LAUSD Students Roundly Reject Healthier School Lunch Menu
CBS Los Angeles: The revamped school lunches at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have won awards, commending them for improving the menu at the second largest school district in the nation. Too bad the students don’t agree.
Rejecting healthful alternatives like vegetarian curries and tamales, quinoa salads and pad Thai noodles, students are throwing them in the trash by the thousands, bringing junk food from home and buying instant noodles and other decidedly unhealthy fare from the “black markets” that have begun to thrive at campuses across the district, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Now, cartons of plain milk are being thrown away en masse, unopened, along with uneaten entrees. Participation in the school lunch program has dropped by thousands of students, who are ditching lunch and are suffering from hunger-related ailments.
The complaints have been heard and LAUSD is planning changes to the menu, the Times reports. Burgers and (healthy) pizza are coming back, and dishes like quinoa salads and brown rice cutlets are out.
L.A. Unified serves 650,000 meals daily.
Ruh, roh…what is Queen Michelle going to say about this? Wonder if she’ll be okay with them serving french fries since that’s one of her favorite foods.
Just when is the government going to realize you can’t change people’s behaviors? Shoot, parents have a hard enough time doing that with their own kids! Thankfully the LAUSD will bring back food kids want to eat so they aren’t starving. And you know LAUSD will be happier too when there’s more cash coming in from a higher lunch program participation!