With each month that passes it seems we sink further into the school lunch saga that’s taking hold in schools across the country. Back in October we posted about how many students had begun boycotting their school cafeteria lunches because they felt that the new federal guidelines for lower calories, healthier lunches just weren’t appetizing or enough to fill them up.
CNN now reports that after a popular YouTube video called “We Are Hungry” made by high schoolers in Kansas gained some attention, the White House responded by bending some of the new school lunch guidelines. Some of the rule reversals include allowing schools to serve spaghetti with meatballs AND garlic bread (bread had previously been removed because it loaded the meal up with too many grains). Peanut butter, previously banned with the chicken sandwich because it made for too much protein in one meal, is now back on the menu to dip with celery sticks.
Secretary Thomas Vilsack of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is not surprised by the changes and has said that they expected there would be modifications made to the new guidelines. Vilsack explains, “USDA has asked for, and states and schools have provided us with, valuable feedback.”
It’s still not known whether kids across the country are happy with some of the rule reversals, but teens in Kansas (especially the ones who made the video) are saying they’re satisfied. Dave Porter, superintendent of Wallace County, Kansas says, “Even though we're a small town in rural western Kansas, Washington did hear us. Our concerns were listened to.”
What do you think of the latest twist reversing some of the federal guidelines on school lunches?
Are you and your kids satisfied with school lunches?