Students Fed Up With Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Overhaul — Menu-Item Snapshots Spell Out Why
sorry, but i call bullshit (at least to the notion that michelle obama is the single source of this culinary hellscape). that crusty fried chicken sandwich in the top picture? i got served that shit in high school fifteen years ago, when michelle obama was an illinois senator’s wife. that ugly mess of ground “beef” and corn and mashed potatoes, with a single sad white roll? that shit’s so familiar i might as well be high-fiving it at a family reunion. our school lunches have been garbage for decades, ever since we let corporations enter the business of feeding schoolchildren on contract, when school lunches stopped being cooked at school and started being cooked in factories and freezer-bagged and microwaved on site. this shitty situation can’t be dropped entirely in michelle obama’s lap: she didn’t start sysco or aramark or maramont or any of the giant food conglomerates that serve up deep fried frozen faux food by the truckload into america’s schools, at a profit. why don’t we hold accountable giant corporations and industry lobbyists- like, i shit you not, the national potato council- who have fought against improving school lunch standards for decades?
michelle obama’s fighting an uphill battle because let’s face it, school districts across the nation are suffering and hemorrhaging money, and school lunches have always been a target of cutbacks. rather than spending money on healthy foods to cut calories and maximize nutrients- re the obama guidelines- schools just cut corners and serve less. their shitty substandard implementation of the guidelines does not mean that the concept of bringing healthier food into public schools is a failed one.
and if you want to change school lunches, instead of complaining to michelle obama on twitter, you can support the local efforts of students, parents and teachers to improve their lunches, like the campaign going on in philadelphia right now. these schoolkids have organized to try and end the contract with their shitty corporate meal provider, and gather support for meals cooked in-school with better ingredients. i guarantee there are fights like this going on in more places than philly, and they could use your help.
#stop blaming michelle obama for what shitty corporations are doing and have done for literally decades
Thank you. This post has pissed me off everytime someone I follow reblogs it and finally someone put into words why.
Yeeeeah. What robotmango said. Cos I remember those godawful chicken sandwiches from kindergarten 21 years ago, and I’m pretty sure it was the Clinton’s in the White House back then, not the Obama’s.
Nah dude! It is here fault, I came back to school after summer and it had all changed. I went to a fancy private school bullshit so it wasn’t the “corporations”
👆shut up. It’s not her. Just because you went to a private school does not mean they don’t buy from big corporations. I went to a private school and we did get better lunches that were healthier. You know nothing.
If you would really like someone to help put some blame.
I’ve been going to public schools all my life. I started here in California, and our lunches sucked. There was “Salisbury steak” which became the next day’s “teriyaki dippers.” But there was a decent amount of food, good quality milk, and our food came on plastic trays.
I left for a year. I came back, and not long after, this wonderful fuckup called “No Child Left Behind” was started. If you don’t know about NCLB, it’s pretty much a chump way to pretend that we have a decent education in America.
Everything changed. My school suddenly had “portables” which were moveable classrooms. We trucked in two hundred more students into my elementary school, and had to put them somewhere. We had “standards tests” which meant that our teachers had to teach what was in the book, instead of what we could actually learn and understand.
And, our lunches went downhill. We had to overhaul the books and tests, so our school district had to come up with that money somehow. They did it by cutting schools. Schools closed, and the students had to go somewhere. They cut teachers, fourth and fifth grade classes were combined into one room.
All those new kids had to eat something. And our district couldn’t afford the previous food. So instead of cooking the food on site, they made it at a local high school, and trucked it into our school. Nothing at that high school was made from scratch, and they fed themselves, three middle schools, and three elementary schools. Again, more budgets had to be cut.
Our milk went from sometimes frozen, to actually rancid. I’ve had five cartons with bugs floating in them, and two others of actual cheese chunks that were green and blue in color. We went from eight different meals to five, the dippers that used to come with rice, an orange, coleslaw, and carrots, now only came with rice.
But that’s not where it started. Oh no. NCLB was MY first experience of what budget cuts and policy changes do to schools.
And for these kids, this policy is THEIR first experience.
These things have started LONG before Clinton, LONG before Bush, LONG before Obama. They just happen to be the ones that we’re living in our own time. America’s problem is that when money is hard, education and the arts will ALWAYS be the first things to be cut. Not the paychecks the wealthy get, not the military, not the sports. Education, arts, and aid, are always cut first.
And you see repercussions like this.