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.