November 15th, 2012
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Fed up with school lunch regulations minimizing their midday meal, three North Dakota students filmed a parody of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" addressed to First Lady Michelle Obama.

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  1. Домашние животные

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    December 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  2. Ima Beech

    Hypathia, Watch the video, listen to the lyrics, which are posted on You Tube. Educate yourself with the new school lunch polices, practice your spelling and come back on and post something worth reading.

    November 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Joe Michaels

      Ima: Good points re: spelling...I believe her name is spelled "Hypatia." Also, "policies" has two "i"s.

      November 19, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  3. Hypatia

    What a delightful group of young birchers. How much do the little dears weigh collectvely?

    November 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Truth™@Hypatia

      None of them seems to have a weight problem, so I think your point is moot.

      How about the first lady worry more about keeping PE (formerly known as gym class) in school budgets and less about telling people what to eat. Or would that be too simple?

      November 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
      • Sister Mary Elephant

        It seems that the liability risk of PE is forcing schools to nerf their play grounds and keeping play and exercise centered around a wii or board games. Think of the dangers, the potential law suites with the swing sets and monkey bars waiting to break arms. Imagine the cuts, bruises, stitches and dental reconstruction that may result from dodge ball, football, baseball and basketball and gymnastics.

        Face it America, the schools would prefer to wrap their students in duct tape and bubble wrap if they could. Lets hear it for the police state school systems.

        November 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • Just saying

        The school lunch program needs revamping. She is trying to do a good thing for the health of all kids. Why is it that no matter what the Obama's do you find fault. I have raised my kids and my grandkids and the school meals have not changed in 30 years. Do you have a better idea? No you don't...Just saying

        November 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
        • HB

          Just saying,

          I work for the Nutrition Services Dept in a major school district and I can tell you that you have no idea what you are talking about. The school lunches have changed considerably over the years and the food is actually quite good as well as healthy. Manufacturers and commodity processors have made great strides to make products that meet the federal guidelines (Pre-Obama) and that the children will eat. You might want to try going down to a local school and having lunch one day. I would be willing to bet that you haven't had a federally reimbursable meal in quite a while.

          The new guidelines that Mrs. Obama has put forth are ridiculous. Not only do the foods necessary not exist yet, but the restrictions are nearly impossible to meet. The amount of grains alone that are allowed in a week are paltry. The kids are hungry and we can't find foods to feed them. Manufacturers have not created the recipes for nor field tested products that meet the new requirements; however if we are not meeting the new requirements (without the product existing on the planet remember) then we lose the federal reimbursement. Food manufacturers are starting to balk at creating the items at all. They cannot make money creating the foods necessary to meet Mrs. Obama's requirements for the money the government can pay the districts to purchase it. Creating our monthly menus is now a nightmare. Passing CRE audits is almost impossible. Oh, did I mention that the kids barely get enough to eat so that they can learn?

          Try educating yourself about how the federal child nutrition programs work before mouthing off. We strive everyday to do our best to feed your children. A large percentage of the time (for some schools 85% – 95% of the student body population) the children go from a free lunch to a free breakfast the next day without a meal in between. I eat in our cafeterias regularly and the meals are actually pretty tasty. Are there still a few dishes that I don't care for? Sure, but many other people love them. We have fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal, vegetarian options, and ala carte offerings at the secondary level. We work our butts off to feed 33,000 kids in our district alone every day. If you think that you can do it better then, by all means, we would love to have your expertise helping us out.

          November 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
        • Allie

          HB, your local experience doesn't have any bearing on different localities. I happen to know that our students eat pre-made bologna sandwiches kept in cold storage for months, among other things. Bologna is not on anyone's list of healthy foods. You can read online menus for different school systems – a online friend linked to his child's menu, and Domino's catered one day, while Subway catered another.

          I'm looking at the plates of the kids who are complaining and they clearly have a ton of food, as well as being well-off enough to bring lunches if they don't like what's served. These kids can afford guitars, they can afford lunch.

          November 18, 2012 at 12:58 am |
        • HB


          There are sandwiches that are pre-made and frozen that are offered as ala carte items or used for bags lunches for field trips. I have had these as well and they're not half bad. Have I had better? Sure, but they meet the federal guidelines for a reimbursable meal. We also have Domino's, Subway, Chic-Fil-A, and others who cater to our secondary schools. It's called offering options to them. What is being discussed here is a federally reimbursable meal. Try to keep up.

          A federally reimbursable meal (which is what they are talking about in the video and what is available to the students via the free and reduced lunch program) must meet certain criteria and the amount served is currently too small. You are spouting off about one item. Mrs. Obama is calling for us to decrease the amount of food offered even further. This affects all items served.

          Are school lunches the best cuisine ever? Of course not, but they are not the worst anymore either if the NS director is purchasing wisely. Unfortunately, the options are becoming fewer and fewer as manufacturers refuse to make the items necessary to meet these new guidelines. Even with commodity processing the task of finding healthy, tasty meals is daunting.

          Again, if you would like to lend your expertise to a process that is ridiculously difficult to adhere to then please show us how it's done.

          November 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
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