Carroll ISD is Quitting Federal School Lunch Program, Because Healthy Food is Gross

USDASchoolLunch.jpg
USDA
These children are clearly thrilled with their salads.
Even when the USDA rolled out the new, healthier, Michelle Obama-approved version of the National School Lunch Program last year, there were grumblings. Kids complained that the new menu, which includes generous helpings of fruits and vegetables while capping meat, carbohydrates, and overall caloric intake, has "ruined school lunches" and made viral YouTube video. Conservative pundits decried the expansion of the nanny state. The Washington Times declared the response a ""boycott."

The question now is whether such a well-coordinated collective protest has been able to sustain itself for an entire year, and if it has achieved its lofty goals. The Associated Press brought the answer yesterday: sort of.

The wire service reported that a number of school districts throughout the country are backing out of the revamped lunch plan because kids aren't eating the healthy food. They were more blunt in Harlan County, Kentucky, where a board member declared that the new menu "tastes like vomit." (The USDA responded yesterday in a blog post, saying that, actually, kids find the new meals quite delicious.)

The revolt has left North Texas mostly, but not completely, untouched. Socialist functionaries at school districts in Allen, Birdville, Carrollton Farmers-Branch, Denton, Dallas, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Lewisville, Mansfield, Midlothian, Richardson, Terrell, and Weathorford all say they're sticking with the federal lunch program.

The only exception is Carroll ISD which, KRLD reports, is unhappy with the new program.

"With the new program in place, the new meal pattern, our participation started to drop," Mary Brunig, the district's nutrition services director, told the station. "And the other thing was there was food waste. Children were not eating the food. If the children aren't eating the food, there's no nutrition."

Weird, considering how thoroughly the kid in the USDA's promotional materials seems to be enjoying his salad and fruit bowl.


Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
120 comments
Vince Iannelli
Vince Iannelli

Carroll ISD is also going to start letting kids show up to school at 10:00 ish, because many of them don't like getting up early and instead of PE, kids can either play Wii Golf or Call of Duty because they don't like to sweat. And no more homework, because homework is gross too.

Darren Dupre
Darren Dupre

Is there any actual data linking the quality of school lunches with childhood obesity, rather than the things children eat outside of the school? That's what I'm getting at here. I lived in two different Houston-area school districts during my K-12 years so I think my experience is valid. Maybe other districts did things differently, but I really don't get the impression that school lunches were ever out of control. I highly disagree with you that the lunches were "junk", at least in terms of nutrition and fat content (the taste, on the other hand ...). The meals were reasonably balanced (you had a main entree, a couple of fruit/veggie sides, a roll, and choices of milk) and portion-controlled. People don't get fat (except, perhaps, in extreme cases) from eating portioned-out amounts of nuggets, fries, and etc, especially when they are balanced out with other things. You get fat by eating those in quantity for a long time. Also please keep in mind that these regulations only apply to school lunches that are subsidized by the school lunch program. In middle school and high school, we had the choice of eating the gov-approved lunch for $1.50, or eating other things for a little more. The taco salad I referenced was not approved by the federal government.

Samantha Osborn
Samantha Osborn

My children enjoy fruits and vegetables but have complained immensely since the switch. They won't eat it so we are back to brown bagging it.

RoBerts ErIc
RoBerts ErIc

ignorant people that run that school or paid off by some food vendor

Marvin Bellows
Marvin Bellows

If how these kids eat and think of food are any indication of how they're raised, this is a great argument against "parental rights."

VeniVidiFishie
VeniVidiFishie

Forget what the kids are eating or not eating. Have you heard the kinds of things that happen in this ISD? Flying in coaches and kids to play football to stay top of the division blah blah BLAH.... They're probably hoping to squeeze some money out of this deal by privatizing the whole lunch shabang. Problem solved!

Obummer
Obummer

Yo peeps dat getz free foodz an' cell phonez shouldz notz bez soz picky.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Sing it: " Sloppy Joe, a-Slop, sloppy Joe, yeah...."

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

There's a significant difference in cooking in a limited budget cafeteria setting and cooking at home or in a restaurant.    Why is anyone surprised?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Why should a public school serve fatty, salty, sugary food just because Americans can't stop shoving it into their faces by the fistful? The kids can eat the healthier stuff or effin' starve. I guarantee that if they're actually hungry, they'll eat some salad or some fruit.

thecreativeunbound
thecreativeunbound

Dropping a program because of food waste and a lack of meal plan participation is a rational decision for a school. Just because the healthy options are there doesn't mean the kids will choose a healthier alternative unless they are taught to do so BY THEIR PARENTS from a young age. If menu choices don't satisfy parents, then pack your kids lunch full of things you want your kids to eat. When I was in school I totally chose bad things over salad. I could even call my mom and say "There's nothing good in the cafeteria today" and ask her to bring me and my friends McDonald's or Sonic, and she would. That was bad on my mom's part, not the school. Now I'm learning to make healthy choices as an adult, and I will NOT be that parent for my own kids, but no matter what healthy choices had been available to me at the time, you couldn't have force fed them to me. 

derekdobbs
derekdobbs

Well those kids are probably so used to food prepared by mom from Eatzi's.

Leah Ferraro
Leah Ferraro

I'm a parent. The food those kids had before was mostly fried and definitely not leaning towards healthy. My daughter would not even eat them. I send her with an actual nutritious lunch every day. If advocating for healthier options when close to half the children eating those lunches are overweight makes me one of those "socialist functionaries" then so be it. Sheesh, does everything have to be political?

