Do You Approve Of New School Lunch Rules?

Stories are cropping up across the country about the resulting food waste and student protests over the new school lunch menus that mandate more fruits and vegetables and less protein. This week’s online poll question is: What do you think of the new school lunch rules?

Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below. Do you have children eating school lunches? How have they responded?

Discuss this poll 19

Anonymous
on Oct 28, 2012

The new program is just disgraceful! I am a student (senior) and I am just built of muscle. Why should I not get protein? I cant even bring protein shakes to school! Get Obama and his fat wife out of office! I know who I'm voting for and his name does not start with an O!

Anonymous
on Oct 16, 2012

As a vegetarian, I like being able to go through the lunch line every once in a while and get a meal that's not centered around a huge hunk of meat.

Anonymous
on Oct 15, 2012

DO YOU WONDER? What MRS. Obama is feeding her children?! Betcha it isn't what our kids are eating in school.The government has no place taking over our children.So what is the next step in the plan of control. I thought we had freedom look's as if we do not.Not even in our health plan anymore. Yes , we do need to get back to control as parents in many way's.what our children watch,eat,and their health plan.

Anonymous
on Oct 15, 2012

the school where i work there are no fat children in that school but a small salad and a half boiled egg is not enought for k-5th grader's to grow on. this is really not a good idea. why not a well balanced meal for the children?this is just a control issue... of who is in charge. the parents should be...that's who.

Anonymous
on Oct 10, 2012

This is an adjustment period people. You don't see that something had to be done when over 50% of the kids in this country are obese? As far as coming home from school starving, I experienced the same thing in 1970 when I was a student. So give them some snacks when they come home, or send them with snacks if they have after school activities. It's healthier anyway to eat smaller meals more often. Perhaps they raise the caloric level, include more protein and keep the fruits and vegetables. But if kids are going to then simply eat the protein and forego the fruits and vegetables, we've kinda shot ourselves in the foot, haven't we?

Anonymous
on Oct 5, 2012

Get the Goverenment out of the lunch program. My daughter is a big milk drinker but she will not drink skim milk and is not a fan of flavored milk now she has to get all her milk at home. She also comes home hungry every day from school.

Anonymous
on Oct 4, 2012

My kids are eating lunch at 3:30 I finally started sending them lunch because my active kids are thin and my oldest is now losing weight (he started at a low BMI). Parents need to pay more attention to properly feeding children the school shouldn't regulate their diets. Non-obese kids are really suffering......

Anonymous
on Oct 4, 2012

Unfortunately, the readers of this post do not reflect the average parent of a school child. Our children are more likely to be active than the vast majority of school kids in the nation, and more likely to eat a healthy diet. A large percentage of parents fall short of "doing their job". And if those kids are not active, the only alternative for them if we want to reduce obesity is to reduce calories. Like most of you other responders, I wish lean meat composed a larger portion of their diet as it provides so much more than protein.

Anonymous
on Oct 4, 2012

My 12 year old daughter comes home and ate 1 1/2 helpings of cereal and milk after school yesterday because she was so hungry. That didn't used to happen even with my son when he was that age. They just aren't getting enough protein to fill them up. I like the fact that they are getting all the fruits and veggies they can eat at our school (they have have 2nds if they finish the rest of the meal they took), but even on a weight loss diet they say to eat 3 oz. of protein at every meal. The kids aren't getting that much most days. My 14 year old football playing son keeps a protein bar in his back pack for after practice.

Anonymous
on Oct 3, 2012

I have a 15 year old daughter that plays high school soccer. She now takes snacks from home with her to eat after school and if she forgets, she walks to the gas station and buys a bag of chips so she doesn't starve before soccer. Even with this snack, she is "starving" when she gets home. At first I thought she wasn't eating lunch because I have seen the nasty stuff they have to serve now but she is choking down even the slop so she has something in her belly. Both of us are very disappointed with the lack of protein, smaller portions, and overall inedibility of what the schools are required to serve now. Bet you and your family don't eat like that Mrs. Obama.

