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For years, students at public schools across America have been rejecting an overhaul of their lunch rooms prompted by the First Lady-backed Healthy Hunger-Free Kids initiative.
Pupils argue that the 2010 law which drastically changed the menus of school cafeterias participating in the National School Lunch Program has led to smaller, calorically-inadequate meals.
In fact, the law was recently also found to be contributing to less children eating, and to higher costs, according to a recent survey conducted by the National School Boards Association.
“NSBA’s survey of school leaders shows that since that law went into effect in 2010, 83.7 percent of school districts saw an increase in plate waste, 81.8 percent had an increase in cost, and 76.5 percent saw a decrease in participation by students,” a press release on the NSBA website states.
Sure the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has been a monumental failure, but can the food really be as bad as it’s made out to be?
With the advent of Twitter and smart phones, students are now able to voice their meal opinions in real time. Do you think kids should be fed the following food items?
— S. (@Ssssarahv) April 2, 2014
— YaBoiiTwilss (@YaBoiiTwilss) March 31, 2014
— Tyler Clements (@TylerClements6) April 3, 2014
All we get for lunch today. Thank you Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/1rACNXM9aP
— Brady Justice (@BradyJustice2) March 12, 2014
— Megan Howell (@Howelady) March 14, 2014
This is really starting to get old.. pic.twitter.com/lDdMMIMhnM
— YaBoiiTwilss (@YaBoiiTwilss) April 8, 2014
— Jesse Figge (@KSUchemist) September 4, 2013
Who died and gave Michelle Obama the right to tell me what I can and can't eat for lunch
— Lauren Talley (@LaurenTalley13) September 5, 2013
lunch at my school is literally a hotdog with raspberries or two cheese sticks with marinara sauce and raspberries. thanks, Obama.
— jzyaira. (@OVOairraaa) September 4, 2013
i love michelle obama but nobody should have let her near the school lunch menus
— paige (@zjmpilots) September 3, 2013
Imma send Michelle Obama a letter about school lunch. That lunch is disrepectful.
— ☀️ (@admqueen_) February 17, 2014
Students also issued pointed criticisms of Michelle O’s attempt to fill vending machines with healthy foods:
Pretty much what our vending machines look like.. Thanks Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/XKn1pKACvO
— ωεδιεγ mφδδ™ (@wpfl_26) August 8, 2014
@MichelleObama why does my vending machine at school look like whole foods
— Brody Failor (@Failor_Gang) August 8, 2014
You sound like a man & ruined our vending machines Michelle Obama
— -куη∂αℓ- (@Kynddaal) August 9, 2014
a big fuck you to Michelle Obama for putting shitty stuff in the vending machines this year
— Shay Mills (@shaymillss) August 8, 2014
Despite children across the nation rejecting the lunch room changes, Mrs. Obama has defended the program claiming that her critics were “playing politics with our kids’ future.”