ElFlaco714
ElFlaco714

The federal school lunch program is not authorized by the Constitution.

manpanties
manpanties

do school cafeterias have ovens and stoves anymore?  I thought they were limited to putting food in warmers or coolers.  that how my kids blue ribbon school is.  kind of hard to hold them accountable with that kind of setup.

Samantha Thompson
Samantha Thompson

If parents want their kids to eat crap, let them send it from home. On the days that mine eat school lunch, I'd much rather them pick at something healthy than inhale the crap they typically serve. There's nothing nanny state about it.

Monica Pinon
Monica Pinon

So glad they photographed some chunky monkeys for this shot.

chloechloe
chloechloe

I'd be curious to know how this "healthy food" was prepared. I've had healthy food that's yummy and healthy food that's gross. Same with the junk my school served when I was a kid. Most of it was gross and low quality (and it was the low quality that made most of it gross, not so much what it was) but some of the junk was ok tasting. The greasy fries were good. Anyway if you want kids to eat more healthfully, you also have to prepare it decently. I haven't seen the healthy food. I'd be interested to see the food as prepared and taste it. I don't have much trust, after my own school lunch experience as a kid, that the healthy food was prepared to taste good. Has anyone checked out the new healthier menu at their kid's school and seen and tasted any of it? I'm certainly for kids being offered healthier foods, but the quality has to be there. Again, I think low quality was always a big part of the nasty factor in school lunches.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Clarissa Tinsdale reported on this last night on Channel 4.  No wonder the kids hated it.  Most of the veg-inedibles were canned.

Julie Dawn Sacharko
Julie Dawn Sacharko

I do have to disagree a bit on there not being a fat/calorie problem before Michelle Obama began shining more light on it. Even when I was in school the offerings were usually fried ...french fries, steak fingers, chicken nuggets. We were given some choice starting in middle school, but the choices were for more junk...not healthy stuff. I think her campaign has been a good one. Most Presidential spouses have taken on a project and I think this one was appropriate for our country at this time.

TheJeremyAdams
TheJeremyAdams

Ewww, that doesn't look like McDonalds so I'm not eating it.  I want Chicken Nuggets and Pizza and pudding.  Green beans are gross, salads are gross, green things are gross.  You are starving me to death by not feeding me Chicken Nuggets and Pizza.

Joshua DeWayne Gregory
Joshua DeWayne Gregory

If anybody has an issue with what food the school is providing their kids stop being a lazy ass and make your kids lunch yourself. Healthy, unhealthy...whatever.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

If food made from fresh and nutritional ingredients tastes like vomit, then it seems the problem is not the healthy ingredients but with the cooks preparing them. A work force trained in various methods of defrosting, reheating, etc. may be unable to prepare fresh food to the satisfaction of their child customers, but that is an easy problem to solve, either through training or replacement.

Whitney Ford
Whitney Ford

If healthy food is gross fire the cook don't ditch nutrition.

Ambelleina Warwillow
Ambelleina Warwillow

We are training children and adults alike to enjoy garbage. The government subsidizes genetically modified trash that gets passed off as "food," then we wonder why everyone is so sick. Now, as part of the deal for receiving a financial stipend, we try to get our children to start healthier habits earlier, and we give in to their garbage habit by refusing actual food; we'd rather pump them full of chemical sludge and not have to listen to initial complaining.

davirez101
davirez101

Kids are never going to be happy if given Healthy food , but there needs to be new ideas to get children to enjoy healthy food. Many schools are actually getting the students involved in growing community gardens and the food they produce goes in the the cafeteria.  These kids actually appreciate and enjoy eating the food that they help grow.  It is a shame that people will oppose USDA's program just to oppose anything that an OBAMA supports.   Parents need to do more to make sure kids eats good.  Love ideas from documentary Cafeteria Man

http://cafeteriaman.com/

andi.stone
andi.stone

Don't believe the rumors-we are an amazing school district and they truly care about the kids!

andi.stone
andi.stone

Please-stop stereotyping! I know tons of families that prepare homemade food in CISD!

markzero
markzero

@primi_timpano I'm not sure they even still teach home ec-level food prep in public schools any more. No idea whether food service people now have to learn to cook or just take a community college short course and multiple choice test on not storing bloody meat over the uncovered banana pudding.

ruddski
ruddski

Great, now if a kid doesn't like salad, it's a sign of racism or political bigotry.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@chloechloe The most disgusting veg canned is spinach.  Canned asparagus comes in a close second.  Yech!!!

TheJeremyAdams
TheJeremyAdams

@ruddski Or if kids don't like salads it may be a sign of a kid who has gotten everything they ever wanted including McDonalds for dinner every day of their life.  How many kids think that chicken should taste like a McNugget?


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@chloechloe Honestly, it could have been frozen, but cooked to death and ended up looking like it came straight out of a can is possible

chloechloe
chloechloe

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @chloechloe oh yeah, canned veggies are usually really gross. Canned asparagus is so nasty mushy. I get fresh might spoil on the schools too fast. Why didn't they go frozen veggies and fruits?

ruddski
ruddski

Everything tastes like chicken except chicken, which tastes like turkey.

rzimmerman1
rzimmerman1

@ruddski 

Meanwhile in Dallas, our City Council gives $900K to the owner of a fast food fried chicken restaurant to build a new store with two drive-thru lanes...

ruddski
ruddski

It may have been LA, but as I recall there was a ban on permits for new fast-food establishments in a certain part of town out of health concerns. Oddly enough, the residents just traveled the extra few blocks to obtain the forbidden fruit. So much for managing the herd.

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...