An Oklahoma family is outraged after their teen daughter snapped a photo of the skimpy lunch she was given at school — a lunch which follows new guidelines championed by First Lady Michelle Obama — and showed it to them at home.
Kaytlin Shelton was given a lunch that consisted of a few raw slices of lunch meat, a couple of crackers, some cauliflower, and something that looks like ranch dressing, at Chickasha High School (Oklahoma), according to EAG News. She wasn’t impressed.
“It makes me want to take that and take it to the Superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch.”
She took a picture of it and showed it to her parents at home, who were equally unimpressed, according to Fox Oklahoma City. Her father says the meal, which cost $3, isn’t enough for one person, let alone two (Kaytlin is pregnant).
“I can go pay a dollar for a lunchable and get more food in it.”
Oklahoma’s Asst. State Superintendent for Child Nutrition Joanie Hildenbrand looked at the picture, and agreed that the amount of food on the teen’s plate was rather skimpy, but there’s next to nothing she can do; Chickasha Schools are in compliance with school lunch guidelines handed down by the Obama administration via the The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.
“These regulations were put into effect two years ago and were still struggling with them.”
The regulations have become a laughingstock for conservatives, who view them as unnecessary federal intrusion into what kids eat, and they’re a bone of contention for parents; at one Kentucky school, parents are now forbidden from sending cupcakes to school for their kids’ birthday parties and instead encouraged to send “gifts” like pencils and bookmarks, according to this Inquisitr report.
Even the superintendent of Chickasha Public Schools, David Cash, thinks the regulations — which are supposed to limit childhood obesity — are too much.
“You’ve got in some cases little kids that they’re only two meals are breakfast and lunch at school and they’re getting you know a grand total of 1100 calories. That’s not enough… My own kid comes home and the first thing he does is raid the refrigerator.”
Further, the regulations are one-size-fits-all; they don’t allow exceptions for kids whose caloric needs may be different, for example, athletes or pregnant girls.
Have your kids ever come home hungry because of the Obama administration’s school lunch policies? Let us know in the comments.
[Image courtesy of: Fox News]