, who are starving by mid-practice because their school lunch wasn't enough to keep them full through practice. Students are also choosing to spend money in the vending machines rather than pay for food that they don't like and don't want to pay for. The quality and taste of the food has been affected along with the change in portion size. On average, a teenage boy can burn up to 1,000 calories in a day. Limiting school lunch calories is not a smart way to ensure academic success...How can a student perform well when he or she is hungry? School used to be the one place a child was guaranteed NOT to go hungry. Since these changes, we see many – and I'm talking TONS - of kids going hungry.

Elizabeth: It depends on the person to be obese, not the government to decide for you.

You can read more responses on the CNN Student News blog "From A to Z with Carl Azuz" here.

Has your school seen changes in its lunch menus this year? You can share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. YourRope

    Free food at school? In all my supposedly communist life in Europe I have never seen such benefits.

    October 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  2. Ann

    Schools should educate. PARENTS should feed.

    If families need financial help buying their groceries, then that's what programs for food stamps, etc. are for. Increase those if you need to, but don't take away the parents' JOB of preparing meals. All this complaining about "my kid doesn't like this, my kid won't eat that" - so, YOU make something you know your kid will eat.

    One kid complained that her mom was too busy to make lunches for her and her sibs. Puh-leeze. First of all, as everyone said, she could make her own. Also – especially for younger kids, since when did preparing meals become an "optional" task? Since the schools took it over, obviously! Give that task back to the families, and they can work out the logistics of how to get it done.

    October 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • The Judge

      How about we weigh each of these fat a $ $ kids each week and that will determine how much food they can have. That should solve it. You're fat? Tough nuts kid you can't more. You get less. That solve the argument for all points of view.

      October 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • Guest

        Treat obese children without harming all the underweight or normal ones? WOW, common sense! Please, run for elected office...I want to vote for you;)
        Joking aside; the only real way to prevent obesity is with an exercise/nutrition program that will teach each student proper nutrition for themselves. By raising students levels of exercise we will also have the benefit of improved cardiovascular health.
        I do not know if even a nutritional intervention program would work on the truly obese, since their weight already shows they have the food resources at home to make up for any food they are denied at school.
        In fact; knowing the way teenagers think, this school diet lunch will probably result in the obese actually gaining weight. Teenage defiance will demand that they "Reward" themselves when they get home as a reaction to their "privation". Obesity is as much psychological as it is physical. Referrals for professional counseling would probably work best.
        This one size fits all diet certainly is not working.

        October 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
  3. Beaver Pride

    The government needs to quit messing with the nutrition of the students. I have grew up in this chaotic food fight that is whether or not our lunches as students should be limited or kept the way it was before. I for one think it should be up to the parents as to whether or not the kids eat certain things or not. I remember in elementary school we would have pizza delivered and it was amazing. We would get an entire slice each and we loved it. Though this may not be very cost efficient, which is another big part of this issue, this made sure that us as students were full and happy. Now as a Junior in High School, pizza is nothing but a piece of bread that is hard as rock topped with flavorless cheese and what I presume is meant to be pepperoni. The spaghettie looks and tastes as if it has been soaked in rancid dish water for an hour before serving, and and thing that is supposed to go between to buns is majorly undercooked and may as well come with a warning label. Every year the food has become worse because of these guidelines, whether that means less portions, less taste, or less knowledge of what the heck the gruel is that was just thrown onto my plate. And by the way, those people talking about free lunch and such things as if they are bad are idiots in my opinion. Just because someone lives in poverty or similar conditions does not mean they are from a dead beat/drug addicted/broken household.

    October 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  4. jj

    For all those who say quit griping about the FREE food, what do you think the kids that pay for their lunches are having to buy? There's not a FREE line and a PAY line, so everyone has to eat whatever the school provides. I've been trying to determine what the food is in the photo above. An over-ripe banana that looks about fit to make muffins, not eat out of hand, some pre-fab eggs, what I'm guessing are tater-tots and something that in a previous life may have been a pancake? And since when is "pizza" made of sliced tomatoes, sliced cheese and a slice of whole wheat toast? I won't even attempt to figure out the noodles, "mashed" potatoes and whatever that other dish might be. Can anyone say carb overload? Who ever thinks these dishes are suitable food for children needs to try a diet of it daily for the next 8 months or so! I knew when pizza was declared a vegetable school lunches were in trouble!

    October 1, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  5. Tim Liao

    For the overwhelming amount of these people it is free food; enough said enjoy the freebie and shut up

    October 1, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Logan

      But why can't the freebie be something delicious?

      October 1, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Matt

      Ok, so I understand where all this food/portion control is coming from. But, isn't it the responsibility of the parent(s) to ensure that their children don't become fat turds? Food education is a good idea, I'd be all for that...maybe make it a mandatory class, like health (do they still teach that in school?).

      October 1, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • Beaver Pride

      What an upper class response. -_-

      October 1, 2012 at 11:50 am |
      • Logan

        Beaver Pride, How so, and why is it bad thing to have an upper class response.

        October 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  6. Mike- St Pete

    IIf you don't like the food, bring your own. If that means your parent needs to get a job, so be it.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Guest

      A lot of them HAVE jobs. Some have two jobs. Some were just like you, & lost their homes. Stop acting like a snob, these are tough times. That program was created to prevent kids from becoming malnourished. It is not supposed to cut the food intake on normal kids who just happen to be among the 33% of kids living in poverty. Put the fatties in EXERCISE programs & feed the ones at risk of malnourishment properly.

      October 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  7. Frank

    I don't blame kids for not eating stuff that looks, smells and tastes like garbage can leftovers. Once upon a time school lunches were prepared in the kitchen just as they were at home. They were pretty good, well balanced and kids could get seconds if available. Then when my son was in high school he was given microwaved airline lunches in a box and there were no vending machines with suitable food in them, just soda pop, candies, chips, etc. The airline lunches were awful. I would not eat them so did not expect my son to do it. We packed his lunch. Its time for government to stop mandating one size fits all. It does not.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  8. Ann

    When I was in grammar school in the 1960s, there was no school lunch. The only thing offered was a carton of milk, which we paid a dime for, I think. Other than that, we all brown-bagged it.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with a kid bringing a sandwich, a piece of fruit, and maybe a snack for lunch every day. Plenty of ingredients can be kept safely for a few hours without going bad. Make your lunch the night before, and stop expecting the school to feed you. They're there to EDUCATE you.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • topfuel500

      I remember that, we used to get a carton of milk first thing in the AM and pay a dime for it. Most of us brought our own lunches because we couldn't afford the hot meal, I worked in the cafeteria washing dishes just so I could get the hot lunch nothing was free not even the bus ride that's why my sisters and I either walked or rode our bikes to school. I never expected the school to feed me for free I made my own lunches.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Guest

      When I was your age...I walked up hill, both ways, in the snow. Dragging my stone tablet behind me, because they hadn't invented paper yet 😉
      Joking aside; I remember that the school lunch program was part of Kennedy's initiative to combat childhood malnutrition caused by poverty. It is sad to see it will be CAUSING malnutrition for the normal & underweight children among the poor students it is supposed to serve. That flame at Arlington must be flickering.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  9. Guest

    Students involved in sports need to take action now, & start fundraising for food. Unless they remove this program, you will have to start supplementing all the players on the teams who lack the access to enough protein & calcium for healthy participation. Either that or take action legally to get these guidelines removed for athletes.
    Anyone who has a underweight child, whose child becomes underweight, or who is ill should concentrate on getting their child a medical waiver & an individual nutritional care plan. Especially the kids who have chronic illnesses like asthma; they burn excessive amounts of calories due to high respiration rates according to the Deborah Heart & Lung Center information I received.
    One size does not fit all, each child has different caloric needs. Forcing everyone onto a vegetable intense, protein & calcium poor diet is wrong. A program to increase physical activity would treat the problem better, without putting the non obese children at risk of rickets or organ failure. Absolute foolishness.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  10. Parent of more than a few kids

    I applaud the efforts to make school lunches healthier. As a family we've recently taken a look at our own eating habits and found that as a family we could make some changes and what a learning experience it has been. The amount of calories and salt we inadvertently end up eating if we're not watching is suprising. We should keep the changes in place and beef up our own health curriculum and teach kids how to plan healthy meals and read nutrition labels so they KNOW what they're eating and how that affects your body. These kids will adjust- and they will not starve on a slightly healthier lunch (despite the complaints!).

    October 1, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • Guest

      Telling a teenager who is having a 6-8 inch growth spurt to "fill up " on fruit or vegetables will not satisfy their very real physical need for meat based protein or calcium. What about the poor kids who rely on these meals as their main source of nutrition, & do not have your high toned advantages? School lunch programs were created to serve THEM, not you. Those kids will suffer long term damage by failing to reach their growth potential. This is not solid nutrition.
      What are we telling those kids...Sorry , all of you just have to starve because of the fatties in the group!... I guess fat is more offensive in this social experiment than putting a child at risk of rickets or organ failure!

      October 1, 2012 at 10:06 am |
      • jamarama

        please, they are not starving. and poor kids who are relying on school lunches need fruits, veggies, protein, NOT french fries and pizza everyday. there is zero nutrition in what schools used to offer for was a bunch of junk. its not like all that is being given for lunch is an orange and a side of broccoli...they're getting sandwiches, protein like chicken, etc, AS WELL AS fruits and veggies.
        lets not make this a huge political issue. kids born in 2000 and after have a ONE IN THREE chance of being obese as a child. something needs to change.

        October 1, 2012 at 10:56 am |
      • Mike- St Pete

        II didn't note 'high tone' unless you consider the ability to support the children you bore 'high toned'. I guess i'm high-toned. My wife and I supported, and brought up together, all three of our problem.

        October 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
      • topfuel500

        Our mom deserted us when we were small kids leaving dad to take care of us. Dad had no less than 2 jobs at a time raising 4 kids and a paying a mortgage,we certainly were not well off. We always made our own lunches and never had any problems, my sisters and I were always involved in sports I ran cross country for 3 years and track and field events. We always planned ahead we never relied on anyone to do things for us, but then most of us were like that back in the 50's and 60's.

        October 1, 2012 at 11:58 am |
      • Guest

        @jamarama. When a healthy 12 year old player who is given only 1 oz of protein & 1 cup of low fat milk for lunch reports his weight has dropped from 160 pounds down to 140 pounds in under 1 1/2 months that is a red flag warning. Overweight players will convert the extra mass to muscle & actually gain in lean muscle weight at the start of a season. His rapid drop in weight is a sign he has begun to consume his lean muscle tissue to fuel his body(Livestrong site ref). This is true malnourishment by starvation, & can end in heart or liver failure. You need to go back to health class & try to stay awake this time.

        October 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  11. max3333444555

    tofu and soybeans.


    October 1, 2012 at 7:32 am |
  12. llmasucci

    I'm sorry, but these quotes are just idiotic. Several people are complaining that the football players aren't getting enough food, so the solution is to give every student a lunch with enough calories to sustain a linebacker? When I was in high school, the athletes bought two lunches to accommodate their higher caloric needs. It's pretty sad that we're raising students with this almost complete lack of common sense. They are burning thousands of calories at practice, but think they should be able to eat the same lunch as non-athletes and magically feel full? If the students can't afford it, perhaps the football team's booster club should buy some snacks for after-school practice.

    October 1, 2012 at 7:19 am |
    • ohioan

      I have a teenage athlete (girls volleyball, basketball, track) and she packs her lunch. On game and practice days, she takes an extra sandwich to eat right after school so she has the energy needed for practice. On game days us parents take turns bringing apples and string cheese for after the game.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Guest

      They are providing these kids less food at a higher price AND not allowing them to purchase more than 1 oz of protein & 1 cup of low fat milk for the lunch meal before their practice in middle school. Any active child(walking 3 miles a day) requires 1 oz of protein per 10 pounds of body weight every day. Football requires an even higher intake than that. A 12 year old reported his weight dropped from 160 to 140 pounds in 1 1/2 months on this "health food".
      Here is another example; My 12 year old 90 pound 5' 3" girl runs cross country. She must consume at least 6 oz of protein & 3 cups of whole milk BEFORE afternoon practice just to keep from losing weight( she must consume 9 oz & 5 cups of milk per day). Since that boy weighed 160 pounds he should have consumed at least 10 oz of protein & as much milk as my daughter before practice. His daily need is 16 oz of protein & 6 cups of milk a day due to a heavier frame. No wonder his weight dropped so fast... He is consuming his own muscles to satisfy his energy output!
      That is highly dangerous, & can lead to heart or liver failure(Livestrong site for reference).
      Under these conditions my child would rapidly start to consume her own muscle mass to fuel her energy needs too. I do not think having "snacks at practice" will make up for the equivalent of skipping the nutrition for an entire meal, nor will filling up on veggies that are low in protein. This is totally dumb. There are going to be some really sick(or dead) kids if this is not removed. I am thankful my daughter's school is not federally mandated. She is already under weight for her size & has asthma. This program would kill her within a month.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:30 am |
      • llmasucci

        If your child runs cross country, it should be self-evident that she will need more calories in order to fuel that activity. If your children engage in an extra-curricular activity, that is your job as a parent to supply them with those additional needed calories. We certainly can't feed every child hundreds of additional calories because of those few children who are burning extra. My daughter is on the swim team, and we feed her the fuel she needs for practice. If she is hungry after practice, she eats again (at our expense, not the taxpayers'). I certainly don't depend on a school lunch to provide her needs for the day.

