School kids across the nation are sarcastically thanking first lady Michelle Obama on Twitter for the unsightly school lunches.
The hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama was between the top trends on Twitter along with photos of the off-putting school lunches on Friday within the United States.
In an attempt to fight childhood obesity, Michelle Obama pushed standards requiring more whole grains, fruits and vegetables in school meals in 2012, making her the image of healthier school food. She also imposed limits on fat, sugar and sodium.
Some schools said that a few of the new meals end up in the garbage while some of them successfully applied the new standards.
The hashtag started about two years ago but never really caught momentum until Friday when several sites picked it up and people started posting pictures of the meals along with the hashtag.
Hunter, 17 year old, a senior at Richland Center High School in Wisconsin said that his school meals have been going down in quality over the four years he spent in high school. He said regarding the Spanish rice that “you couldn’t feel the individual grains of rice. It was just a solid mush.”
A junior at Fraser High School in Michigan, Halana Turner uploaded a photo of slushy sandwich Friday morning. The girls said she used to enjoy the meals served by her school and added that she doesn’t blame the school because it’s just following the rules.
In order of countering the critics, some kids posted images of more appealing meals. Numerous people joked that the kids are not the first generation to criticize the meals served in schools.
The White House didn’t immediately comment on the matter, but a spokesperson from an Agriculture Department said that the majority of the meals aren’t as appalling as the ones in the photos. The USDA supervises the program regarding school meals.
Cullen Schwarz of USDA said:
“Students are always provided full servings of both fruits and vegetables as well as protein options, so clearly many of the photos posted do not fully reflect the full range of choices students are provided,”
The first lady vigorously lobbied against the veto threat the White House made because of the proposal.
Michelle Obama said this summer:
“I’m going to fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our schools, because these kids, all of these kids, are worth it,”