Mike Huckabee News

I interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama when she was first launching her campaign to get kids exercising and eating healthy. I’m sure she was well-intentioned, and I agree that childhood obesity is a serious problem, one that leads to chronic diseases that account for most of our out-of-control health care costs. And the CDC reports that for whatever reason, childhood obesity rates have finally started dropping. But one aspect of her campaign – the federal takeover and makeover of school lunches – is facing a nationwide backlash.

Parents are up in arms, saying their kids can’t learn because they’re so hungry. There is no provision in the guidelines to recognize the difference between a 250 pound linebacker and a 90 pound cheerleader…..There are two reasons for why a lot of these kids are ending up just plain hungry: the strict federal limits on fat, carbs and calories aren’t giving them enough food to fill them up, and many kids just won’t eat the food that’s being forced on them, like dark brown whole wheat bread and chocolate skim milk. All this hunger is the result of the ironically-named “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which got Washington involved in local school cafeterias by providing federal funds in exchange for control over the menu.

Now, school boards across America are deciding that not even all that federal sugar can make kids swallow this gruel. Last week, angry parents swamped a school board meeting in Harlan County, Kentucky, to complain that their kids say the healthy federal lunches “taste like vomit.” And a school board near Schenectady, New York, voted unanimously to pull out of the federal lunch program, even though they’ll lose $150,000 in federal funds. They say it doesn’t improve kids’ nutrition to give them healthy food that they hate so much, it goes straight from the tray into the trash can. In other words, you can lead a kid to watercress, but you can’t make him eat. But maybe it did provide a valuable “teachable moment.” Adults learned that they need to make healthy food tastier to get kids to eat it. And kids have learned at an early age that just because the federal government tries to force something on you, that doesn’t mean you have to swallow it.

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  • Mike Smith

    04/04/2014 12:46 PM

    Michelle Obama is an idiot wrapped in a moron

  • Concerned Student

    10/08/2013 07:45 AM

    Being a high school student I know firsthand that the new food is disgusting. The only thing that needed to change with school lunch is the portion size. I am currently in journalism, and we have recently interviewed the head of our cafeteria. She admitted that the meant contains genetically modified soy beans. GMOs require massive amounts of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, and genetically engineered foods have not been proven to be safe, but the few studies conducted don’t look so hot

  • Dakota Bovee

    10/03/2013 02:49 PM

    Being a high school student. i can agree the food tastes like vomit. Any one who disagrees has not had the "privilege" to eat the new school lunch. The schools are now ordered by this program to only allow one 3 oz packet of ketchup for a small almost Ethiopian portion of fries. Even getting a salad that the lettuce is like green soggy paper is ridiculous and you still only get one ranch packet.

  • Sarah Parker

    09/13/2013 10:15 PM

    I agree that the lunches offered by the schools are terrible. I mean when my son wants to pack a lunch on 'Pizza day' that tells me something. My problem with this entire system is that I pack my sons lunch and he is being told what he can eat out of it. Today I put him a piece (literally, it was a small 'halloween' size air head candy) of candy in his lunch that I packed for him and he was told that he could not eat it because it had too much sugar in it. He has been in school for two weeks and this was the first day I sent candy in his lunch so this is not an every day thing. Not to mention, I BOUGHT IT, I PACKED IT, and he should be aloud to eat it!!!! Because it is Friday, I have not yet discussed this with the school but thanks to social media I am discovering that this has not been uncommon this year with a lot of local schools. I am upset that the government has so much control over what my child eats. He is not obese and no where near being obese so I have done something right. Seems like there are way more important issues for the government and schools to worry about than a piece of candy. I would really like to know what 'rights' I have left in America as a parent to feed my child what I want. Mrs. Obama has her own children to worry about and I would like to care for my children the way I see fit!! In relation one of the comments that discussed 'slaves'...isn't FREEDOM what they were fighting for....Why are we (all Americans) being denied freedom to eat what we want and feed our kids what we want....

  • Jessica Thompson

    09/08/2013 03:24 PM

    As a former student myself coming from a school that participated in this program, I must say that I agree that the food is horrible. It never lasted the rest of the day unlike a lunch that I would bring from home (a sandwich on white bread with a small bag of chips with a bottle of water.) The food was usually cold, the fries were half cooked, sweet potato fries were disgusting, and I hate wheat ravioli. I like some wheat breads, but the school wheat tasted like cardboard, so much so that I think I would have prefered cardboard. The meat was questionable and the wheat pizza stuck to the paper plates, for added fiber is my guess. The only tea the school sold was in a can and it was diet. Yuck. If you didn't want the school tap water instead of milk, you had to dish out over a dollar for a bottle of water. The water from the water fountain could not be put in a water bottle without taking on a serious stench that was beyond nasty.
    I am very happy that I am in college now, I have much more freedom over what I can eat. No, I do not pig out and make a fool of myself on junk food. I make good, healthy choices without the nastiness. I have to be picky with my food as it is, I can't have onions or garlic.
    I know that if you forgot your lunch money at school, the school would give you two slices of bread and a slice of cheese. There was your lunch. If this happened, usually the kid depended on his or her friends to provide little parts of their lunch to help keep them with food for lunch that day. That is just sad.
    I think that the Obama's should have to eat what the school kids eat in the portions the school gives them. See if they can go the rest of the day feeling full and if the food tastes good or not.