        October 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  13. unowhoitsme

    The government gives these kids "fake food" food that can stay on a shelf for years. Read the labels. They are all filled with chemicals, perservatives, food coloring...most of which isn't food, and then we wonder why kids get cancer? Pack a nutrious lunch for your kids and stop relying on the government to 'feed' your kids a healthy meal. It's never going to happen, because of 'the budget'. And we wonder why American eduation ranks 28th in the world? How can kids think without the proper food?!

    October 1, 2012 at 6:47 am |
  14. Me

    Most of the schools I attended didn't have cafeterias, and most that did didn't use them. Most didn't have an eating area either. Our parents packed our lunch and we usually ate out on the grass or wherever on the school grounds. They did allow you to order lunch in elementary school, but it was cooked elsewhere, came in a bag, and was usually something like pizza, tatertots, carrots, and milk. I preferred the lunch my mom packed.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:34 am |
  15. alex

    This is a very simple situation. We do not need school lunch reform. We need better education that will help our students make the right choices. Every growing child SHOULD know which foods are healthy and which are not. Education is obviously lacking when children would rather eat junk food and play video games instead of eating healthy foods and exercising. Give them the choices and let Darwin take care of the rest.

    October 1, 2012 at 1:03 am |

    america really is apualling. huge amount of obesity, you need to eat less. these kids won't starve to death, it'll do 'em good to not be stuffed at lunch, i'm sure they make up for it with breakfast and dinner anyway. and supper. and chips. and candy.

    September 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Me

      Just because a few kids are overweight doesn't mean most of them are. In fact, most of them aren't, and need more calories than these school lunches supply.

      October 1, 2012 at 3:35 am |
      • Leo

        If it were just a "few" kids, it wouldn't be a national problem. The simple fact is that 1/3 of children in the USA are overweight or obese. That's NOT just a "few" kids. This is a major issue. It's going to impact everything from the future of health care (massive increase in costs) to national security (young people are too fat to join the military). No, these kids aren't starving. They need smaller portions of healthier food.

        October 1, 2012 at 7:17 am |
    • Guest

      UK.. I think you need to look at your countries obesity problem!

      October 1, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Guest

      For some of these kids this might be the ONLY meal they get that day. Food banks here are closing their doors to the poor several times a week now, because their shelves are empty. Families are going hungry. It would be a better idea to put those obese children in nutrition & exercise programs rather than removing nutritional support from the truly needy who will be harmed by it..

      October 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Crikey!

      Tip Top old bean! You're right as rain on that Guvna! Perhaps we should give them all a Ploughman's Lunch to solve the fat problem!


      October 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  17. f4xtrafn

    Kids need to consume the CORRECT number calories to balance what they burn on an individual basis. Make the selection healthy, but don't limit the portion (within reason).

    September 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • ecobgreen

      From what I understand, if they are hungry they can go back for seconds of fruits and vegetables. Is that correct?

      October 1, 2012 at 4:41 am |
      • Guest

        The lunch protein for a 13 year old is limited to 1 oz & milk is limited to one cup. Fruits & vegetables do not provide a child who requires large amounts of nutrients for a growth surge with the amino acids & protein they need to build lean muscle mass.
        Plus it would take them an entire afternoon & a bushel basket to eat enough vegetables to compensate for the milk they are not allowed to purchase now. Without adequate amounts of these essentials; it is unlikely they will form healthy muscles, organs, or bones. Teens can become severely malnourished quite quickly on this diet.

        October 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  18. matt bartlett


    September 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Ryan

      The food is so terrible.. and the portions so small;)

      September 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Ryan

      The food is so terrible.. and the portions so small

      September 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  19. Lauren

    I am in high school, and when we eat lunch they give us the option of free milk or sweet tea, but we have to pay for any other drink. This is really a problem when someone like me, who doesn't like the often spolied cartoned milk, wants to drink water and has to pay an extra dollar just to have it.

    September 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • kt

      Do they no longer have water fountains in schools?

      September 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Leo

      You have to pay for water? Really? You can't bring a water bottle and fill it at the fountain like normal people? Are you too good for water fountains? (I'm an adult, I work in an office, and I bring a bottle to work and refill it at the water fountain. Get over yourself and your wasteful bottled water.)

      October 1, 2012 at 7:20 am |
      • L

        When my kids were in school they were not allowed to bring in a water bottle.

        October 1, 2012 at 8:06 am |
      • A

        We weren't allowed to bring in a bottle for water at my school either (approx 10 years ago).

        October 1, 2012 at 8:43 am |
      • M

        We also were not allowed to bring in bottles of water at my high school either. That was a really condescending message Leo..

        October 1, 2012 at 9:53 am |
      • school tech

        water bottles banned some time ago as unknown substances being brought in and drank.

        October 1, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  20. mrtheking

    All my school has done has been to make the portion smaller and to change the hash-browns to sweet potato fries. I find that the smaller portion makes no difference but to make us end up hungrier than we were earlier. If the government truly wants to change out school lunch for the better, they need to start a reform from the ground-up, beginning with the ingredients the food is made of. So far all they have done is make puny changes that are largely insignificant and affect students negatively rather than positively.

    September 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  21. LBF

    Seems to me there are two choices – take it or leave it. The school system should not have to provide meals. I brown bagged it my hole life & still do. If kids don't have food at home then they need to shut the hell up and eat what is on their plate. Parents, it is your job to provide for your own kids or teach them to be greatful for handouts.

    September 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Carolyn

      LBF....your "HOLE" life? Seems you missed some of that education you went to school for. Maybe if you had been eating nutritious school lunches, you may have been better prepared to learn.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
      • Tara


        September 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
      • LBF

        Funny – my mistake, never claimed to be perfect.

        October 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  22. Sassy

    Could everyone please stop arguing? This is a place where you should be able to express your opinion freely (without offending anyone to those of you calling everyone a "dummy") Also according to wikipedia ( vegetarians have enough nutrition. It just kind of offended me how little people know about vegetarians.

    September 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • max3333444555

      yeah. inflicting that whole vegetarian thing on kids... are they in prison or school? or maybe we dont know the difference any more?

      October 1, 2012 at 1:16 am |
  23. Moke Harris

    All these little brats need to know what it is like to NOT have ANY food to eat and then they would be more appreciative for ANY food they get! I am so sick of kids/teens thinking the world owes them something when they just demand more and more.

    September 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Thomas

      Idiot. Just because some misfortunate go without doesn't mean us students who burn calories walking several miles betwen buildings each day, or un the practice field, and even sitting in a desk thinking, ahould have to make a meal off a cup of macaroni with peaches and an apple.

      September 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Z

      School lunch was also not free.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Me

      Actually they don't. They deserve decent food and a sufficient amount of it. Just because you're a miserable person doesn't mean everyone else has to be miserable.

      October 1, 2012 at 3:38 am |
    • Steve

      Many of the students at my school only eat when they attend school. So they also get a breakfast here as well. We also have a summer lunch program for the kids too. I don't wish to think about how many kids wouldn't eat over summer if we didn't have the program. I also coach the softball tam and often cover meals for my players that can't afford to buy dinner on the way home from games.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:33 am |
      • Steve


        October 1, 2012 at 11:34 am |
      • Guest

        You are a good man, Steve. Those kids are lucky to have a coach like you.

        October 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  24. HexiMom

    For all of those suggesting students "simply" bring a lunch from home, I suppose you aren't familiar with the student who did just that and because the school deemed her lunch, which consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips — “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines.” They threw the lunch away.... Gave her a "proper" school provided lunch (chicken nuggets, an apple, a roll and chocolate milk)....and billed her mother.

    September 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • Z

      What in the world is this? I've really never heard of something so ridiculous.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • Anahka

      Total bs, what school? Where, and when? I want facts.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
      • crella

        Not BS at all , here's the link-

        September 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Ann

      If I were the parent, I'd send a bill right back to the school for the perfectly good lunch they threw away.

      October 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  25. Samantha

    I am a junior in high school and over the years at my school the food gets worse and worse. I love whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, and prefer healthy food, but I don't get those at school. Most of our fruit is canned or old. Our vegetables when fresh(not canned) are wilted and brown. We don't receive whole grains, we get wheat that is very stale. I do pack my lunch everyday just to get enough nutrition for my body. Also many students rely on that meal at school because they don't get it at home. My best friend is in football and p.e and he is always hungry due to his activities and his growing body. I don't think you people who say to pretty much get over it understand what a teenage body is like.

    September 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Chris

      Your right, the adults here don't understand what a teenagers body is like... lol. That was sarcasm.

      September 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Leo

      Riiiight... we adults have NEVER been teenagers ourselves. We weren't athletes in high school who burned through tons of calories playing sports. We've been adults all of our lives and don't know what it's like to be a teenager.

      Kid, get over yourself. You're right that the lunch quality is lousy, but don't pretend that your generation is the first to be teenagers. No, you're just the first generation to have a 1/3 childhood obesity rate. Yes, the food needs to be healthier. No, you're not starving. And if you feel like the school food isn't good enough, you can do what I did – bring your own lunch from home. I ran cross country and played basketball and baseball. I didn't think the school food was adequately nutritious, so I packed my own lunch. Stop expecting everything to be handed to you.

      October 1, 2012 at 7:30 am |
    • Guest

      A lot of these turkeys have "oldtimers". They forget how THEIR parents had trouble feeding them when they were teens. After all; first their parents had to go out & hunt that dinosaur, right 😉
      It IS hard to keep ahead of your body's building needs when you are literally growing overnight. I feel that It would be better for them to drop this program, put the obese kids in a nutrition/exercise class, & give the other kids more food!
      I have a 12 year old who just grew 8 inches this Summer, & we are having to find nutrient dense foods to get her fat & muscle weight back up before Winter, so she can resist the viruses everyone always passes around this year. I nearly hit someone who said she should be on no fat milk when she does not even have enough body fat to be healthy. People have become absolutely obsessed with this low fat diet garbage.
      Keep protesting! This school lunch is aimed at forcing the 1/3 of obese kids to lose weight. It is not fair to the normal weight kids, & it is a really rotten thing to do to the ones who go hungry at home.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  26. Jenn

    I work for a school district that prides ourselves on feeding kid healthy food. No added sugars, high fructose, no trans fats, brown rice and all breads and pasta are whole wheat. We even have an all you can eat fresh fruits and veggies bar. But the kids do no take the fruits and veggies. Any that are put on the plate end up in the trash. They do not like whole wheat anything and they are made we do not sell sweets like cookies. I understand some of the for profit companies school districts use are producing a inferior product to make there profit margin's. So parents need to find out what there schools are doing. Are they using a for profit? Most large districts do. But not all schools are putting bad products on the children's plates. So children just do not want the healthy options they want the processed junk food.

    September 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • brennaA

      The "fruits" and "veggies" that are given to us are fake. That is why we do not take them. They either taste disgusting, or have no taste at all. The government needs to stop tryinng to make us eat certain ways, for it is getting very annoying! what has ever happened to our own personal rights? what are they gonna try do next?

      September 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
      • Chris

        They are going to feed millions of high school kids. What are you going to do? Try fixing your grammar before you bash the people that feed you.

        September 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Anne

      It is very hard to make children and adolescents eat vegetables, whole wheat pasta or bread, boiled or baked food instead of fried when there are so many very tasty but very unhealthy food surrounding them.
      It is a very big responsibility of the parents to make their children get to used to healthy food from a very early age.
      Also it is a very big responsibilty of the government to control the ingredients taht go into food sold on supermarket shelves.
      For example why MSG is still allowed in food? Or why E-something preservatives are still allowed in foods even though there so many questions about them causing cancer?
      Why are products with high fructose sugar allowed to be sold to children even though we know that high fructose is extremely harmful to the body????
      I really apreciate goverment's effort to serve healthy food at schools. Though it seems that the content needs to be improved. Parents should support this movement if they love their children!

