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(Washington Times)   Indiana school district loses $300,000 in funding after students reject healthy menu changes, refuse to eat any meal that doesn't say "Happy" in front of it   (p.washingtontimes.com) divider line 214
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2013-07-13 08:37:28 AM
Imagonna guess those kids could afford to skip the meal. Starving kids are happy to eat whatever
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-13 08:55:10 AM
they're assuming that every student doesn't have access to food

A British government-sponsored study suggests prohibiting outside food in schools.
 
2013-07-13 09:49:49 AM
There is no reason on EARTH why tax monies should fund unhealthy meals for kids, either directly or via government assistance programs.  You want your kids to eat crap?  Then YOU pay for it.
 
2013-07-13 10:19:10 AM

bronyaur1: There is no reason on EARTH why tax monies should fund unhealthy meals for kids, either directly or via government assistance programs.  You want your kids to eat crap?  Then YOU pay for it.


THIS.

School district: We're serving healthy food.
Parents: I don't want that and our kids don't want that.
School district: That's cool. You can eat...this bag of dicks.
 
2013-07-13 11:04:37 AM
They eat shiat because their parents fed them shiat their whole lives. They don't bother to cook at home, they swing by and grab Mickey D's for the kids and then ignore their kids the rest of the night.

On a different topic, I am SO GODDAMN TIRED of seeing the dude with no shirt and a cowboy hat at the bottom of every farking story Fark links to.
 
2013-07-13 11:16:57 AM
The Federal Government typically can't directly mandate states or local agencies to do certain things, but they can offer money and incentives with the condition that you follow certain rules - for example, serving healthy food to students or having a certain speed limit on the major highways.

When state and local agencies stop following the conditions that comes with the money being sent to them, the money will stop coming in. The state agency knew that was the outcome going in and they stopped anyway. They made their bed, now they should lay in it.
 
2013-07-13 11:47:47 AM
Mmm...Happy Family Dinner

www.placesintown.com

Off to get Chinese for lunch.
 
2013-07-13 11:48:15 AM

bronyaur1: There is no reason on EARTH why tax monies should fund unhealthy meals for kids, either directly or via government assistance programs.  You want your kids to eat crap?  Then YOU pay for it.


www.troll.me
 
2013-07-13 11:50:53 AM
Wow I made the mistake of reading some of the comments on that article. I feel stupider.
 
2013-07-13 11:51:35 AM
"They're teaching our kids with this meal pattern that it's OK to throw away," [Lori Shofroth, Tippecanoe School Corp.'s food service director] told JCOnline.

If only there were some sort of institution with the job of teaching kids positive behavior.
 
2013-07-13 11:52:21 AM

RexTalionis: The Federal Government typically can't directly mandate states or local agencies to do certain things, but they can offer money and incentives with the condition that you follow certain rules - for example, serving healthy food to students or having a certain speed limit on the major highways.

When state and local agencies stop following the conditions that comes with the money being sent to them, the money will stop coming in. The state agency knew that was the outcome going in and they stopped anyway. They made their bed, now they should lay in it.


I guess someone added the district's food service losses to  the federal money and got a negative number.

/And since when did school food  service directors consider themselves to be educators?
 
2013-07-13 11:52:33 AM
Somehow this goes back to parents not feeding their kids health meals at home.  Yet, the parents then blame the school/government for their bad choices.
 
2013-07-13 11:52:35 AM
They sound not only fat but like they deserve to be.
 
2013-07-13 11:53:52 AM
who could have guessed that kids away from the eyes of their parents don't want to eat healthy.

We ate pizza,hamburgers and hot dogs pretty much everyday in high school and we most of us were thin. Instead of wasting time/money on trying to get kids to eat better how about getting them outside and teach them how to play.
 
2013-07-13 11:55:22 AM
I wonder how much if it is because so many people only cook vegetables to be mushy piles of garbage?
 
2013-07-13 11:55:32 AM
Everyone in this country should be given food stamps, and only food stamp EBT cards should be legal tender for food.  Then Michelle would get her way.
 
2013-07-13 11:56:02 AM
Fark'em and feed'em fisheads?
 
2013-07-13 11:56:26 AM
Sounds like they're availing themselves of the democratic process.  With all the good little drones being pumped out these kids should get As automatically.