Anonymous
on Oct 2, 2012

I am sick of the government telling us what to do in all aspects of our lives! I have two girls in high school, one runs cross country and the other plays volleyball. They are not fat and school lunches are not enough. My youngest daugter is still growing. They really need that protein. Plus beef is high in iron and young women need iron.

Anonymous
on Oct 2, 2012

Kids need protein for growth. Reducing protein in school lunches is a bad idea. Yes I feel that fruits and vegetables are needed for a balanced diet, but to be balanced diet it should include meats or other proteins. People are all different in their diet needs. I myself need meat in my diet. If I don't eat some type of meat with a meal, my meal doesn't last long till I have to eat again. When I eat some type of meat I can go long periods without eating and eat a smaller meal with meat because it's more filling. Members of my family are different, some will eat more vegetables than meat, some like fruits and cereal. But still we all eat meat.

Anonymous
on Oct 1, 2012

I have a grandson who is playing sports, is very slender (even his basketball coach wants him to add some weight), growing like a weed, a farm boy, too. He leaves home about 6:30 a.m., for weight-lifting, gets home about 6:30 p.m. after football practice and is starved. Now taking his lunch from home!

Anonymous
on Oct 1, 2012

This subject has been getting lots of press and deservedly so. I have a 2nd grade daughter and a boy in Kindergarten. These kids are rock solid muscle when you get ahold of them from climbing in the Buckeye tree, chasing chickens, playing with the puppy and carrying the 5 gal bucket as they pickup walnuts. Due to Mrs. Obama's plan we have to have 3 snacks per day for each kid when they get off the bus. Often they beg to pack their lunch due to fact they do not want to be hungry. Three snacks means and apple, crackers, or jello, often they are so hungry they simply eat a hotdog bun plain just to get something to eat. It's not like they have ruined their dinner we have only held them off until MOM makes dinner. So my point and quite frankly my question to Mrs. Obama. As you have starved kids going home often with no supervision how many eat 3 candy bars for their snack? How many have 3 cookies or 3 bags of doritios? Want to make a difference? Start school 1/2 hr earlier and require every student have 1 full hour of gym/ exercise everyday. If they do no more than walk around the gym, movement is the answer not starvation.

Dad of 2 hungry kids in Ohio.

Anonymous
on Oct 1, 2012

One size does not fit all. I have 11 grandchildren ages 15 months to 13 years. Not one of them is overweight. Their parents see to it they eat nutritionally. They all complain that they are not getting enough meat at school and come home hungry. The other problem is so many of children are not as well cared for---for some the noon meal at school may be their best or only meal a day and we are withholding a very important part of their diet -protein. If you are battling weight issues your noon meal should be your big meal and tapor off as the day goes on. Guess what!? These starved kids (because protein is a long term energy source) go home and eat all night and not healthy foods I suspect because most are coming home to a home with no adult there for at least an hour or more. No matter what the Obamas want you to believe they are not in touch with what is going on in the real world. This is a bad choice on the government's part.

Anonymous
on Oct 1, 2012

That is not why kids are getting fat!! It is because they sit in front of the computer and play games instead of going outside and running and being active.
Also -- sports kids in school need more protein for lunches - not less.

Anonymous
on Oct 1, 2012

Its just another area that the government needs to realize the problem is more lack of exercise than what kids are eating. Video games, movies etc are consuming the kids time after school rather than active activities.

Anonymous
on Oct 1, 2012

All students are not created equally. Just because you are in a certain grade does not take into account your activity level, size, etc. A 90 pound freshman girl on the cross country team does not have the same needs as a 190 pound senior football player. It is not enough food sometimes and too little others. I just talked to a school cook on Friday - she is supposed to feed the pre-schoolers the same as the other elementary students, too much waste. They all need more protein not less.

Anonymous
on Oct 1, 2012

Balance, balance, balance!!! This INCLUDES protein! Beef is a great source for protein and of course, fruits and veggies are a must. But if you take protein out, you have LOST the balance. Don't let the government and vegetarians and/or vegans control the school lunches. BTY, what happened to parents having control and feeding their own children? If we get back to basics and let parents do their job then others won't have to. Such a mistake to think schools have to feed students two or three meals a day!

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