      October 1, 2012 at 2:57 am |
  27. Jim

    I was in high school back in 1957-1961. We boycotted school lunches and called it "Bag Day" because of a bad lunch which made everyone sick, including teachers who ate the school lunch that day. I photographed and printed a bag with "Hooray for Bag Day" written in crayon on it. Then developed and printed a couple dozen small ones plus a few 5×7's for the bulletin board. The small ones were carefully cut out and had a taped safety pin on back which could be worn as a badge for friends to wear. The principal never did find out I did that thankfully!

    September 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  28. radiostarkiller

    Isn't it common sense to just make a lunch if the school lunch isn't satisfactory? As someone who qualified for free lunches at school, I got really sick of it after awhile and just settled for making my own lunch. If you know the school lunch is garbage, just make your own at home the night before or in the morning. It seriously isn't hard to slap together a decent sandwich with some vegetables and fruit as sides.

    September 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Tara

      It kind of is; you obviously are not a student. Most kids that "pack" their lunch don't, their moms do, and my mom can't waste time in the morning packing me and my siblings a lunch, and I don't expect her to. This kid is right on, he sees a problem at his school and trys to fix it; he doesn't hide behind the "packed lunch philosophy."

      September 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
      • kt

        Kids that are old enough to comment on CNN are old enough to help there mother out by making lunches for yourself and your siblings.

        September 30, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
      • Ann

        Hear, hear, kt. Tara, make your own lunch. Your mother is not your servant.

        October 1, 2012 at 10:32 am |
      • ohioan

        My kids pack their own lunch and have since kindergarten. At first, I helped out and made sure they packed healthy and now that they are older (9, 11, 13, 15) I do random inspections to make sure they're packing healthy. I'm usually in the kitchen having my morning coffee while they are packing so I see what they pack. It's cheap, easy, fast and you KNOW what they are eating.

        October 1, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  29. owen

    school lunches are awful they are small and leave us hungry most kids will just pack their lunch or bring stuff from home to make their lunch complete or kids will buy stuff from stores near there school or if they can drive you can bet they're getting fast food most kids pack at my school now michele obama thinks this will stop childhood obesity but in all reality it will probably make it go up ! ! !

    September 30, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  30. Greg

    If you don't like the school lunch....DON'T EAT IT!!! Sorry parents,but the state is under no obligation to feed your kids (healthy food or not) while they're at school. It's bad enough that as a childless adult, my tax dollars go to fund YOUR kids education, but it truly sickens me that you people are trying to spend MORE tax dollars to susbsidize feeding your kids while they're away from home. I tell you what, YOU wnated to have kids so why don't YOU buy their food, YOU pack their lunch, and YOU be responsible for their health and welfare. Oh my God, an adult being responsible for themself and their offspring? What a concept!

    September 30, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Sheryl


      Who do you think paid taxes for YOU to go to school? I guess you didn't learn much!

      September 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Anahka

      How am I supposed to buy cigarettes if I have to start packing lunches. You see, you have no idea how the government dole really works. I have a whole mess of kids to different men, then I get like 450 dollars a month to feed them on this cool credit card. So I hook up with people who have money and say, if you give me 75 dollars cash, Ill go to the store and buy you 125 dollars worth of groceries. Then with that 75 dollars I can buy booze, cigarettes and get that new tramp stamp of jesus riding a unicorn. I can get like 300 dollars in real cash using that 450 from the gubment.

      Next month, I already got a new laptop picked out so I can start my own internet bizness. Its really getting annoying when my kids come home hungry and expect me to feed them.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • Xander

      You know, it really is a shame that you have to pitch a bit of money into a system that protects you and your freedom to say ignorant statements like this, Greg. I, of course, share the pain you feel that I might have to educate the people who will be putting their hard-earned money into social security. Clearly the fact that you and I aren't the point around which the entire U.S. financial system revolves shows a need for violent revolt. Viva la Greg and Xander!

      October 1, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • Me


      Most of these kids pay for school lunches. And if you have a beef about your tax money going to educate young Americans who are not your own children, then you should probably up and move to a country that doesn't have free, compulsory education. You can see how wonderful life is there. An educated country is a prosperous country, and so you benefit by paying to send other people's kids to school.

      October 1, 2012 at 3:41 am |
  31. Adam

    "What is that? Whaa whaa whaa." Hmm, the first one looks like a decent breakfast made up of (a) a banana, (b) a scrambled egg, (c) some tater tots, and (d) a pancake. And it all looks pretty good to me. The second one looks like some type of asian noodle dish you would pay a lot for in first class on an airline. So, uh, remind me again – what the **** are you kids complaining about? When I was in middle school the pizza had "cheese flavored topping" that looked like plastic and came in a strange trapezoid shape from a factory punch. It was literally like prison food. Why don't you worry about the fact that your college education might cost you a quarter-million dollars at the rate we are going right now.

    September 30, 2012 at 4:10 am |
    • Anahka

      Well if they treat school lunches like special education, all we will be eating is some tasteless, gluten free hypo allergenic cube of gelatin. We cant have the special kids feel bad that they cant eat meat or french fries like all the other kids.
      I mean they already force regular education teachers to meet the special needs of students at the expense of the other kids education, why wouldn't nutrition be any different.

      September 30, 2012 at 5:47 am |
      • Shelly

        Hey! Gluten free is a lot better tasting now! I'll bet it tastes better than what they're serving in schools. My daughter is quite thin and loves to eat but even she wouldn't get a school lunch if she had a choice between that and lunch from home. Would you eat bad food from the cafeteria at your job if it tasted bad or had no taste at all? Most people don't.

        September 30, 2012 at 6:37 am |
    • unsan

      Why are we taxpayers supplimenting breakfasts anyway!! Second point. if you doing like what you're being fed then get up 10 minutes earlier and make your own lunch. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!!

      September 30, 2012 at 10:45 am |
      • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

        We are providing free or reduced price meals to kids in economic need. A good chunk of that is paid for by the federal government. My daughter (a 5th grade student) brings in lunch from home just about every day for two reasons: one – our family income is high enough that she doesn't receive a subsidy; two – most of the meals I wouldn't serve to our cat. She gets a "treat" of a school lunch only once every couple of weeks, depending on the menu and her behavior, or if everyone oversleeps and I hadn't made a sandwich or salad for her the night before.

        September 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Z

      I'd say get rid of school sponsored food in general, so that kids get what they want to eat (without the school intervening) and that both kids and taxpayers won't have to complain.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  32. pack a lunch, dummy

    aw boo hoo on one hand "the government shouldn't tell us how to eat" yet you want food provided for you because some don't have food at home. And then "it's so disgusting" but "they don't give us enough". How 'bout pack your own sh-t, you freeloading whiners I'm sure mommy will make you the perfect lunch. You won't even have to get up early or do it the night before because Your. Life. Is. SO. Hard. Have a great time complaining now because nobody wants to hear it when you're out of high school. I'M GOING TO HAVE A GOOD CRY FOR YOU. Learn to nuke your own ramen noodles cos that's what you get in college!

    September 30, 2012 at 2:06 am |
  33. clarence

    i think students should be getting more food not less because some kids dont even have food at home

    September 30, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • Guest

      Here is a solution to the obesity problem. More exercise!. Enroll all the obese kids in nutrition/ exercise class!

      October 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  34. G. Gentry

    There are many, many children for which lunch maybe the most food they eat during the day. These children from homes that are in crisis financially on a daily basis do need a larger meal at lunch time, and having an extra apply or carrot sticks isn't going to be enough. Mrs. Obama is correct in trying to get children to eat more healthy, but in the case of the financially disadvantaged children, they simply need more food that will stick to their stomachs longer.

    September 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • kt

      And what you've described is the kind of thinking that has resulted in poverty being a major predictor for obesity.

      September 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  35. Tony G

    I am in highschool. The lunch at our school and all across the county is gross and disgusting. We often get our food thrown on our place as if we are dogs. The food is disgusting and we have pizza every single day. I feel like we are at boot camp because we have to pay 1.25 for french fries. (WHICH IS A NEW THING THIS YEAR). I have a restriction on my account that says i cant buy excess food. So All I Have is a nasty slice of pizza and a tiny thing of orange juice. School Lunch is disgusting and it is upsetting. I am not in any sports what so ever but i dont see why we have to eat baby portions. I Can see if we were in elementary school. But we are in Middle and Highschool and you have 14,15, 16,17, and even 18 yr olds eating baby portions. I wish Mrs. Obama would cut these things. I Understand obesity in younger kids but they should let us have fruit cups or they should have fruit bowls or something that looks appetizing. I am fed up with school lunches and often have to bring a bag of chips to last me through out the day because the lunch was small and disgusting. I hope the goverment changes This before thanksgiving ASAP.

    September 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Logan

      I completely agree. They (the government) should let students eat until they are full, so that they don't have to starve. I am also appalled by the price of the food there. If the food is so expensive, then that just strenghtens the arguement that people can't just keep coming back to buy more and more food. I realive that high schoolers have some money to spend, but they shouldn't have to spend at school on their lunches. I also agree that if they are going to make it expensive, they should make it good. And you aren't even in any sports. By your description of the meals, I feel sorry for the people actually in sprots. I was homecschooled through my schooling, so I don't know much about portion sizes, but if you are right, than there is something wrong with the people making the meals. Michelle Obama has n right on what you or any other school children eat. I do hope that something changes in the government, with either a sudden change of heart, or some people getting voted out.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
      • feelgreen

        Good thing you were homeschooled because that spelling and grammar is not the greatest. Parents obviously can't teach everything, and making good food choices is something that most Americans need help with. People are also used to huge portions, so a properly proportioned meal may seem like nothing when it is really just the right amount. People to not need to feel stuffed after every meal, and they do not need to overeat. The kids who depend on school lunch as there only meal should be given breakfast by the school and an end of day snack or meal. The system with never be perfect, but I think it is moving in the right direction.

        September 30, 2012 at 4:37 am |
      • Xander

        Logan, I have to respectfully disagree with your point about people in power making a decision on what is served in schools. To keep down costs, the lunches need to be standardised. However, I will concede that higher cost should coincide with higher quality food. Additionally, if it makes you feel better, feelgreen appears to be a pseudo-intellectual who believes that in a debate of ideas, the major defining factor of a points validity is grammar, despite his/her lack of it.

        October 1, 2012 at 1:17 am |
      • Logan

        Thank you. I won't argue your points, because they make complete sence, and are very well put together.

        October 1, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  36. that dude

    well if one lunch doesnt satisfy, buy another. articles like this just make people sound stupid, or bring your own food to add on to what is given at school, i was once in highschool, and it was in the last 5 years, it hasnt changed that much

    September 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Careajean

      DUDE!!! didn't you read? They are not allowed to go back and buy anything else at lunch.

      September 30, 2012 at 1:24 am |
      • pack a lunch, dummy

        Dude!! Bag a sandwich! You don't have to buy food, or wait for it to appear on a tray! You can actually make things! In the comfort of your own home! IT'S TRULY AMAZING!

        September 30, 2012 at 2:09 am |
  37. Craig

    I just don't see why the quality of the food seems to drops as the prices rise. The food providers know people will buy what is offered because they have to eat, but the selections of my high school lunches are now more limited and more expensive.

    September 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  38. Elana

    As a young teen I realize that yes, sometimes students can be picky and scared to try new foods that have been introduced to us via school lunch.In the recent weeks of school with the portion control aspect of these new school lunch laws it makes it very hard for a large amount of students to actually become full off of the school lunch provided to us. I think that the portion control makes it hard for students because we get small portions of fruits and veggies and a lot of the time the lunch entrees aren't appetizing at all. Not every student can afford to buy extra entrees and sides so they just pack their lunch. I believe that if students REALLY want to change their school lunch instead of complaining they could come of with a list of healthy foods that other student as well as themselves find appetizing.

    September 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • pack a lunch, dummy

      yes, lunch is so scary. Poor baby pudding puffs how ever will they manage?

      September 30, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  39. me

    Make your own lunch and take it to school. End of problem.

    September 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • pack a lunch, dummy


      September 30, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  40. MiMi

    Please explain how school lunch is a hand out and paid for by taxes? If I have to send money every week for my granddaughters to eat lunch and breakfast then it isn't a hand out. It is a service that I pay for therefore I should have some input as to what that service should provide. Since the changes to the menus, portions etc. my granddaughters have opted to take lunch everyday that way they actually get edible food and in portions that they prefer. As for all the so-called adults chiming in with their wonderfully sarcastic and caustic comments....may your children learn empathy, sympathy and understanding from someone who can obviously teach them those traits as their parents seem to be lacking in that area.

