New Michelle Obama Lunch Program: Going Hungry

Photograph of lunch program reveals not much food.

Going hungry is not healthy and it does not help do anything about childhood obesity. If anything, it will increase the amount of junk food that children will buy at gas stations and fast food restaurants. This point was made in an interview after outrage over school lunches erupted in Chickasha, Oklahoma. It was reported by Fox 25 Oklahoma City.

“These regulations were put into effect two years ago and were still struggling with them.”

There are no exceptions for students who are pregnant or those who are athletes and burn more calories on a daily basis.

Chickasha administrators say as a result they think kids are going hungry at school.

“I know they are,” Superintendent [David] Cash said, “there is no doubt about that. My own kid comes home and the first thing he does is raid the refrigerator.

And if his kid is raiding the refrigerator, what about other students walking by a 7-11 or a gas station or a Taco Bell? All the Federal guidelines do is make sure kids eat more junk food after school.

The Superintendent discussed these matters with a reporter after one of his students (who was pregnant) snapped a picture of her “lunch.”

[See also, “School District Quits Michelle Obama Lunch Program.”]

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Angry parents in Chickasha complain their kids aren’t getting enough to eat at school. The Holton family says the meal the district calls a “Munchable” is ridiculous and family members say it needs to change.

The meal that daughter Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of Monday consists of lunch meat, a couple crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower. Schools in Chickasha serve it every other week.

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Kaytlin’s father Vince Holton says the $3 meal is not good enough for any student, much less one eight months pregnant.

“I can go pay a dollar for a lunchable and get more food in it,” he said.

The school district says there are more options on Munchable day such as milk, beans and pears, but Superintendent David Cash agrees there’s a problem. He says it’s thanks to federal regulations to fight childhood obesity, which limit calories per meal based on a student’s age. 

Again, claiming these are “regulations to fight childhood obesity” is misleading because starving through the day cannot possibly be healthy for a growing child. Besides, school is a place where students are supposed to learn, something they can’t do very well if they are chronically hungry.