By Ray Dunaway

There’s a whiff of rebellion in the air…. Over school lunches.

Increasingly, school districts throughout the republic are choosing to opt out of the federally-subsidized school lunch program for a number of reasons; the mandates are too costly, sometimes hard to fulfill, and most importantly, the kids won’t eat what’s served, and so precious vegetables and fruits are being thrown out. It’s estimated over 1 million students have opted to bring their own lunches. The new regulations were issued to address the growing problem of childhood obesity and so the guidelines limit the amount of sodium, fat and sugar that may be served in the school lunchroom. (I forgot the whole grains. And though I wouldn’t know personally, whole-grain lasagna noodles are not very good), The hope is that later in life, these healthy, not- so- happy kids will lessen the burden on our already overtaxed healthcare system, thereby saving our overtaxed citizens money. An additional benefit will be a healthier diet once we turn to cannibalism due to overpopulation, as Stanford Professor Paul “Never been right about anything” Ehrlich recently predicted. (Google it). He actually believes this just as he believed one of his earlier predictions warning that Great Britain would be non-existent by 2000.

But, since the Daily Mail website still is up and running, I have reason to believe is Britannia still around. Then again, their photos (and there are lots of them) may be Photoshopped.

The twitterverse is flooded with photos taken by students of the meager portions of depressing foodstuffs. Posted photos include items such as a tiny portion of Shepherd’s Pie paired with a tasty whole-grain dinner roll, and naturally, no butter to be found. Another image depicts a sorry-looking chicken breast sandwich (no mayo, I’m willing to bet), and a container of 1 percent milk.

The First Lady, late last week, pushed back, vowing that there would be no going back. You’ll be hungry and you’ll like it.

Of course, these rules don’t apply to private schools, where she and the President send their kids, as do most of their big donors. The elite Sidwell Friends School is Washington’s academy of choice, and you’ll never guess what’s being served in their lunchroom today.  A quick web search brings the answer:

May 27, 2014

Tomato Dill Soup
Quinoa Salad
Red Skin Potato Salad
BBQ Wings & Drums
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Bake
Corn w/ Piquillo Peppers
Black Beans and Rice
As for tomorrow’s offering:
May 28, 2014
Spring Vegetable Soup
Classic Caesar Salad
Deviled Egg Salad
All Natural Meatball Subs
Spinach Ricotta Phyllo Bake
Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomato

My guess is students can choose various items, and there’s no way of knowing if choices are limited- but I’m willing to bet they’re not. But it is interesting to get a glimpse of how the other half lives, and eats.

Meanwhile, shut up and enjoy lunch.


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