    September 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Chris

      Everyone wants "input" on what is served. Does anyone understand that if we all had input then the menu would be out of control. Millions of kids go to school every day, and we don't have the time or resources to comply to every ones wishes on what they want to eat. Your input can be best used by making a lunch and eating it. Go to the store by healthy foods and you will find the weekly price difference is marginal. Think outside the box instead of gripping inside of it.

      September 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
  41. Olivia

    At my school we get three choices. Most choices taste gross and I have a sport after school so I'm always hungry because the portions are always so small. My parents buy me snacks at the store which is good because how else would I keep my energy up until 6 oclock? I can't imagine what kids who don't get enough to eat anyway feel like at the end of the day.

    September 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Chris

      Why do all these kids thing that the government should pay for the energy they use in EXTRACURRICULAR activities?!

      September 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
      • Xander

        Well you see, Chris, you ignorant schmuck, these "kids", as you derisively term them, think that the government should provide the energy consumed in their extracurricular activities because they are not only provided by the government, but they are actively encouraged. Also, if the goal of these changed portion sizes is to reduce obesity, shouldn't exercise, like that which comes from these extracurriculars, be part of that?

        P.S: That's a rhetorical question. The answer is yes.

        October 1, 2012 at 1:28 am |
  42. Velvis

    Too bad we have to be politically correct, just give the smaller portions to the fat kids.

    September 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Guest

      The overweight kids need a combination of smaller portions & exercise classes to build lean muscle. Putting healthy kids on this unbalanced diet will harm them physically, especially the athletes. The lack of protein will keep teens from experiencing normal muscle growth. The heart is a muscle. I think that says it all. This is a forced shift into a non sustainable faddish dietary lifestyle. There is a good reason why studies show vegans & vegetarians live the shortest lifespans.

      September 29, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
      • guest

        could you supply a link or some kind of reference to that study?

        September 30, 2012 at 2:17 am |
      • pack a lunch, dummy

        Yeah just ignore the fact that red meat is linked to stomach and colon cancer. Vegetarians are so unhealthy. It's all those indigestible lentils and high cholesterol apples.

        September 30, 2012 at 2:36 am |
      • Guest

        Ignore the fact that growing students require the amino acids found only in meat. An ounce for every 10 pounds of body weight per day to construct the lean muscle they need to be ACTIVE. The mandate limiting them to two ounces is starvation for their muscles. How many poor children on free lunches will be unable to keep up in varsity. They lose their futures when they fail to win a scholarship to college. Undernutrition(Livestrong) causes a reduction in lean muscle as the body structures are broken down to supply daily energy needs. Permanent organ damage can result from prolonged exposure to this loss of intake(Most of the year for up to 12 years of school). Athletes are particularly vulnerable during growth as organs(like the heart valves) are still developing, putting them at risk for heart or liver failure. That athlete on here who reported losing 20 pounds of his 160 pounds in the past 1 1/2 month, & is now unable to function as well, is a prime example. We will all reap the results of this faddish idiocy. Forcing HEALTHY ACTIVE children onto starvation diets because there are obese ones among them is stupid. Treat the obese & inactive.

        October 1, 2012 at 5:26 am |
    • miss tang

      If that's how it should be, they should have given more education to you – the stupid kid.

      September 30, 2012 at 6:24 am |
  43. Sam

    School lunches tasting bad? Good to hear that things haven't changed in 20 years!

    September 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • pack a lunch, dummy

      HA! Suckers!

      September 30, 2012 at 2:18 am |
  44. ImpishLisa

    it is revolting the banana peel is touching the eggs. Cross contamination, anyone?

    September 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • miss tang

      I was too busy noticing that it is one over ripe banana on that tray. That plate looks disgusting.

      September 30, 2012 at 6:26 am |
  45. Bethany

    I am in my last year of high school, and I can say that my school's lunches have changed for the worse. We are given very little ( in my opinion ) to eat. We have a main dish, and a few fruits and veggies to choose from. I would be all for this IF the quality of the fruits and veggies were any good. The fruit tastes old, or salty even sometimes. The veggies taste like steamed water. I go home or bring in my own lunch now, but I've noticed only the kids with free and reduced lunch really buy the lunch anymore.

    September 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  46. anon

    wow school lunches taste bad?!?! if you don't like your government subsidized school lunches why not just bring your own food. stop complaining

    September 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Logan

      Food that is served there shouldn't be controlled by the adults. Every one is saying, bring your own lunch, but if most students don't like the food being served, then they should change it. Why should the majority have to bring a lunch, if they are part of the majority? Why can't the people who want to be healthy just bring healthy food? And if you are going to say that there is a terrible problem with obesity, then stop thinking about it. But out. It isn’t your problem. Sure, the government will have to pay for heart problems in the future, but they pay for condoms, so why shouldn't they pay for anti-obesity pills. It isn't right to deny one persons pleasure, and then pay for someone else’s.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
      • pack a lunch, dummy

        Shouldn't be controlled by "the adults"? Now taking bets! How long will it take for school lunches to become Skittles and fries with a large mountain dew slurpee? Get a haircut, hippy.

        September 30, 2012 at 2:33 am |
      • feelgreen

        The taxpayers are acutally the ones who will cover the bills for all the health problems and hospital stays that could have been prevented if everyone wasn't so damn fat. The government doesn't make it's own money, it collects it from the citizens. I would rather pay to give kids healthy food to eat than let them eat crap and pay millions for their surguries and medications and er visits and ambulance rides. It's also gross. People should have respect for themselves and want to be their best and look and feel it too.

        September 30, 2012 at 6:07 am |
      • miss tang

        @feelgreen – in other words, you are perfect and everyone should feel and be like you. Not very intelligent or realistic now, are you?

        September 30, 2012 at 6:29 am |
      • Logan

        So feelgreen, by your standards, we should ban alcohol and tobacco and cigarettes, and the government should go into your house and make sure that they brush their teeth and comb your hair, so that people aren’t as disgusting to you? And who are you to judge how people feel about themselves? The government doesn’t have the power to force their way into the way anyone eats, or enjoys themselves. I completely agree with you that it should be the taxpayers who control the meals served. The school council should have control over what is served, and not someone far away in an office building, which, if you are reading this pack a lunch, dummy, is what I meant by the adults.
        P.S. Since I’m homeschooled, I didn’t notice the grammar mistakes you made, because my parents couldn’t teach me everything. If you want to right peoples wrongs when ti comes to grammar, it helps to not make mistakes.

        September 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  47. Ms. Jonas 8th grade class

    My class agreed that they see a big difference in their lunches. They say they dont get enough food to eat. They are tired of being hungry and sick at the end of the day. Even the one person who barely eats anything says there isnt enough food that actually tastes good.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Mary

      So tell your students to go back for seconds on fruits and vegetables. That is allowed.

      September 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
      • Aaron

        Wow, that's really you're answer? These kids have just enough time to get their food, eat it, and go back to class. They do not have time to go back through the line. The obesity problem in America is coming from lack of exercise and non-stop access to carbs/sweets at home. This new lunch program has got to go. Just one step closer to bread lines Comrade.

        September 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
      • Elana

        Mary, these days everything at lunch has to be paid for (well at least at my school) even codiments such as ketchup, mustard and mayo cost students money, and not every student has the money to buy extra fruits and veggies.

        September 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • pack a lunch, dummy


      September 30, 2012 at 2:30 am |
      • miss tang

        No need to scream, dummy.

        September 30, 2012 at 6:30 am |
  48. Ms. Jonas 8th grade class

    My class agreed that they see a big difference in their lunches. They say they dont get enough food to eat. They are tired of being hungry and sick at the end of the day.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  49. Stilla

    I am the nurse at the school and at the begining of the year, i had so many people coming to me saying their stomachs hurt. The school is wasting money on food being trown away and pills for upset stomachs. The new change in the lunches is both goid and bad, but mostly bad. With the money spent on food and pills, the buget for the teachers will eventually go down.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  50. Allison

    At my school, more people have heen going to the nurse because their stokachs hurt. Sometimes, later on in the day, I ask them if they had a school lunch. They usually say yes and for every person that says yes I then ask them if it filled them up. Everytime it always leads to a no. Their stomachs hurt because its not used to the lack of food they get. Its very bad for peiple to go on a diet like that. Their bodies need time to get used to it so that they dont get as hungary.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • pack a lunch, dummy

      Stay in school. You need to pay attention in writing class.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:21 am |
      • Xander

        Wow! Your stunning riposte has left everyone dazzled! Next time you make a comment, try to limit it to the subject at hand, that being portion sizes for school lunch, you dunce.

        October 1, 2012 at 1:38 am |
  51. Emily

    The government is trying to make people less fat but that is their choice if they want tob. Like that or not. They should make the whole school starve because they want to stop obesety rates. Instead of lowering the rates they are making people become annorexic. If the person wants to change their ways, then they will its not the governments choice for them

    September 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • feelgreen

      Charge the obese higher tax rates and put the extra $ in a plan that would pay their bills. Then it wouldn't be a governmental problem to end obesity.

      September 30, 2012 at 6:11 am |
  52. Emily

    The government is trying to make people less fat but that is their choice if they want tob. Like that or not. They should make the whole school starve because they want to stop obesety rates. Instead of lowering the rates they are making people become annorexic.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  53. KB

    The biggest problem that I gather from this article is not the lack of food in lunches, but the appalling lack of writing skills from our students. Some of the comments make these students sound like they speak English as a second language, or they are completely illiterate. "I cringe at the percentage of American obesity be 2030." Either CNN needs to proof-read, or our high schools teach writing skills even more poorly than when I was there.

    September 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • pack a lunch, dummy


      September 30, 2012 at 2:21 am |
  54. AJ

    The school lunches are not spoiled, or gross at my school.

    September 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  55. AmericanDirt

    The food looks gross, I would bet prisoner eat better food then growing children. My wife prepares our boys lunch,
    "They never complain and I would bet the food the schools provide is by the cheapest bidder to save money.

    September 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • pack a lunch, dummy

      You should win a prize for figuring out a) capitalism and b) what to do about it.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  56. dr. daneeka

    Just close the cafeterias and can the staff. Saves money. A charity can provide lunches for the kids that don't have any food and the ones that can will just bring their own food. Done.

    September 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • seejayjames

      Care to head up that charity?

      Or would you rather the ones who can afford to pay go to McDonalds?

      Great problem-solving!

      September 30, 2012 at 11:39 am |

    My husband was stationed @ camp Bucca in Iraq. Camp Bucca is (was) a holding facility for detainees. The detainees were fed better than these school lunches.By the way when there was a shortage of coffee creamers the detainees got coffee creamers not Not our service members. Alll paid for by our taxes.

    September 29, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  58. Brian

    The fattest nation on Earth claiming the portions are too small. Color me surprised! "Waaah I don't like fruits and vegetables waaaah!" Grow up. If you are still hungry, get more fruits/veggies. Good roughage. Eat the food provided, it's healthy and there is plenty to eat. Perhaps American kids have had it too long living off junkfood like pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, french fries, etc. Perhaps it's time for parents to get behind this, quit enabling self-destructive behavior in their children, and EAT A PROPER FRIGGIN' MEAL!

    September 29, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Patryk

      Yo, Brian... Eat more fruits if you're still hungry??? Really???... Check the calories on fruits and vegetables.... People think that if you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, you'll lose weight.... NO.......... You're eating MORE just to get full... Therefore, you're taking in MORE calories..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ....

      September 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
      • rhodium


        You are obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed. Calories are not the big deal here, it is where those calories come (Carbohydrates, Fats). Sugars are easy to burn, the fats though take a hell of lot more time and energy to burn. If your philosophy is true, we should be seeing a hell of a lot of fat vegetarians and vegans.

        September 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
      • pack a lunch, dummy

        YO! Stay in school bro! Pay particularly good attention in PE and health classes because you totally missed that point.

        September 30, 2012 at 2:25 am |
      • holy crap

        3500 kCals = 1 pound. Take in more calories than you burn, and you gain weight. Your body doesn't know what the difference is between carbs (4kCal/gram), protein (4kCal/gram) and fat (9kCal/gram) and can actually only use sugar (glucose) as fuel for the cells (look it up and see what happens if your brain doesn't have access to glucose). Have to burn more than we consume or we gain weight, it's that simple. We do need fat – vitamins A, D, E and K are only absorbed with fat and fat contributes to satiety, though we don't need to eat scoops of Crisco to achieve this – it can come from a regular meal. You absolutely CAN get fat from fruits high sugar content (if it doesn't get burned off, the energy gets stored) but you would likely feel full quickly from the high fiber and water content first.

        September 30, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  59. Klowiepowie

    Quit those school lunches. Let students bring their own. I guess students can have their warm meal at dinner instead of lunch.