Or send in DHS to suppress the original thinkers.  One of the two.
 
2013-07-13 11:57:11 AM

Waldo Pepper: Instead of wasting time/money on trying to get kids to eat better how about getting them outside and teach them how to play.


You shut your whore mouth.
 
2013-07-13 11:57:24 AM
Not going to feed clicks to the Washington Times. Not interested in propaganda promulgated by the Unification Church.
 
2013-07-13 11:57:50 AM

BarkingUnicorn: I guess someone added the district's food service losses to the federal money and got a negative number.


This, schools can't even afford to serve frozen chicken nuggets correctly, do we really think they can prepare tasty healthy dishes?  Junk food lunches are very hard to screw up and even then it is not that bad, fresh healthy choices can be terrible if not prepared correctly.  A school district can not afford to hire a competent trained chef for every lunch room.
 
2013-07-13 11:57:56 AM

Waldo Pepper: who could have guessed that kids away from the eyes of their parents don't want to eat healthy.

We ate pizza,hamburgers and hot dogs pretty much everyday in high school and we most of us were thin. Instead of wasting time/money on trying to get kids to eat better how about getting them outside and teach them how to play.


This. We even had fried burritos, and there weren't that many fat kids. Of course, we had PE three times a week all the way through High School and the elementary kids had morning, lunch, and afternoon recess.

/Now hungry for a fried burrito
 
2013-07-13 11:58:09 AM
Why don't they just prevent the kids from leaving the ground in the middle of the day. Mine did starting my junior year. 1980
 
2013-07-13 11:59:25 AM
They're teaching our kids to waste food!
They're making us lose money because rich kids eat out!
Bad foods teach our kids to be fat!
Good food clogs our drains!
Obama does nothing!
Obama controls everything!
My ass holds a complaint for any event!
 
2013-07-13 12:00:09 PM

Once and Future Lurker: Why don't they just prevent the kids from leaving the ground in the middle of the day. Mine did starting my junior year. 1980


School grounds
 
2013-07-13 12:00:26 PM

bronyaur1: There is no reason on EARTH why tax monies should fund unhealthy meals for kids, either directly or via government assistance programs.  You want your kids to eat crap?  Then YOU pay for it.


This may be  the most reasonable comment I've ever read on the internet. Of course it will be mocked.

/ The stupid in the comments on that article really burns.
 
2013-07-13 12:01:29 PM
My kids are not picket eaters.
My oldest likes to eat veggies (my wife is a vegetarian).
He is not obese and is very active.
He hates the changes to the school lunch program.
He said that the portions are really small. For a teenage buy doing PE and marching band this was a big deal.
Most teen boys can burn alot of calories, especially when they are in their growth spurt.
His biggest complaint though it the taste. He told me that its all weird and disgusting trying to meet Michelle's stupid requirements.
I
 
2013-07-13 12:01:52 PM
The Federal Gov't
money
problems


/trending
 
2013-07-13 12:03:20 PM
Couldn't they just pack their own lunch consisting of every Lil Debbie variety they have to offer?  Oh, that takes work on behalf of the lazy kid.  Never mind.
 
2013-07-13 12:05:31 PM
Amy Anderson, the food service director for the school district, said the rules made her feel less like an educator and more like a "food cop." The changes have even made her consider retiring early.


You poor poor woman. Food service director is supposed to be an educator job, by the way? Would that not include education on healthy eating habits? Because I'm pretty damn sure you're failing there too.
 
2013-07-13 12:06:49 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Amy Anderson, the food service director for the school district, said the rules made her feel less like an educator and more like a "food cop." The changes have even made her consider retiring early.


You poor poor woman. Food service director is supposed to be an educator job, by the way? Would that not include education on healthy eating habits? Because I'm pretty damn sure you're failing there too.


She has a Ph.D. in steaming pizza.
 
2013-07-13 12:06:52 PM
Perhaps the Federal Government shouldn't be involved in school lunches.
 
2013-07-13 12:07:12 PM
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2013-07-13 12:07:33 PM
many students are throwing food away, putting a dent in the district's budget.

That's not how money works.  The food is paid for weather the kid eats it or not.  It doesn't magically cost more if the kid throws it out.
 
