Twelfth-grader Paige Clark talks with cashier Gina Sachse during lunch at East Hamilton Middle High School. Photo by John Rawlston / Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Across the nation, students and parents are protesting the new nutritional standards since the school lunch program was changed this year.
In an attempt to curb childhood obesity, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act limits how much and what kind of grains can be served, ups the daily servings of fruits and vegetables and puts strict limits on calories, salt, fats and sugars. The USDA regulates all school lunch programs that participate in federal free- and reduced-lunch programs.
Complaints have varied, with some students saying the new meals are too bland and others saying there just isn't enough food anymore.
Wisconsin students have staged a brown bag lunch boycott and high school students and teachers in Kansas produced the YouTube music video, "We are Hungry." It took little time for the politicizing of the new standards, which were championed by first lady Michelle Obama and signed into law by the president.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:36 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:36:31 GMT
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