    September 29, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • Guest

      What about the ones for whom it is their only meal of the day?Hmmm. A lot of people are homeless, & out of work. Children are a large percentage of the poor & homeless now. In some states poverty among children is 33%. That is why it matters to these kids that they are not getting enough milk & protein for proper growth.

      October 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  60. sixeightnine2

    i'd rather be talking about the lowest sat scores in 40 years than other ppls kids not eating healthier lunches i pay for. increase my school tax for the teachers, for better technology, for more sports equipment, etc, b/c i support educating every child regardless of how well off their parents are. i do not send other peoples kids to school to eat.

    September 29, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  61. Ashley

    As a child I ate free lunch, it was nasty I went most days hungry. My children don't qualify for free lunch so I pack theirs I find it cheaper. My boys came home from school the other day and told us they want to eat school lunch because it looks so good. I didn't want to let them because I remember my school days I didn't want to waste money but my husband said let them and they love it. My daughter who is in high school she eats school lunch because it's easier for her with all she has to carry. She said her school has great lunch and she is full everyday. They have a fresh fruit and salad bar, wrap station where they can make their own wraps, they have chooses like Shrimp fried rice, and other hot meals. She always gets salad bar or wrap because they are healthy. I think these few schools need to change not the program. We are a military family and have moved a lot over the years and all the schools she has been happy with the food.

    September 29, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  62. Eric

    That still looks better than my school's lunches were.

    September 29, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  63. georgebushSR

    cant have a bunch of fat potential draftees in the wake of the next crisis, get these kids used to army life early!

    September 29, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • hailey

      i don't think schools are giving enough to eat i'm in middle school and they give us the amount wee could have had in preschool! our nutrition can be chosen by our selves the school can still give us nutrition though.

      September 29, 2012 at 10:02 am |
      • laytonian

        Oh, dear.
        Hailey, are you truly in middle school?

        How about you reread what you just typed, and find all the spelling errors. The words you misspelled, you should have learned to spell before the fifth grade.

        AND....when WE are paying for the food (we = taxpayers), we DO get to say what you eat. If you want junk food, get it at home.

        September 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
      • Logan

        Well you see laytonian, when you say we, you actually mean just you. We would be completely fine if we got to choose the meals served in school, but we don't. If it were up to us, then there would be too much fighting over what was served, spearheaded by a couple of people who want control over everyone else. So since we can't do it, the kids should. It should go with the majority, and not the minority. It makes more since to have 25% of the kids bring lunch, instead of 75%. The school lunch menus need to change. Why should you care what little kids are eating. If it is about obesity, then mind your own business. It isn't your right to force feed every one, because someone else is fat.

        If you really don't believe Haley is a middle schooled child, and she is much younger then she says she is, then you are voluntarily fighting with and eight year old. So bravo, you gave a pretty good smack down... to an eight year old. So once again, Bravo.

        September 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  64. Chris

    Why doesn't the government just get kids addicted to crack. Just watch those pounds fall off!

    September 29, 2012 at 7:24 am |
    • pack a lunch, dummy

      they'll have all the energy they need for football practice!

      September 30, 2012 at 2:27 am |
    • sarahpedia

      If I could "like" this, I would.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  65. Anex

    I can understand the comments about not enough food. I know that 10 years ago when I was in high school we went most the day hungry because there wasn't enough. They essentially feed all the kids the same out of food. We were in high school and still getting a half-pint of milk like the elementary school children. Or there were times when the food was so disgusting we just couldn't eat it (by disgusting I mean old).

    The thing about changing the food to something healthy doesn't necessarily mean it has to be gross. Fresh vegetables can be very tasty. It is the quality that matters as well. While we all wanted to eat the pizza and fries in school, there were a few times (like around thanksgiving when we got a mini-thanksgiving meal) where the food was good/varied.

    September 29, 2012 at 7:10 am |
  66. Cj

    Parents have a responsibility to feed their own children, not the government nor the school. If a student is not satisfied, pack a lunch! What is the big deal?

    September 29, 2012 at 7:01 am |
    • eve

      Part of the "big deal" is the amount of school taxes most working families pay!! You would think that the schools could find a compromise of healthy food that taste good, and adequate portions.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Cam

      The Government took on the responsibility to feed the children back in 60's under Kennedy. They decided then that school lunches should be healthy and filling. The definition of healthy keeps changing though.

      September 29, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Doodlebug2222

      You are aware that most of these kids do not have free lunch and are paying for that... ummm... food.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  67. Matt

    More of todays kids crying because they dont get everything they want. How many kids in the word dont get anything to eat today at all. How many countless times in the military did I eat whatever was given to us out in the field that did not taste like food at all.. I cant even count the times. Or dinner was some hot water with chicken stock added to it..Did I cry about it.. NO I was happy just to get something to eat. People today have become to spoiled and are not thankful for what they do get. I am so feed up with crying that I want more or he got more than me.

    September 29, 2012 at 4:47 am |
    • chstaff

      Please realize that while you may have a valid argument, your poor spelling and grammar discredit it.

      September 29, 2012 at 6:41 am |
      • srobidoux

        Please realize that while you may be able to spot spelling and grammatical errors, you haven't actually shown that the argument is discredited and haven't added anything helpful to the discussion.

        September 29, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • Greg

      I agree. Although I have never been in the military , I did grow up at at time when money was very tight and you were grateful to get food. I have also visited impoverished countries and have seen the amount of malnutrition.

      Sometimes I conflict over how much we expose kids to. One part of me says help them keep their innocence after I went through some things, the other part says people in general including kids need to toughen up..

      September 29, 2012 at 6:44 am |
    • Kadee69

      I'll tell you what I'm fed up with, Matt. Adults who cannot spell worth a darn or have poor grammar. Those are all basic skills that should have been learned in elementary school. OR in your case, Matt, possibly even in the military as well. Don't give that garbage about "well I had to eat this and that out in the fields when I was in the military, did *I* cry about it? NO, I was happy to have something to eat". What a bunch of malarkey there Matt. You were in the military, you were not allowed to say anything about it, and you are also an adult. Huge differences there. We are discussing children here and them not getting enough to eat from the school lunches WE parents pay for. We parents pay for these lunches from our hard-earned money AND pay taxes as well. Every year the lunches go up & up and the kids get less food. Bunch of nonsense. Luckily our kids take food from home every day. They are not allowed to buy school lunch. We refuse to allow the idiots in the WH dictate what our kids eat, because we are their parents, and WE parent our own kids. Period.

      September 29, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • AT

      I agree – kids have always complained about food. Especially now when they get spoiled so much. My family had little money growing up, so many nights we had boiled eggs and potatoes. Fruits, being expensive, were a nice dessert treat. We weren't hardly ever eating for taste, we were eating for nourishment.

      September 29, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Doodlebug2222

      Matt – If you went to a pizza place, and paid for a slice of pizza > and they handed you a piece of bread, w/ a slice of cheese and a few pepporoni – how would you feel? Many of these teens pay for these meals, so should they not expect a bit higher quality? He is talking about mashed potatos that is watery. Even potato soup has some thickness to it. Most of what I saw in those photos was basically food that was cooked incorrect or simply was almost inedible. Now, these students stood up and decided to try to get the school to do better. This is their main choice for food selections – and think about it – we – and their parents ARE paying taxes to pay for the persons that plan these meals as well as prepare them. Shouldn't they be doing a better job?

      September 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Guest

      Poor Matt; I bet you had to walk uphill both ways to school in the snow too. Dragging your stone tablet behind you, because paper hadn't been invented yet, I'll bet(rolls eyes)!
      The school lunch program was created to provide nutritional supplementation to hungry children who did not have enough to eat for proper physical & mental development. It was not meant to be abused & turned into a faddish diet experiment, where you can have unlimited amounts of a "fashionable" type of food while being denied milk & protein for a teen's rapidly growing body.
      Speaking of horses, climb on down from the one you rode in on. You are not the only one to serve. At least you came back alive. Others did not.

      October 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  68. kamarasune

    A picture is worth more than a thousand words in this case...I would not eat that garbage either. You can bill it as healthy all day long but take a look at those pictures again and tell me that's a decent meal...for anyone...

    September 29, 2012 at 2:26 am |
    • seejayjames

      We should be wary of generalizing that picture to all cafeterias. From reading some reports, there are much better meals being introduced to many cafeterias (lots more salad bars, cooking from scratch, etc.) I think the problem comes from tight budgets and the control of the big food industries...remember how french fries was reclassified as a vegetable? Can you say "influence of the fast-food providers"?

      We do need to spend more on healthy lunches, so that kids will get a variety of food, enough of it, and they will learn to appreciate what they get and learn about nutrition in general. An education and anti-waste program would supplement this very well. If there's a budget problem, have signs that say "If you waste food, that takes money away from _____ " (sports, music, after-school programs, etc.) Kids can be a lot more "grown-up" and respectful than one might think, especially if they're given the important information!

      One other idea: eliminate trays. We do that here at our college cafeteria (which is pretty much a model of variety and health) and we estimate a waste reduction of 30%. Simple psychology: you'll put more than you can eat on a tray just because you can carry it. But if you have to get up and go back for more, you'll take less.

      September 30, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  69. ThankYouObama!

    Thats the ticket Obama sign in new laws to make American students not eat at school... Starve the American kids to dumb them down so that way America becomes full of mindless zombies..

    September 29, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • You're an idiot

      You're an idiot.

      September 29, 2012 at 1:28 am |
      • Davonskevort

        ZOMBIE foood brainsss... that food looks like jail food... if the goal is to make people like they were 20 years ago... serve the menu from 20 years ago... and it looked a heck of a lot better than those photos.

        September 29, 2012 at 3:43 am |
  70. Mary

    They are forgetting to mention that the rules only apply to school funded lunches AND that kids are free to get second helpings of fruits and vegetables. What these kids are really whining about is the fact that they aren't being given extra yummy junk food to eat.

    Kids and Student Athletes-if you're hungry then EAT YOUR VEGETABLES! Don't expect more chicken nuggets.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • Kadee69

      Mary, really, you cannot be a parent to be saying all of these things. What kid do you know that will go back for more veges out of anything?? Do YOU go back for more veges?? I highly doubt it. I know your kind, you sit on your soapbox, but you are one of the biggest hypocrites there are in general. I AM a parent of 3, and the school lunches were perfectly healthy and did NOT need anyone messing with them. The idiot in the WH needs to mind her own business and parent her own children. Leave America's kids alone and allow their own parents to parent them.

      September 29, 2012 at 10:59 am |
      • Mary

        Yeah-I have kids-twin boys. And they eat the healthy food they are given, including the vegetables that we grew in our garden this summer. Your kids must be so used to junk food and crap that they aren't familiar with vegetables. It takes effort on the part of parents to get kids to eat healthy, and its a shame that you apparently don't want to be bothered. As for Mrs. Obama trying to take care of your kids, what she is really doing is telling you that if you want the government to buy your kids lunch then they get a say in what they are eating. Good for her. They should make the same rules for welfare recipients and food stamps so they can only be used for healthy food as well.

        September 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Brian

      Mary is BANG ON here. The real whining is about the kids not getting junk food any more, and they cry to their parents about it, and many of those parents enable this kind of stupid behavior. Disgusting.

      September 29, 2012 at 11:01 am |
      • seejayjames

        Kudos to Mary. If the government pays, they have a say. Makes perfect sense.

        Not all kids want just junk food all the time. They can get used to and enjoy all kinds of foods. Again, education is the key here. The problem is the control and influence of junk-food providers, and that most junk food works on the addictive qualities of sugar, fat, and salt. We think it's good because of the first "bang" we get when eating it. Don't even get me started on soft wanna talk about a gateway drug, there it is.

        September 30, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Doodlebug2222

      How many of these students do you really thing have free lunch? Are you even aware how hard it is now adays TO get free lunch? I have a full time job, five children all in public school and a divorced mom – not able to get support due to my ex being slippery. Now if I cannot get free – or – reduced lunch – how hard do you think it is for many of the kids in this school that is maybe in a family with 2 kids and 2 parents working? Hummm?

      September 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
      • Guest

        You have support, so chase down that slippery man in your life, babe. There are a large amount of people who need that free lunch. Sadly; a lot of military families do qualify. Ist class petty officers only earned $29,000 a year when we retired at 20 years of service, & it hasn't gotten much better. The lower ranks qualify for food stamps.

        October 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Guest

      Actually Mary, this lunch does not meet healthy nutritional requirements for a growing teen. Next time pay attention in health class when they explain that more than 1 oz of a protein containing amino acids is required per meal to build muscles in the teen years, Mary. Also; proper teen nutrition requires double the 1 cup serving of milk in that high school lunch. Did you know there is even a minimum requirement for a healthy daily fat intake? Fat is a building block for brain tissue. Have you been eating very low fat all your life? I'll bet you have.

