Kids Use Twitter to Vent Anger Over School Lunches

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 11:26 PM

By Jason Devaney

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Students angry about changes in school lunches are venting on Twitter.

According to several news reports, including one by the Washington Times, students have been taking photos of their lunches and posting angry messages on the popular social media network.

"You call this a [expletive] lunch? @BarackObama @MichelleObama," one student Tweeted alongside a photo of what appeared to be a hot dog roll with tomato sauce and cheese, three cherry tomatoes, and a carton of lowfat milk.

Another student posted an image of a dinner roll next to mashed potatoes with ground beef and corn. "@MichelleObama so this is the ‘healthy school lunch’ …" the Tweet reads.

Under new guidelines that were part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, school cafeterias that participate in the program must serve at least a half-cup of fruits or vegetables on every tray in addition to the main course. There are also limits on calories and sodium levels, and trans fats are not allowed.

Many schoolchildren have been unhappy with the program, complaining that the portion sizes are too small and the food does not taste good. For those students who do not bring lunch from home, some now skip the meal and instead grab snacks from a vending machine or go off campus to eat something else.

One student Tweeted a photo while holding a wrap with a piece of ham and a slice of cheese in it. "Thanks Michelle Obama," he wrote.

Another student uploaded a photo of a carton of 1 percent milk and what appeared to be a chicken sandwich on a roll. "All we get for lunch today. Thank you Michelle Obama."

One parent even chimed in after joining her daughter at school for lunch. On her plate was what appeared to be a burger and half a kiwi. "@MichelleObama my school lunch while eating with my daughter. Only other choice was a scoop of salad. This is sad!"

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