Students disgruntled with their school lunch options have taken to social media to tweet pictures of their unappetizing-looking food under the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama.
Hunter Whitney, a student at Wisconsin’s Richmond Center High School, said this dish is called “Spanish rice” and that students aren’t supplied with salt.
— Hunter Whitney (@huntwhitney4) November 13, 2014
@huntwhitney4 @karaschardt Looks more like Spanish moss.
— Conservatarian (@z56po) November 20, 2014
The lunches, many Thanksgiving-themed, have to comply with the food regulations implemented by the USDA and championed by the first lady, who has taken on the challenge of fighting childhood obesity.
— Marissa Garrett (@marissajgarrett) November 18, 2014
But high schoolers, like senior Jess Sency, have been using the power of the internet to show off exactly what those regulations look like.
Sency wrote that this dish is supposed to be baked beans.
— Jess (@Jess_Sency) November 18, 2014
@Jess_Sency @Shutterbugfun What IS that supposed to be?
— Victoria Taft (@VictoriaTaft) November 21, 2014
At Austin High School in Minnesota, Maya Wuertz’s lunch was a small serving of apple sauce and a sad chicken burger.
It should be noted there may be healthier options or alternatives available that the students have chosen not to take.
— Maya (@mayawuertz) November 17, 2014
@wuertznightmare @soylentbeige looks like nursing home lunch not lunch for growing teens
— nonotme (@claudet28549415) November 20, 2014
In July, Obama said she would “fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have.”
The USDA guidelines implemented over the last few years include limits on calories, fat, sugar, and sodium for all food and drinks sold during the school day for 100,000 schools across the country.
This isn’t the first time the hashtag has made the rounds — kids were also sharing questionable snapshots of their school meals back in April.
New school food rules set by Congress also require more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in school cafeterias.
— Kyle Grabill? (@KG_2) April 8, 2014
But schools have struggled to get kids to eat the foods and as a result, some schools have had their funding cut.
Peggy Lawrence, director of nutrition at the Rockdale County Public Schools in Georgia, told the Huffington Post “If the kids don’t eat the food, then all I have is healthy trash cans.”
— Chelie in TX (@ChelieinTX) November 20, 2014