      October 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Guest

      Fruits & vegetable will definitely not compensate for having 75% the protein & amino acids removed from the meal for 13 year old students, nor the required calcium that was lowered by limiting the milk to a cup for middle & even high school students. Normal healthy amounts for growing teens are 4 ounces of meat & 1 PINT of milk per meal. Athletes require even higher amounts. This is bad nutrition.
      Kids would need a bushel basket to eat enough veggies for that calcium, & meat is the only source of amino acids.
      Why are normal & underweight students being given a weight loss diet? To keep the obese company?
      End this farce & get the obese psychological counseling. It might work, this doesn't.

      October 2, 2012 at 1:08 am |
  71. josh rogen

    this is another reason socialized medicine is bad, the government feels if they control the care it gives them the right to control all aspects of your life. i heard there are secret underground restaurants in NYC where they use trans-fats and serve sugar sodas in glasses larger than 16 oz.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Hannibal7

      Spot on. Obama and the neo socialists want to control every part of your world. The new National Socialists redefine what big brother is all about. The first rule is don't think and the second rule is don't question the almighty Obama. All hail Obama the first American dictator! Eat your moldy carrot slave and don't talk back and don't think.

      September 29, 2012 at 6:37 am |
      • Brian

        Josh Rogan = Troll.
        Hannibal7 = Sucker.

        September 29, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  72. Brenna L.

    I am in sixth grade. A lot of people do not like the lunch changes. A grade tried to boycott but caved in. Last year I bought least twice or more a week now I only buy once a week or not even buy lunch. Sometimes I am hungry after eating school lunches. A lot of our school food has been changed. I agree that students should eat healthier, but maybe have more variety with school lunches.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
  73. Kenia

    i am in 4th grade, i weigh 189 pounds and all i got for lunch on monday was a hotdog, a yogurt, a sandwich, a milk, an icecream, a tea, and a porkroast! I have lunch at 2:54 and get home at 3:10. I am always starving by the time i get home. my stomache grumbles and i feel light headed. LOTS OF KIDS MAKE FUN OF ME BUT I DONT CARE, ALRIGHT? I HAVE PERSONAL PROBLEMS. JUST LEAVE BRITTANY ALONE!!!

    September 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • LionOfNarnia


      September 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  74. Carla

    I am in sixth grade and on wednesday all i had for lunch were 5 chicken nuggets! considering the fact that i have lunch at 1:15 and i dont get home until about 4:30 i am starving by the time i get home. We also dont have any snacks in between those times. we only have break for ten minutes and you do not get a snack unless you bring one yourself!

    September 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Mary

      If you're hungry then eat the fruits and vegetables that come with your meal, ask for extra fruits/vegetables (you are allowed to) or bring your own lunch to school.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
      • Kadee69

        Hey Mary!! Why don't you leave kids alone and stop telling them what to do? YOU go eat your fruits and veges!

        September 29, 2012 at 11:02 am |
      • Brian

        Kadee69 is EXACTLY the type of "adult" that is the problem in America. What happened to parents who worked WITH educators, and wanted their children to eat HEALTHY food so they would have HEALTHY brains and bodies with which to excel in the world? Instead, they act just like the children they enable, and in so doing they teach their children bad lessons.

        September 29, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  75. Jasmine H

    I would not know because it is my first year of middle school but if they are I think that it is non of the governments business that we are not eating write and that if they take any lunch away I will stop getting free lunch.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • A. Dixon

      Sweetie...If you are getting free lunch, you need the government. Don't bite the hand that feeds you, because it doesn't have to feed you my dear.

      The world is a cruel place and when you are an adult, you will see that no one will make sure you are getting a meal, so be happy you have one now.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • Beth

      I remember being really hungry in school and my mom made me a lunch. Problem was, I ate it during first class, then I'd starve until I got home. I was eating a lousy breakfast with no protein, that was why I ate my lunch so early. Eat something for breakfast that sticks to your ribs like oatmeal or eggs with cheese on a toast. It's so easy to make. While you're making your breakfast, keep the bread out and make a peanut butter and jelly to help you when you get hungry during the day. I am 56 years old and I do that every day, always did, since I was a little girl. I think it's why I never had a weight problem, honestly. You can do it, Jasmine. Take control and get away from those free lunches. Become self-sufficient. When you eat the lunch the government gives you, you have no control over what you eat. Your instincts are right on. Take control, girl!

      September 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  76. Dagobert II

    Just as the TSA, Border Patrol and Homeland Sicherhietsdienst are conditioning us to New World Order obedience, these "lunches" are conditioning America's youth to the future American diet. As Dear Leader says, "Forward!".

    September 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  77. Calvino

    I haven't ate meatball sandwich since 7th grade or 8th grade I still haven't got a chance to eat meatball sandwich in 9th grade they changed the lunch menu since end of august 2011 I don't like the change in this school year I still didn't eat meatball sandwich; It wasn't small like previous school year, also another change that happened this year is Bread-sticks that comes to the cafeteria every two weeks now; I still wanted lunch menu back to normal like it was in the beginning of school year. Sorry for my grammar is slightly weak sometimes my grammar is strong.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • A. Dixon

      Stop eating. Get an English Comp tutor.
      All these kids are commenting on their lunch, meanwhile they can barely type a sentence....anyone else seeing this? This is the third posting I have seen with bad grammar, horrible spelling, lack of punctuation. Shove a piece of bread in your mouth and hit the books. I'm not being "mean" I'm being dead serious! In the comments kids have posted, I have seen just how bad education (not lunches) has become.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
      • Beth

        Can't argue with that. But kids can't focus on learning when they are hungry. Looks like the teachers must be hungry, too, because they don't seem to be focusing on teaching.

        September 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  78. Seriously?

    If kids were eating fruits and vegtables on a daily basis at home, they wouldn't be so shocked with the changes. My son (16) buys his lunch everyday and never complains. He even looks forward to taco salad day.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Kadee69

      Aren't you being a bit assuming? To say kids wouldn't be hungry if they ate their fruit and veges at home it wouldn't be such a shock? Do YOU like every single fruit and vege on the planet? NO? I didn't think so. Then why should you and the government expect everyone's else's kid to eat every single fruit and vege on the planet? You're also insulting other parents by assuming they don't feed their children healthy foods and that's uncalled for. It's also rude. But good for your son that he never complains, maybe he's afraid to complain to you? Yay for Taco Salad Day. He must not get enough variety at home? Too much heatlhy food at home possibly?

      September 29, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Kaoticman

      You know, when I was 14 or so, I hit a growth spurt, shot up almost 6 inches in height in about 4 months or so. That's a pretty extreme growth spurt, but not unknown for a kid of that age. If I had been in school, eating the garbage they passed off as lunch, I would have starved. Fortunately, I was at home for the summer, so needing 10K to 14K calories a day was doable. But the most important thing was what kind of food my body craved. Let me tell you, it wasn't fruit and vegetables. I wanted, needed! meat. Protein. Tons of it, I was building a whole new body, and that's what anyone growing new muscle and tissue needs. Lots of easily accessible protein. That means meat. Not veggies, and not grains (though those are needed also!) but meat, eggs and cheeses. Animal protein.

      Kids are growing, they eat meat because it's what their bodies are screaming for. Extra veggies aren't going to do the trick. Yes, serve healthier meats like chicken and fish, but lets make sure they are getting the proteins they need. They need it, and lunches with unlimited veggies aren't going to supply it.

      September 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  79. Sadie

    At my school, we have to take a fruit and a vegetable, but no eats all their food. Everyone is hungry after luch, and its a waste of food. People also stopped buying lunch because our favorite choices were taken away due to the calories, and the district put the lunch price up, so not everyone can afford to buy lunch every single day of the year like some people would normaly do.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Jack Kieser

      Sadie, that's not a waste of food. Not at all. You're all just wasteful children, spoiled into thinking that you should get what you want. That's not how the world works, and certainly not how school works. I'm going to repost what I wrote earlier, since it's so pertinent to your flawed worldview:

      If students are taking food, they should eat it. It does not matter whether or not the child likes the meal. Children in other countries would literally kill each other for the food our kids are getting. Your child won't eat fruit because she doesn't like it? Then, your child is a spoiled brat, and you are a bad parent. If your child is given the choice between eating a meal that she might not like the taste of (especially if the reason is because it's healthier) and starving, and your child chooses 'starving' as an acceptable response, your child is spoiled and stupid, and its your fault as a parent, not the school's. Do a better job parenting, because your child is not a special snowflake that gets to eat only things she likes. If you want your child to be spoiled, pack her lunch yourself.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Beth

      Wow, the government really has taken control of your eating habits, hasn't it? Glad my kids are out of high school. Bring your own lunch. Peanut butter and jelly – it rules! You can put it in a baggie and into your pocket and it still tastes good even if it gets flattened. No problem!

      September 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
      • rebecca

        Absolutely agree with brown bag it. If even just to supplement what the lunch is missing. Buying a school lunch and an athlete? Pack a pbj and some healthy things to eat later in the day. My kids did (whether they were athletes or not) that way the did not HAVE to hit the vending unless they really wanted to.

        September 30, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  80. sugar

    Huh. So in short nothing has changed at all, just people are now complaining a little more loudly and have the internet to support them. School lunches have always been bland, over cooked and sort of gross. That's why my two children have taken lunch from home every day since they started. However, I do not agree that it is cheaper. I could spend about twenty bucks a week for school lunches or I can spend about $35 on things for my children to take in their lunches. If they can't stomach the food in school (which is actually totally understandable, some of its gag worthy and not just about spoiled bratty kids not having their way) then it's more cost effective for me and the school to send food that will be eaten and nourish the child instead of literally throwing away twenty bucks and having two starving children when they get home at 4. There are plenty of families that don't have the option, though. I myself never had the option to bring food from home and there were plenty of days I opted out of eating because the school food looked like vomit. To the poster that ranted about spoiled kids I suggest you go to a cafeteria and scope things out for yourself. Ask how hungry you would have to be to eat some of the things that pass for food.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • rosethornne

      Forty years later, I can still smell those horrible overcooked khaki colored (used to be green) beans.
      The only cafeteria food I ever had that was edible was when we lived in Austria. The kitchen was run by a chef, and served actual food that actual humans could eat. And by tbe way, it did NOT cost more.
      If we tried having trained cooks supervised by someone who knows what they are doing, perhaps our own cafeteria food might be edible. However, when you hire the cheapest possible labor to cook with the cheapest possible food-like substances (like pink slime), you are going to get nothing but garbage.
      Yes, there is a certain element of whining from children, but not all of it is without cause.

      September 29, 2012 at 1:58 am |
  81. A. Dixon

    If most of our kids were student athletes, I would say give them twice as much...but most aren't, so a little less food isn't going to kill them. If they think it's nasty or bland or icky or whatever...then don't eat it! Remember when you were a kid and didn't like the food? Did your parents "worry" about it or did they tell you "When you get a job, you can buy groceries. Unitl then, eat what we eat or don't eat at all." That's how I grew up. I learned to eat what I was given and when I turned 15 and got my own job, I ate what I wanted and paid for it myself.

    This is not as big of a deal as we are making it. Most kids have the option of bringing food from home, don't they? If you don't want the government telling your kids what to eat....then don't rely on them to feed your kid! Feed your child yourself. People are complaining that government is too big and we have become lazy and people are complaing that the government isn't feeding our children the way we want them to be fed? Which is it? Small government and we feed our own kids...or big government that feeds your kids for you, but feeds them what they think they should eat? Pick one...can't have both.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Guest

      Do you have any idea how many kids are homeless now, Dixon? You have absolutely no compassion. When a growing football player loses 20 pounds in 1 1/2 months it is a serious health risk to that child. A sports scholarship can mean the difference between college & being trapped in poverty. Cutting protein or carbohydrates for athletes, those with chronic illnesses, or underweight/malnourished students will have repercussions on whether their bodies & brains grow properly. To put it bluntly; they will fail to develop to their potential.

      September 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
      • A. Dixon

        I'm well aware on the stat's on homeless kids...I don't lack compassion, I lack patience. Yes, there are homeless children, poor children, foster children, etc who do not have the luxury of bringing a lunch from home. But here is the reality: These kids are not being made to eat unhealthy food, unsafe food, food that is discarded for other types of human consumption, etc. It's just that it's bland (which is a matter of opinion) and that there is not enough of it (which is also a matter of opinion since obesity has hit an all time high with children and teens. Fat kids want more food.)

        If student athletes need more food, fine, give them an extra apple, an extra bannana and an extra side of veggie and brown rice....BUT ONLY THE ATHLETES! Don't start making the agruement that we need to increase the amount of food for all student because most of these kids do not play storts. The number of children who play a sport is few and far between. I have no problem giving kids more food if they are doing something to work it off. We can't keep stuffing their faces and sitting them on their is slowly killing them.