2013-07-13 12:10:35 PM

Waldo Pepper: who could have guessed that kids away from the eyes of their parents don't want to eat healthy.

We ate pizza,hamburgers and hot dogs pretty much everyday in high school and we most of us were thin. Instead of wasting time/money on trying to get kids to eat better how about getting them outside and teach them how to play.


You can outeat any amount of exercise. It's damned hard to burn 1000 extra calories but you can eat it in 20 minutes.

I'm with the people here who say put healthy food out and they can eat it or not. I haven't seen a child starve himself to death yet.
 
2013-07-13 12:13:00 PM

buzzcut73: Waldo Pepper: who could have guessed that kids away from the eyes of their parents don't want to eat healthy.

We ate pizza,hamburgers and hot dogs pretty much everyday in high school and we most of us were thin. Instead of wasting time/money on trying to get kids to eat better how about getting them outside and teach them how to play.

This. We even had fried burritos, and there weren't that many fat kids. Of course, we had PE three times a week all the way through High School and the elementary kids had morning, lunch, and afternoon recess.

/Now hungry for a fried burrito



So did I. But then again, what I ate for breakfast and dinner was usually healthier. And back then, if I had a Coke with lunch, it was a 12 oz. can, not a 32 oz. Big Gulp.

For a lot of kids today, virtually every meal they eat is largely crap. And that crap is even more loaded with sugar, salt, and fat then it was back when I was a kid.
 
2013-07-13 12:15:33 PM
F*cking democracy. Damn the majority for not accepting what's best for them. If only one person, preferably black, could have all of the power to decide everything for everyone. Then it would all be so much easier.
 
2013-07-13 12:17:27 PM
As someone who works lunch duty every day in an elementary school, here's a news flash - they're ALREADY throwing so much stuff away it's sickening.  That includes all that healthy stuff that parents pack for them.  I'm also trying to figure out how kids throwing stuff away, that they already paid for, is costing the school district money.  I can see not as many kids buying a lunch but then the schools should know their numbers and not  prepare as much and they still aren't out the money.
 
2013-07-13 12:18:33 PM

LargeCanine: Perhaps the Federal Government shouldn't be involved in school lunches.


No school district is required to accept federal funds for their school lunch program but I wouldn't expect a large/black animal to be able to grasp something so nuanced.
 
2013-07-13 12:20:25 PM

BiblioTech: As someone who works lunch duty every day in an elementary school, here's a news flash - they're ALREADY throwing so much stuff away it's sickening.  That includes all that healthy stuff that parents pack for them.  I'm also trying to figure out how kids throwing stuff away, that they already paid for, is costing the school district money.  I can see not as many kids buying a lunch but then the schools should know their numbers and not  prepare as much and they still aren't out the money.


This is Fark. Your rationality has no place here. Begone.
 
2013-07-13 12:21:12 PM
No thank you. I refuse to read any article from Washington that says "Times" after it.
 
2013-07-13 12:22:12 PM
Face it school lunches even when it was something kids did like are barely eatable.
 
2013-07-13 12:22:54 PM
"I've got kids who can stop at Panera and pick up a sandwich that meets none of these criteria. I'm not maybe your typical school district, and they're assuming that every student doesn't have access to food, and that's incorrect in this community," Amy Anderson told the paper. "Our kids can just wait and just hop in their BMWs and go to McDonald's, which they're rebuilding, making it bigger."

Something tells me this school district isn't the best baseline by which to judge the program a success or a failure. On the other hand, they could just forbid outside fast food and leaving the school during lunch like my high school did.
That might be a bit better of an idea than the petulant whining that Moochelle Obambi dares want schools to serve healthy food so kids that eat there can eat healthy. It's like whining that the library shouldn't have a good selection of books/electronic media.
 
2013-07-13 12:23:04 PM

edmo: Imagonna guess those kids could afford to skip the meal. Starving kids are happy to eat whatever


And by God, "whatever" is what they're going to get! Don't people ever get weary of trying to perfect humanity, for its own good, of course?
 
2013-07-13 12:25:15 PM

stuffy: Face it school lunches even when it was something kids did like are barely eatable.


