Michelle O’s Menu ‘Financial Disaster,’ School District Says

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Calling it a “financial disaster,” another school district is dropping out of the recently overhauled National School Lunch Program.

Nicolet High School in Wisconsin’s Glendale school district says because of it’s financial losses last school year, it’s opting out for the 2014-15 school year.

“We thought it would be a financial disaster for us this year with the full implementation (of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act),” district business manager Jeff Dellutri said at a recent school board meeting, according to Glendalenow.com.

Healthy foods are required under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which will be fully implemented this year. But Vicky Hanson, the district’s food service director, said foods like black beans, kale and whole grains just end up in the trash at the end of the lunch hour.

“We put it out, but they just don’t take it,” she said. “It’s always in the trash.”

Dellutri told the board the district lost about $10,000 by being forced to serve “healthy” food students refuse to eat.

Glendale is the latest Wisconsin district to revolt under the federal regulations.

Earlier this month, Muskego-Norway school board president Rick Petfalski told the Journel Sentinel, “We believe that proper food nutrition and meal portion guidelines are best decided at a local level.”

“By leaving the program we will not be required to follow these onerous guidelines, pushed by and large by Michelle Obama, who last I checked has been elected by no one,” Petfalski said, EAGnews reported at the time.

Michigan School Board Member to Michelle O: ‘Here in Flyover Country, We Like Cupcakes’

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Parents don’t like it when bureaucrats act like they know more about parenting children than the actual parents do. Just ask Michigan mom Wendy Day.

She was on the Howell, Michigan school board when the Obama administration was passing some of the most sweeping federal power grabs aimed at local schools, including mandates on school lunches and snacks.

“Control of education seems to be shifting to Washington D.C. at an alarming rate. From the back door implementation of Common Core to the micromanaging of lunch boxes, Washington bureaucrats seem to think they know better than the rest of us,” Day, now a candidate for state House, tells EAGnews.

“The federal government doesn’t care about lower levels of government. They prove that every time they steamroll over the rights of states and local municipalities. I often refer to Washington D.C. as the ‘dome of stupidity.’ Local school boards need to have much more control over what happens in their District.”

Day would have some choice words for school lunch overhaul champion Michelle Obama, if she had the chance to talk to her.

“I would tell her, mom to mom, to stay out of my child’s lunch box. She can feed her kids whatever she wants, but if I want to feed my kids a cupcake and peanut butter sandwich, it isn’t her business. Here in fly over country, we like cupcakes,” Day says.

The push back stems from the arrogance emanating from Washington, D.C.

HotAir.com reports:

Before coming to the White House, I struggled, as a working parent with a traveling, busy husband, to figure out how to feed my kids healthy, and I didn’t get it right,” she explained, sharing a story about her children’s doctor who pulled her aside to talk about her family diet.

“I thought to myself, if a Princeton and Harvard-educated professional woman doesn’t know how to adequately feed her kids, then what are other parents going through who don’t have access to the information I have?” she recalled.

“The more the ‘nutrition police’ try to enforce their self-made laws, the more irritated we get,” Day tells EAGnews.

Day suggests schools declare September 17 – Constitution Day – a “cupcake day” in honor of Obama.

Wash. School District Complies with Michelle O’s Lunch Rules and Bans Birthday Cupcakes

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First it was french fries in the cafeteria. Now Michelle Obama and the food police are coming for your birthday cupcakes as well.

EAGnews.org reports:

Michelle Obama’s national school lunch overhaul is getting a little ridiculous.

The First Lady worked with federal bureaucrats to strictly limit what types of foods can be served in school cafeterias across the country in an effort to fight childhood obesity. The federal regulations on meat, vegetables, salt, and other aspects of the school lunch has been met with staunch indignation from students who have either trashed their mandatory fruit and vegetables or opted not to eat lunch at all.

Now, the Edmonds School District in Washington state and others are cracking down on birthday cupcakes and other sugary snacks students bring from home under a directive from the federal lunch police, according to news reports.

“Birthday parties in classrooms may be celebrated with non-food treats and favors for students. No food is allowed as part of a birthday celebration,” according to a new Edmonds School District policy tied to the federal lunch rules, according to The Herald.

“Appropriate alternatives to food that may be shared on special occasions can be within the procedures,” the district’s website states.

Instead of tasty cupcakes, students can now celebrate their birthdays with gift pencils, origami frogs and extra recess time. Yay.

Read more here.

School Lunch Leaders: Quitting Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program Will Save Us Money

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Michelle Obama’s school lunch program has created a number of issues in school districts around America. Some of these districts are starting to fight back and drop the costly program.

EAGnews.org reports:

There’s a mini-rebellion brewing in school cafeterias over the stringent new lunch rules that are championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Students started this uprising in the last few years by simply refusing to eat the federally mandated school lunch offerings that contain reduced calories, sugar, sodium and fat – you know, the stuff that gives food its taste.

Now school boards are also pushing pack against D.C.’s school lunch police.

The latest to do so is Pennsylvania’s Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.

Philly.com reports Unionville-Chadds Ford school leaders are opting their high school students out of the National School Lunch Program, beginning next fall.

Officials said the new federal lunch rules for the 2014-15 school year – which place strict limits on sodium and require all grains to be “whole-grain rich” – will drive down food sales so dramatically that complying with the D.C. mandate doesn’t make financial sense.

The news site notes the district has already experienced a decline “in the number of students buying lunch at school, from 32 percent in 2011 to 25 percent last school year.”

Read more here.

Six New Jersey Women Charged With Stealing From School Lunch Program

MoneyLunch
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Should we really be surprised when federal handout programs expand and there is more fraud?

This time it is fraud with Michelle Obama’s school lunch program.

EAGnews.org reports:

Investigations by the Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey State Police led to Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman’s Office charging six women, all public employees, with“…stealing a total of more than $10,000 from the federally funded free and reduced-price school lunch program by filing false applications for their children,” according to Politickernj.com.

The six women charged represent only a few of the cases under investigation involving school lunch fraud.

From Politickernj.com:

The Office of the State Comptroller referred numerous potential cases to the Division of Criminal Justice involving public employees or their families who allegedly under-reported their household income in order to fraudulently qualify their children for free or reduced-price lunches.  These six defendants represent the first round of prosecutions resulting from the referrals and the ongoing investigative efforts of the Division of Criminal Justice and State Police, Hoffman said.

The Attorney General’s Office charged the following women on Monday “…by complaint-summons with third-degree theft by deception,” according to the news site.

Read more here.

Report: National School Lunch Program misspent nearly $1 BILLION last year

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The Government Accountability Office finds the National School Lunch Program misspent nearly $1 billion last fiscal year – 8 percent of its budget.

The Casper (Wy.) Star Tribune reports:

The report said the USDA made an estimated $996 million in errors in 2013 while certifying families for the program, which offers free and reduced lunch prices to students whose families live near or below federal poverty levels. 

In nearly half the cases inspected in the report, households were not actually eligible for the free or reduced-price meals they were receiving. Families had excluded the income of a parent, lied about their household size and understated their income.

The GAO recommends the feds should more easily be able to match “external income data, such as state payroll data, with participant information to identify households whose income exceeds eligibility thresholds for verification” to “help identify ineligible participants.”