Reason- A school administrator from Hartford City, Indiana, recently told a House subcommittee that a “contraband economy” in food flavoring packets had arisen in response to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, according to The Washington Free Beacon:
“Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling–salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne, the president of Blackford County School Board of Trustees in Hartford City, Indiana.
“This ‘contraband’ economy is just one example of many that reinforce the call for flexibility [with the rules],” he said.
Payne noted other problems with the “one-size-fits-all” approach to providing healthier meals to students, including fewer kids participating in the program and higher food waste. The trend started in 2012, when the school lunch law, which was championed by Mrs. Obama, went into effect.
“Students are avoiding cafeteria food,” Payne said. “More students bring their lunch, and a few parents even ‘check out’ their child from campus, taking them to a local fast-food restaurant or home for lunch.”
Payne also said school fundraisers like bake sales, have been canceled due to the rules, and “whole-grain items and most of the broccoli end up in the trash” in his district.
Thanks a lot (Michelle) Obama.
Well, her heart was in the right place, but execution is a little off. Tried to make kids eat healthier and she fucked around and sent them down the preliminary path of selling illegal items on school grounds. I bet this doesn't have any unintended consequences once they hit high school or college. Just goes to show you if you tell kids they can't have something they are only going to want it more. Hell, I eat healthier now because I choose to, but if there was some one over my shoulder telling me that I absolutely had to I would order Chinese every single night just to spite them. Did she think putting a couple pieces of broccoli next to a bunch of bland cafeteria slop was going to turn kids from bags of fat to health conscious robots? People love their salt. Salt basically is a drug. A former roommate of mine once gave up excess salt for lent. That's right, he didn't give up salt. He gave up excess salt because he simply couldn't go without getting his fix. Don't tell me that's not a addict's mentality. You try to ban something people feel so passionately about when it is readily accessible in each and every home in America and this is what happens.
Hey, you can't hate on kids for making an extra buck. It's the American way. Supply and demand. Everyone knows the only way to offset a lack of physical well being is by having a wealth of financial well being. We don't mind if you are fat as long as you are successful. That's why Chris Christie is allowed to clamor on and on about making sure our youth takes care of their bodies while he is as big as a house. If he wasn't rich people might even say that he is being hypocritical. However, he holds office so he can use as much salt as he wants and no one can say shit about it. If kids aren't going to slim down their sodium intake they might as well fatten their wallets while they are at it.