If you have children in school, you already know where this post is going. If not, read on to learn how the government is wasting your tax dollars in yet another venue.
With the First Lady’s both urging and encouragement, school lunch programs are quite different this year.
… prompted by changes in federal school-lunch rules, Central Florida students are not allowed to turn down the healthful produce… [emphasis supplied]
Here’s the way this piece of government intrusion works. Unlike years past, this year, students must take a serving of fruit and vegetable whether they want it or not. In the past, if a student didn’t want to take a serving of, let’s say, spinach, he or she could decline to do so. And, schools spent less money buying and preparing spinach. They did so only to meet expected student demand for spinach. Now, schools must spend the money to both purchase and prepare enough spinach for the entire student body.
Nationally, as more schools adjust to the new rule, many are starting to take trash studies more seriously.
What is a trash study, you ask?
That is where schools try to figure our what the students are throwing away.
…uneaten lunchtime food nationwide costs taxpayers about $600 million a year or more, according to a 2002 congressional report.
And how does one conduct said study?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture already has sunk $2 million into a [trash study] in San Antonio schools, where researchers photograph students’ plates during lunch.
Other districts in Texas and Massachusetts are contracting with researchers who will monitor lunchtime trash…
As a public service, this blog will come to the rescue. For considerably less than $2 million, we will tell the federal government what is being tossed, literally, that is, by students…fruits, vegetables and anything cleverly disguised as real food that is made from fruits or vegetables.