School lunches are essentially prison food in grade school or fast food in middle and high school. We could feed our kids decent meals and ensure that they get plenty of exercise but that costs money so apparently the response is "fark it, obesity is someone else's problem".
 
2013-07-13 12:25:47 PM

BiblioTech: As someone who works lunch duty every day in an elementary school, here's a news flash - they're ALREADY throwing so much stuff away it's sickening.  That includes all that healthy stuff that parents pack for them.  I'm also trying to figure out how kids throwing stuff away, that they already paid for, is costing the school district money.  I can see not as many kids buying a lunch but then the schools should know their numbers and not  prepare as much and they still aren't out the money.


I think the point is if they don't buy it, the district loses the funding that went into offering it. In private business it would be called losing market share.
 
2013-07-13 12:27:09 PM

gayb: F*cking democracy. Damn the majority for not accepting what's best for them. If only one person, preferably black, could have all of the power to decide everything for everyone. Then it would all be so much easier.


This has to be the most nonsensical side of this argument. How can you possibly argue that healthy government funded lunches distributed by a public school are tyranny but unhealthy government funded lunches distributed by a public school are FREEDOM? It makes no sense at all.
 
2013-07-13 12:30:58 PM
It's almost as if the government regulating personal behavior doesn't work.
 
2013-07-13 12:30:59 PM

TastyEloi: buzzcut73: Waldo Pepper: who could have guessed that kids away from the eyes of their parents don't want to eat healthy.

We ate pizza,hamburgers and hot dogs pretty much everyday in high school and we most of us were thin. Instead of wasting time/money on trying to get kids to eat better how about getting them outside and teach them how to play.

This. We even had fried burritos, and there weren't that many fat kids. Of course, we had PE three times a week all the way through High School and the elementary kids had morning, lunch, and afternoon recess.

/Now hungry for a fried burrito


So did I. But then again, what I ate for breakfast and dinner was usually healthier. And back then, if I had a Coke with lunch, it was a 12 oz. can, not a 32 oz. Big Gulp.

For a lot of kids today, virtually every meal they eat is largely crap. And that crap is even more loaded with sugar, salt, and fat then it was back when I was a kid.


Yay!  Everyone's right!!!  The amount of (over) processed foods has increased over the decades while the amount of physical activity has decreased.  If you're in your 30s - 50s, think about what you did after school as a kid.  Did you have 4hrs of homework (as seems to be the new "normal")?  I did not.  We got off school, ate a snack and then went and burned a couple thousand calories playing outside, riding bikes, etc.  There were very few "fat kids" in my school and as I recall every single one had morbidly obese parents (bad habits handed down).  Anyway, I believe the problem is a combination of poor diet contributing to lack of energy and the plethora of sedentary activities (is that an oxymoron) that kids engage in rather than the types of activities that burn calories.  My kids eat pretty healthy but they eat some crap too.  My goal is to teach them moderation and self regulation.  I will let them decide but I'll insert my two cents (and step in from time to time if they start to shift their diet to one of marshmallows and pork cracklins)  They also remain active and are both extremely fit.  My daughter (13yo) will be running a half marathon in the fall and my son (16yo) will be running a full with my wife and I.  I purposely let them eat garbage on Saturdays (our long run day) so they can learn just how miserable one can feel from eating such foods.  Anyway, this was a long and circuitous way to point out that kids will eat some trash but I believe you can teach them to eat healthy.  My goal is that when they move out on their own they'll have a pretty good level of self-discipline and a solid understanding of what to put in their pie holes.
 
2013-07-13 12:31:57 PM

odinsposse: gayb: F*cking democracy. Damn the majority for not accepting what's best for them. If only one person, preferably black, could have all of the power to decide everything for everyone. Then it would all be so much easier.

This has to be the most nonsensical side of this argument. How can you possibly argue that healthy government funded lunches distributed by a public school are tyranny but unhealthy government funded lunches distributed by a public school are FREEDOM? It makes no sense at all.


Parents  biatch all the time about the students not getting healthy enough lunches, and too much junk food being offered as snacks all the time in the district i work for.  So they get together, get rules placed within the district about what kind of food can be sold on school properties then  cry about not being able to sell cupcakes and crap during lunch for bake sales, and that their children aren't happy with being fed roasted chicken with a side salad instead of   nuggets and fries.
 
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