More government waste
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.
SOS, I think you have it nailed!
AND, I think that there is a union boondoggle here. Anything to do with trash is union territory. Thus, jobs for the union!!!!! Dollars for the officials!! Yeaaaahhhh!
As an aside, as a young trooper, I witnessed the WASTE in my unit’s messhall. The slop cans were sold to farmers for a lot of money. No mystery there! And, I am sure there was also DISPOSAL fee. Always a fee. Could this be the same scam??
The Class-A rations were loooonnnng gone, by the way. We NEVER saw them. (Steaks, chops, etc.)
I suspect that there is more to Moochell’s change in menu than what’s best for the children.
In the interests of good old capitalist competition, I will do that trash study for half of what those “researchers” are charging.?? In MA anyway….??? 😉
My mom had it figured.? She always cooked ALMOST enough for each meal.? Hungry?? Eat faster than everybody else.? Want seconds? Little sister isn’t? finished with her spinach yet Snatch!? Mon’s cooking never got criticized, either.
A lot of those foods can be turned into delicious meals if they’ve got any talent in the kitchen… ?I’d love to see Gordon Ramsey visit average school cafeterias and assess the state of school lunch in America! ?
“How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?” – Pink Floyd?
From Charles Dickens “Oliver”:
Sound familiar?? (My apologies for the long post, but it is so ?bamaesque!)
I taught school for 35 years and am very familiar with school cafeterias. ?Very often my young students could not consume all of their meal within the 20 minutes or so allocated and would want to bring fruit or a bag of chips back to the classroom to take home. ?Cafeteria staff routinely made them throw the food away! ?They said it was illegal to remove food paid for with Federal funds from the cafeteria (even though I pointed out several students had actually paid full fare for their food). I taught my kids how the slip an apple up their sleeves or how to tuck a bag of unopened chips under their shirts, ?Ridiculous? ?You bet! ?But not as ridiculous as throwing away food that kids wanted to eat!
A Hartford schools guy I know says the walls & floors of the cafeterias are thick with food.