        As for low-income kids. I don't know...It's easy to say "Let's feed low-income/free lunch students great food" but how do you justify the government taking a parental role with them and not with every other student? Second, hungry is hungry. I have never met a hungry kid who turns away food because he/she does not like it, it's too bland, etc. No, it may not be what they want, but since low-income neighborhoods are mainly food deserts, these fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc may be the healthiest food these kids get all day. These are meals. It is something. Sometimes you take what you get and I'm sorry but the low-income students must take what they can get or go home hungry.

        It may not be fair, but life isn't fair and sometimes we have to suck it up. They have to suck it up. It's better to have some food rather than nothing at all.

        October 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
      • Guest

        None of those additions you graciously added to that athlete's tray would keep the child from malnutrition. Lean meat is the only source of the amino acids required to build & repair healthy muscles during athletic activity.. If it is not supplied the body starts to shrink the existing lean muscle & organ mass to fuel those energy needs. That can cause all muscles to degrade...Including the heart...That is why liver & heart failure can result from it.
        Athletes in football utilize more than 1 oz of protein FOR EACH 10 POUNDS OF BODY WEIGHT EACH DAY. Thus a 160 pound 12 year old athlete requires 16 ounces(1 pound) of meat throughout the day. That school lunch provides only ONE OUNCE. It used to provide 4 which is the healthy amount for non athletes. The nutritional numbers do not add up. Teenagers are not maintaining muscle, they are BUILDING it! You must have flunked science & health, or have listened to too much vegan propaganda.

        October 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  82. Brittany

    Ok, I understand that a lot of parents are to blame for their children's eating habits, but what about the kids, like me, who don't have parents that can finacially support for us to bring our own lunches? Are we supposed to suffer just because our parents can't provide for us? It hits kids like us the most when the school restricts how much we can eat. I would have never made it through elementary school without the school lunch because most times when I came home, my parents wouldn't have food for us. So think about the kids who don't have parents who can make everything better for us. We aren't spoiled and it's not our fault.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Brittany

      And that food is not an exaggeration, I see the exact same stuff at my high school.

      September 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
      • sugar

        I agree! I was raised by a single father in the 80's. He couldn't afford more than what it cost at school (at the time something like 35 cents, gradually increasing over time to about 1.25 by the time I was out of school). Some weeks he could barely afford that. To add to his issues I was diagnosed with a nerve disorder at a young age. My stomach tolerates certain foods and nothing else. If the school happened to be serving something I was disgusted by it was one thing. But there were also days they served things I really couldn't (still can't) eat. I appreciate that not everyone has hardship in their life but for those of us raised in hardship the story is frequently only half visible. There's an increasing delusion in this country that everyone should be able to be independently successful. I question the reality of that proposal. If 25% of the country is supposed (by design) to somehow exist off of less than eight dollars an hour how on Earth are they supposed to pay their bills and eat all in the same month? College isn't even the answer. I know multiple households where one or more college educated individual is earning much less than they are "worth" because they have to work. Period. No "good" job in their field? Suck it up. Work a bad one.

        September 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Beth

      Mrs. Obama is telling you what to eat. Is that what you like and want? I wonder what she'll tell you to do in the next four years?

      September 28, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  83. Jannie Mae

    At our school the kids complain. Today they got 5 processed chicken nuggets, apple sause and a scoop of peas. This is the same for the 250 lb. athlete and the 100 lb. girl. Also, you cannot bring in outside food unless it is prepared from home. I cannot go to the sandwich market and bring it to my child, but I can make a sandwich from home.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • A. Dixon what's wrong with making a sandwhich at home and bringing it?

      ...and for the parents who can afford to provide lunch from home and have older students (6th grade or above) Why aren't they just making lunch for themselves? How did the generations before this one ever survive???

      September 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Kaoticman

      I know what my response would be to that rule. "Try and stop me." I'd be defying that rule, and unless it is a private school, I'd win.

      September 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Guest

      You just do not get it, do you, Dixon? Some kids have no "home". Even the ones who have a "home" are struggling. One in Four children are living in poverty now. 15 million. The food banks in my area have closed their doors 2 days a week now, because their shelves empty faster than they can be filled. The parents of children who receive free & reduced price lunches often do not HAVE any food to provide from home. This meal is the mainstay of their diet.

      September 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  84. karson

    This year in football we I have last 20 pounds because we don't have enough calories at lunch and i'm 12 and we started football 1and a half months ago and now i am 140 pounds and at the beginning of football i was 160 pounds that is a lot for a 12 year old.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Kathryn Harlan

      Bring your own lunch to school.. I owe you an education not a free lunch you hate!! Welcome to the real world!!

      September 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
      • sugar

        Calm down. You are yelling at a strangers child. School lunch isn't free. It costs more to bring food from home though and I know this because I DO pack my children lunch every day. Maybe his family can't afford to purchase items that would survive in a lunch sack. Not everyone has a perfect family and I know THAT from being raised in an imperfect one. Why flip out on a little child you don't even know?

        September 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
      • ohioan

        Sugar, it would cost me $55/week for my 4 kids to eat lunch at school. For that $55, I can buy two loaves of wheat bread, 3lb of deli meat, a pack of 10 slices of muenster cheese, a bag of carrots, a bag of apples, a bag of oreos (and limit them to 2 per lunch) and a gallon of milk that they can take in a thermos and a bag of pretzels and have enough money left over to buy snacks for my 3 athletes to have after school before practices and games. 3 are athletes and the 4th is a teenage boy. I switch it up depending on the season and what is available for a reasonable price.

        October 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • A. Dixon

      Wait...what height are dear 12 year old? 160lbs? 140lbs? You better be tall for your age, or you have some weight to lose...don't care if you are a football player. I hope your BMI is in a healthy range...
      If you aren't low-income then bring your lunch from a matter of fact...IF YOU ARE NOT LOW-INCOME THEN BRING YOUR LUNCH FROM HOME! THAT GOES FOR EVERYBODY! Problem solved. These kids can barely read and we are debating about what to feed them...give me a break...
      Feeding = Parent's Job (unless you face economic hardship)
      Education = School's Job
      Everyone know there roll? Good 🙂

      September 28, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
      • sugar

        " These kids can barely read and we are debating about what to feed them...give me a break..."

        THANK YOU!

        September 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
      • Chase

        *their It looks like someone needs to stop replying to childrens' messages and get back in school again.

        September 28, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
      • Guest

        I think you meant to say "their role" Mr.curmudgeon. You DO realize that there are remedial classes available, Hmmm.

        October 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • sugar

      Congratulations on your weight loss! It sounds like you might be a healthier 12 year old now. =D Your post isn't clear as to whether you are or aren't happy with the school food. I'm curious if the weight was lost due to not eating, eating smaller portions, extra activity from football or some combination of all those things.

      Good luck with your activities! Keep being active and no matter how tall or short you are you'll be in fine shape!

      September 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
      • sugar

        **Your post isn't clear as to whether you are or aren't happy with the **quality of** school food.

        September 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Guest

      Age 12 is one of the peak teen growing years, Dixon. Healthy weight for a 5 foot 7 inch male is up to 167lbs. Dropping weight in 1 1/2 months to 140 is seriously bad, unless he shrank down to 5 foot 3 inches(average height for a woman). Plus lean muscle actually weighs MORE than adipose tissue(fat). This young man is right & you are wrong. Kathryn my dear; I suggest you switch to Science Diet rather than Kibbles n' Bits...It is making you less than amiable.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Guest

      @Sugar; Have you looked at the HEALTHY height/weight charts? Unless he is 5 foot 3, he is now underweight. Whether he achieves his full genetic structure depends on an adequate intake of nutrients. Skinnier is not healthier. For example; vegans & vegetarians have the shortest life spans. This is caused by their inadequate protein & fat intakes. Amino acids, the "building blocks of life" are unavailable from fruits & veggies. Teens are in an accelerated process of body construction, karson is giving you facts on the effects this social experiment is having on his growth, learn from it. I highly suggest your coach seek out a sports doctor & file suit in court to alter the guidelines for athletes, karson. You may need to start sport fund raising for food for your team.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  85. Ari

    That "food" looks gross, but as another commenter wrote, how do we know that these examples were not staged? That being said, if the food is so bad that kids are eating out of vending machines or are hungry quickly after eating, I say that the program, as it stands, is a failure.

    September 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Kathryn Harlan

      What a waste of money from the tax payers.. If kids hate this food and the government continues to subsidizes this crap the end this program NOW!! I am not interested in paying for "healthy" food I pay for that ends up in the trash!!

      September 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  86. Jack Kieser

    A few things:

    1 ) If less students are buying lunch, that's also a good thing. Ideally, families would provide lunches for their own children, and the government would only step in and provide a lunch in the case that the family financially cannot afford to do so. So, the argument that the new mandates are bad because fewer students are buying lunches is not valid.

    2 ) Schools are entirely within their rights to mandate what they serve because no one is forcing a student to eat what the school is serving. The student (and the family) is given a choice: either eat what the school serves you (at whatever price the school determines), or have the family provide the food. If students do not like the food, that is well within their rights, but they cannot (and should not) demand that the school serves them only what they are willing to eat because if they don't like it, they can bring whatever they would like themselves. The school is not in the business of being a full-service restaurant for children; if the children don't like the food, they have other options.

    3 ) If students are taking food, they should eat it. It does not matter whether or not the child likes the meal. Children in other countries would literally kill each other for the food our kids are getting. Your child won't eat fruit because she doesn't like it? Then, your child is a spoiled brat, and you are a bad parent. If your child is given the choice between eating a meal that she might not like the taste of (especially if the reason is because it's healthier) and starving, and your child chooses 'starving' as an acceptable response, your child is spoiled and stupid, and its your fault as a parent, not the school's. Do a better job parenting, because your child is not a special snowflake that gets to eat only things she likes. If you want your child to be spoiled, pack her lunch yourself.

    September 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • A. Dixon

      #3 hit the nail on the head "If your child is given the choice between eating a meal that she might not like the taste of (especially if the reason is because it's healthier) and starving, and your child chooses 'starving' as an acceptable response, your child is spoiled and stupid, and its your fault as a parent, not the school's."

      BAM! Truth hurts.
      What happened? Seriously? I would never even entertain the idea of telling my mom I didn't want to eat what she gave me. I was not under the impression that I has a choice, because I grew up in a family, not a restaurant.

      September 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Vivian

      Back in the last 70's I managed a elementary school lunch room for a couple of years. We cooked everyday. This was the time the government diclared that ketchup was a vegetable. We bought pizza from Kings Foods and served it on Fridays along with garden salad, peaches and cake. We made mashed potatoes from scratch, meatloaf, oven fried chicken, cornbread, pinto beans, chili, vegetable soup, grilled cheese and we even cooked hams and turkeys. We made cakes, jello and puddings, meat balls and spagetti. Lots of veggies. We had 5 kids out of 340 kids that ate with us every day. Even the teachers ate with us. We had 6th grade boys who would buy seconds and if we had enough they where welcome to buy more. There were 3 of us cooking for these kids and our goal was to make sure these kids had one good meal a day because we weren't sure they had much to eat when they got home. We also feed kids when they didn't have the money to buy a lunch. Some kids where to proud to ask for reduced or free lunch and so we where aware if they didn't bring a lunch they had to be hungry. My kids could smell food cooking and they ate at lunch. I went to my granddaughters for lunch and the food was disgusting. Most went in the trash. No salt, no cheese and all kinds of flavored drinks. We only served milk, white or chocolate. Currently food is cooked someplace else and warmed up at the school. It's awful. Every parent should go look at the crap they are feeding our kids and they charge so much more now. Every kids should bring their own lunch and you will see that soon.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
      • Vivian

        I meant I had only 5 kids out of the 340 who didn't eat with us.

        September 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  87. forreal89

    Parents make your own lunch and breakfast stop complaining

    September 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  88. forreal89

    Sorry but maybe the parents should do their job and make their own f&%#(# lunch and breakfast. Stop being so lazy

    September 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  89. Nathan

    Not sure if it's a Canadian thing or not but at my schools I've always brought my own lunches. You get to choose your own portions and usually pay a lot less if you make your own lunch. Plus you'll get to eat what you actually want instead of force-feeding yourself what looks to be like tapeworms from looking at one of those pictures. Also, it sounds counterproductive if you have vending machines that sell junk food while the cafeteria has to follow rules.

    September 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  90. Jenna

    I need more luch I am get the limit and I am hungry at 2:00

    September 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • rebecca

      Jenna- are you allwoed to bring snacks? A healthy way to eat is smaller meals more often. Hopefully, you are allowed to eat little something in class at two and then home stretch for supper!

