New York Schools Drop First Lady's Lunch Program

Michelle Obama's school lunch program isn't winning many fans among the nation's students or their  parents.

In fact, another school district recently decided to drop the federal menu plans after numerous complaints from students that they were left hungry and didn't like most of the food options.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District in New York said that it lost about $100,000 this year by trying out the federal program because the children disliked the menu choices and started bringing more lunches from home.

"There were just too many problems and too many foods that students did not like and would not purchase,” said Assistant Superintendent Chris Abdoo. “Students complained of being hungry with these lunches and the district lost money.”

The first lady may have inadvertently finally discovered how to cut the costs of the federal lunch program.

Obama's program was supposed to help combat childhood obesity. Making the menu so blah that kids voluntarily starve themselves may be just the ticket.

What kid wouldn't choose starvation over such menu options as arugula pizza, half a chicken patty on a mini croissant, or steamed broccoli on white rice?

Other schools have said no thanks to the lunch program, too, such as those in Catlin, Illinois.

It shouldn't be a surprise that a program intended to feed kids and make them lose weight at the same time would be a colossal flop.

It also isn't a surprise that the government plans to go ahead despite the program's unpopularity, to the tune of $3.2 billion.



89 thoughts on “New York Schools Drop First Lady's Lunch Program

  1. No KFC on the manual ???

  2. If the children can bring their lunch from home, why don't they all just do that. I never did understand why every single school provides lunch for kids when they could well provide their own.

  3. Jeanne Stotler says:

    Children are heavier BECAUSE they are not allowed to go outside run and play on swings, se-saws and monkey bars, recess should be an important part of elementary school, result would be, firmer children less medication for ADHD (over-diagnosed)and less c/o's about behavior and less breathing problems. Vit. D is essential for bone growth, it comes from SUNLIGHT, lungs need expanding, from free breathing while being active, it would benefit all, that is except the doctors who prescribe meds for ADHD. Lunches in school should be healthy BUT also appealing to the child, I've never seen a child turn down a fruit cup, mac. and cheese, spaghetti, even PB&J is good for you. Pizza once a week , there are many alternatives that children like, AND stop patrolling the lunches brought from home.

    • Bravo!!!!! There are ways to add veggies to the mac and cheese, and other veggies to the spaghetti. There have been cook books written about it.

  4. Queen Moochelle--LET THEM EAT YOGURT.

  5. [email protected] says:

    It is not what achild eats.When my children were small I packed healthy lunches for them to take to school and cooked healthy meals.They were only allowed to have soda once a week.We all exercised together walking ,bike riding . hiking in we all loved.Today my boys are grown and Healthy,Today children do not get enough exercise .It has nothing to do with food even if you eat healthy and you don't move your body you are going to gain weight.Don't try to force children to eat things they don' like I used to let my boys help me plan dinners. I t was alot of fun when we went to the grocery store.We should be emphasizing children lay down the cell phones and ipads and play a game of chase,or basketball.

  6. When I was in school we were fed the same type of meals we received at home and at times much better than at home. The Liberal intrusion into school cafeterias is just as bad as their unwanted programs changing our society into a fiefdom.

  7. WhoIsDaveGalt says:

    Maybe Moochelle isn't done yet. There's always her husband's method of force feeding hunger-striking inmates at Guantanamo Bay. How dare those ingrates turn down her food choices?

  8. Just another one of the Obama's stupid failures!

  9. I said this would happen when this whole food farce began. Doesn't take rocket science. The problem isn't that we aren't being forced quite enough to do things we don't want to do. The root of today's problems is the destruction of the family and freedom itself and allowing the government to take over the role of parents.

  10. Oddly enough, school lunch programs were designed to stop children form going home hungry because their families did not have decent income 1970's. It was their one good filling meal. The obesity problem is truly a farce! There are over weight children but not at the epidemic level just open your eyes, I’ve worked at schools. Growing children will develop a paunch just before they grow 2 or 3 inches and they need all of it because it usually is gone by time they hit the top of that growing spurt. I can’t imagine how a growing body is going to achieve its goal when building blocks are being withheld. Many of us grew up not on perfect diets and do alright even if that perfect diet seems to change from time to time. And others have lousy diets and live long fruitful lives just to tick off the dieticians. My middle scholar spent the first part of last year talking about how hungry everyone was then they learned to pack unhealthy snacks. This was hard on our Lunch Ladies, they want to feed the students, not see them go hungry.

  11. this proves Michelle is as insane as obama.

    I cannot see a High School football player, or a track star surviving on a half of a chicken patty on a mini croissant, and steamed broccoli on white rice.

    • Neither can an Army Ranger, and it was MO who went before them and gave a speech reminding them to "eat their vegetables."

  12. The satisfaction does not come from 'pushing carrots and celery', the satisfaction comes from some one like her telling 'white folks' what to do! RACISM IN THE RAW!

  13. Judging by the looks (and huge butt) of Moochelle Obama, she apparently eats everything in sight. I'll bet she has a feedbag around her neck most of the time.

  14. CapitalistFool says:

    You're kidding me. Children started bringing lunch from home? It's a travesty. The government needs to stop this before it gets out of hand.