A new hashtag started by public school students is drawing attention to new federal efforts, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, to make school lunches healthier — with often-unappetizing results.
The trending topic #ThanksMichelleObama began when high-school students posted pictures to Twitter of their unappetizing Thanksgiving school lunches.
Trigger warning: May cause nausea.
— Melissa Mackenzie 🌐 (@MelissaTweets) November 21, 2014
— Erin Harris (@Erin1Harris) November 21, 2014
— Marshal R Carp,Ph.D. (@MarshalRCarpIII) November 20, 2014
— @Curt Golden (@curtandnan) November 20, 2014
— Mrs. BeeKeeper (@jamie_beehive) November 20, 2014
— ay$ia (@idkaysia) November 21, 2014
— Ines G(: (@Garcia14i509) November 24, 2014
Michelle Obama has gotten plenty of criticism for her nanny-state approach to nutrition. LetsMove.gov, associated with the first lady’s initiative, says that the National School Lunch Program will focus on portion size and “low-fat dairy milk products, and less sodium and fat,” but it looks like something’s gone a little wrong in the process. Michelle Malkin reported in May that students throw out about $18 million a year in food in the Los Angeles school district alone because they find it unappetizing. It’s not hard, when perusing #ThanksMichelleObama, to believe that claim.
— Markeece Young (@MarkeeceYBR) November 21, 2014
Following the popularity of the social media trend, the Department of Agriculture, which helps regulate and provide student lunches, issued a statement to BuzzFeed saying that “clearly many of the photos posted do not fully reflect the full range of choices students are provided.”
— Christine Sisto is an editorial associate at National Review Online.