The Green Lake School District in Wisconsin is one of a number of schools evaluating their involvement in the School Lunch Program.
The Ripon Press reports that Principal Mary Allen is dissatisfied with the new foods being offered:
“When I walk through the school cafeteria, I see multi-colored fruits and vegetables and whole-grain pasta or wraps on the trays of our students. The food looks really good, but the students aren’t eating it.”
She goes on to say: “… The limited salt, whole-grains, vegetable substitutes for meat, and unfamiliar foods such as ‘quinoa’ and ‘jicama’ are not being embraced. Although the food looks good and is undeniably healthy, it is unflavored and tasteless.”
The Green Lake District is not alone. Both the Windham and Salem districts in New Hampshire are considering dropping out.
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As Salem finance director Deborah Payne says: “We’re considering opting out because of the program rules and a decline in participation. There’s not a lot of choice for students.”
What do you think? Has Michelle Obama ignored too much of what students want in constructing her food program?
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