      September 30, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  91. krehator

    Are we even sure this picture was not staged?

    September 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  92. Ryan

    Disgraceful. I'm petrified by the directions our government is heading in.

    More and more, the government is bailing out the bad parenting of the current generation. It is not the responsibility of the government to make food choices for children. It is the job of the parents to educate their children with the importance of proper eating habits, however, it should always and forever be the choice of the individual to eat what they want, healthy or not.

    Stories like this disgust me. We're all supposed to feel pride being American; with each passing year it turns more and more into embarrassment.

    Our political system is broken and propaganda holds more weight than science. Marijuana is the ultimate evil while tylenol is extremely hepatoxic and accounts for thousands of deaths annually. Our government, more and more, is encroaching upon our freedoms by dictating what we can and cannot do in our supposedly free country. I'm sick of it all.

    September 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Ryan

      And it's all a symptom of a much deeper problem in this country:

      There is 0 personal accountability. Our lawyers encourage the displacement of responsibility onto others. Your child's fat? Sue the schools, they serve unhealthy lunches. Don't blame the child's parents for failing in their role as parents, or anything.

      In the good ol' US of A, you don't have to be responsible for anything anymore, because there's always someone to blame. Makes me vomit. My children will not be raised that way, and it will be quite sad to watch them stick out in the ever-growing sea of irresponsible drones.

      September 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
      • unsan


        Truth is most of this new generation of "parents" should never have had children!

        September 30, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  93. Alex

    School lunches were to small before and im very healthy and athletic. Now they are even smaller and my friends even notice my stomach growling after lunch. and "Wait,What?" school lunches arnt handouts, they are paid for by the taxpayers originally. I also think the government doesnt have the rights to tell me or anyone what they can eat. another example is the stupid new york law that you can get anything larger than a 16 oz soda. its comministic trying to tell some one what to do and how to do it. if i wanted to get fat, the government shouldnt be able to tell me i cant.

    September 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Alex

      Oops i meant cant get anything larger than a 16oz

      September 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Nathan

      Except that obese people in general (not all) put a huge burden on healthcare providers so it does matter when the government allows people to eat until their arteries are clogged.

      September 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • A. Dixon

      Alex, you have NO idea what you are talking about.

      All your posting did (other than get the definition of communism wrong....say that something isn't a handout, when it is to you, since you don't pay taxes....and argue that a government funded program does not have the right to make it's own guidelines) was prove, without a shadow of a doubt....that we are focusing on the wrong thing here.

      Alex, thank you for showing everyone that the focus needs to be on educating our kids. Your ignorance is a shining example of why those with the means need to feed their kids, those who can't afford it need to work with school lunch programs and the rest of us need to work on gaining back some IQ points for your generation.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • Beth

      School lunches ARE handouts. Taxpayers pay for them and the government hands the food out free of charge. Most people don't have a problem with feeding those who can't afford it, but the government should be spending more time finding out why people can't afford things.
      The U.S. isn't communist yet. Thank goodness some of our young people are observant enough to see that government is creeping into their lives, little by little.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • Mary

      "paid for by taxpayers". Dear, that is a hand out, just like food stamps. If you are eating lunch that is paid for by your school, then the government is already involved. if you're hungry you do have the option of second helpings of fruits and vegetables. Otherwise, bring your own meals to school.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
  94. GeneK

    The food shown gives every indication of a contractor deliberately providing unappetizing stuff in an attempt to make an argument that people won't eat healthy food.

    September 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • unsan

      LOL, yes... it's all a conspiracy.

      September 30, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  95. Wait, what?

    Schools get federal funding. Some student lunches (and breakfast) are paid for entirely by the government. We have a growing obesity crisis that hits the poor (read: free lunch recipients) communities hardest. It's taxpayer money, the government should absolutely be mandating lunches are healthier. Reminder: obesity is very expensive on tax payers too.

    If you want to send your kid to school with more food, no one–not the government, not the first lady–is stopping you. If they want to throw out the fruits and vegetables, no one is stopping them either, but don't bite the hand that feeds you because it now has fruits and vegetables in it.

    September 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  96. JEM

    Hey Jonas – The government should have to feed you either. What a whiney brat. Did you ever think of maybe bringing your own lunch to school?

    September 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • JEM

      oops, my fat fingers missed a couple of letters. I meant "government shouldn't have to feed you".

      September 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Guest

      Government will have to deal with the physical damage that this protein malnourishment will do to all these kids. JEM, maybe you should get off your mouse potato haunches & exercise, so your "fat fingers" will start fitting on the keys again. I ran over 17 miles this week at age 52 to keep my COPD from advancing, with 3 martial arts routines thrown in for flexibility. Get up & see the sun rise lazybones, then you will know why these athletes need their protein from meat. Endurance athletes need 1 oz of meat per 10 pounds of body weight every day. Strength training ones(like football players) need more. They should target the unhealthy ones (like you).

      September 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
      • unsan


        September 30, 2012 at 10:54 am |
      • Guest

        @ unsan; Please take a remedial reading course & do not bother the adults.
        The main problem here is a nutritional guideline for weight LOSS that is being applied to all students regardless of their nutritional status or actual physical needs. This is a fashionable social experiment that will cause extreme damage to the health of the normal & under weight kids. We will all pay the medical bills when the lack of protein or calcium intake causes their organs to fail & their bones to break later in life. A lack of proper balanced nutrition now, in the years when body systems under go heavy growth, will not be able to be fixed. I guess rickets will have a resurgence(sigh).

        October 1, 2012 at 9:16 am |
      • JEM

        Sounds like you are the unhealthy one. I'm overweight by about 70lbs, yet I am not diabetic, no heart disease, normal cholesterol, no knee or hip problems. And no COPD, sorry.

        October 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • A. Dixon

        Guest...why do you think every kid is a student athlete or poor? What about the kids who aren't playing a sport and have food in their fridge, what about them?

        You have made the arguement for poor kids (though the school system is not made to deal with the issue of feeding children living in poverty, but ok...) and for student athlete's...but what about everyone else? if 1 in five kids are poor, that is 20% of children. If 1 in 8 plays a sport, that is 13%. Let's say that the two groups do not overlap (though we know they do) That is 33%. What about the other 67% of students?

        October 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
      • Guest

        My COPD is disease induced. Mom had TB. I have a 1cm x 4 cm cacification blocking my lung structure that resulted from treatment to imprison the bacterium. I still have the cojones to run 4 miles in the morning to maintain healthy lung function, & you do not. Mom lived 20 years after 2/3s of her lung were destroyed by maintaining physical activity. Use it or lose it, JEM. By the way; I am 5 pounds under my target weight with lean muscle & low blood pressure readings. I'll send flowers. Pansies would be apropo I think!

        October 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
      • Guest

        @A. Dixon. My area is an Abbot district. There is an extremely high percentage of free lunch students in this district. We used to be part of the free lunch group during our active duty military years. We never received them, but we were eligible for food stamps during our entire 20 year naval career. 1st class petty officers only made $29,000 a year at 20years then. We have a kid with desert storm defects, so we survived on that alone.
        I know what it is like to depend on those lunches, & ALL my children would certainly be harmed by this diet. They are all clinically underweight. The public school would have fun dealing with my hypoglycemic child. If she does not get enough protein & carbohydrate calories to keep her blood sugar steady... She vomits all over everything. Fortunately for them, we are now doing well enough in a new career to pay for a real school, with real nutrition.
        The truth is a lot of the kids in my area do not have parents who will provide them with anything, or the parent(s) do care, but are desperately poor. Sports scholarships are a ticket out of poverty here. Deny food to an athlete here & you will be denying that student the ability to compete for his future. There are also good kids here who need the lunch program to perform it's original function & nourish them for academic scholarships. Malnutrition prevents kids from both physical & mental achievements. Get the obese students into a psychological counseling program. Then create exercise/nutrition classes that focus upon reversing a sedentary lifestyle. A one size fits all diet is just dumb.

        October 2, 2012 at 12:31 am |
  97. Hollywood

    I wonder why school districts have so much control over about what goes into our childrens stomachs.

    September 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • A. Dixon

      Parent have that control. They are not tying children down and force-feeding them carrots. You want your kids to eat something different, send them to school with something different.

      Poor kids who have to eat this can complain. The rest of you need to feed yourselves!

      September 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • rosethornne

      BECAUSE the school lunches are provided for free or subsidised so they cost less.

      Who pays, chooses.

      That doesn't excuse poor quality/preparation, however.

      September 29, 2012 at 2:09 am |
  98. UhNo

    Sorry, but a teenage boy burns WAY over 1,000 calories a day. Adults can burn up to 2,000 calories daily and they're not in the middle of huge growth spurts and mandatory physical education classes.

    September 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Guest

      Even sedentary teen boys burn 2200 at age 14! An Active teen boy burns from 2,800 to 3,200. Active is defined as just walking 3 miles, so anyone on a sports team exceeds that amount regularly. My 6th grader RUNS at least 3 miles at practice, & that does not include the wind sprints & other exercises. Add in asthma & HER requirement at 12 is probably over 3,000. Are the schools preparing them for starvation?

      September 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
      • A. Dixon

        Do you have eyes? You keep commenting as if these kids are starving? If so, our nation has the worse problem of overweight starving kids.....

        What about obesity? You talk about giving kids more food, but what about obesity? I see a lot of little pudgeballs running around so I'm inclined to think that starvation isn't a huge issue. You say a 14yo burns 2200 calories...Where did you get that? A 14 ATHLETE...but a 14yo who sits in school, get's picked up and dropped off, sits at home and plays Xbox, sleeps for 9 hours DOES NOT burn 2200 calories a day. No one burns 2200 at rest and if you are looking at some old textbook from 1983, let me inform you that our children (and our adults) do not burn calories like they once did (hence obesity).

        You argue for giving kids more, as if we are starving them...but all these little fatties paint a different picture.

        October 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
      • Guest

        @ A Dixon. Only 16% to 33% of children are obese. They should be treated... Without harming the other 66% to 84% of students who are either normal or underweight.
        My child is an asthmatic who absolutely requires extra calories, according to Deborah, a premier international heart & lung center. She also runs track to expand her lung capacity for obvious reasons. Her condition alone causes her, like many of the other 7 million asthmatic children in the US, to be UNDERWEIGHT. She would have liver or heart failure in less than 3 months if she had to rely on this meal as her primary source of nutrition. The sad thing is; we actually did qualify for free meals when we were an active duty military family struggling to raise our kids on military pay. It is disgusting that any human would ignore any child's real nutritional needs by using a malnutrition prevention program as an involuntary diet clinic. The normal kids also will suffer(although more slowly) from this reduced calorie diet they do not need. A. Dixon, this is wrong. Treat the obese kids, not the entire student body.

        October 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  99. Kanya

    I believe that many students at my school do not like the new changes. Including kids who have to eat or become sick because they don't want to eat the gross food. I understand what Mrs. Obama is trying to do, but in my belief you shouldn't control what the kids at school eat because that's their decision to what they put in their body. Yet if anyone has a say so in their diet it is their parents and no one else.

    September 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Oakspar

      We do not let children decide what courses they will take, what assignments they will have, or other IMPORTANT life decisions – because they are CHILDREN.

      They should have healthy food on the plate and nothing else. Lunch is only one of four meals in a day, it does not need to be half of a day's calories (many schools systems also have breakfast programs, and a few have afternoon snack as well, leaving only dinner outside of the school – usually based on Free/Reduced numbers).

      If the children do not eat the nutritious food they are given and are hungery – then good. Hunger is the best sauce to make otherwise unpalatable food tasty. You know which children are actually hungery? The ones who are taking the green beans that the other students would just throw away.

      If your child would throw away food before eating it, they are not hungery.

      I didn't see a single meal in the pictures that did not look balanced and tasty. (The bannana, eggs, pancake, and fried-something (okra? tater tots?) looks delicious and while the spaggetti didn't look good, it did look edible with mash potatoes, peach slices, and something else).

      Full plates of good food – and spoiled parents raising spoiled children "too good" to eat it. Those are kids whose education would be better served with a few days without any food to feel what real hunger is – as these whiners only make it worse for the genuinely hungery kids for whom school lunch is one of the greatest parts of their day.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:48 am |
      • Xander

        Your statements contradict each other. If children are unable to make decisions, then they are unable to make the "smart" choice if they are hungry. Additionally: that banana is over ripe, the eggs are rubbery, and the fact that you can't identify what the "fried-something" is shows that you probably shouldn't be eating it. The mashed potatoes shouldn't be like water, and I have no idea what that "something else" is, another warning sign of the lack of edibility.

        October 1, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
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