Storm Lake Kids Are Hungry, Feds Say No Seconds

An angry teenager tweeted this picture of a "healthy" school lunch on Twitter

An angry teenager tweeted this picture of a “healthy” school lunch on Twitter

The Storm Lake Pilot Tribune reports that kids in the Storm Lake Elementary School are still hungry after eating their Michelle Obama-approved school lunch.

Federal rules don’t allow students have seconds, and the school says kids are still hungry while at the same time the school kitchen is throwing food away.  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was signed into law in 2010 which mandated certain foods, portion sizes, etc. be implemented in school cafeterias if they were to receive federal dollars for their hot lunch programs.

“In talking to some of my friends who are principals around the country, some schools are starting to opt out of the hot lunch program,” because of the regulations, Principal Juli Kwikkel said this week.

While the program features fruit like apples and applesauce, and iceberg lettuce on a fresh food bar, “That doesn’t fill them up. They don’t get much protein. And you’ll be told that it’s because they are following the federal regulations.”

The students get entree choices, which is fine, but a one-size-fits-all lunch isn’t always doing the job, the principal feels. “It just depends on the child, the meal and the day of the week. We have some kids who will throw their food away, and others who lick the plate clean and are still quite hungry.”

The fact that the regulations require left-over food to be thrown away instead of fed to hungry students has the principal on the verge of rebellion.

“Monday is always the worst,” says Kwikkel. “Often we have kids who haven’t eaten much for the weekend. After lunch, they are still going to be hungry.”

Asked if she is seeing a lot of this situation: “I am.”

Last spring The Washington Times reported that one million kids stopped eating school lunches after her standards were implemented.  Here we have yet another example of a top-down, one-size-fits-all policy that does not work.  More school districts need to push back and opt-out.

About Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart founded Iowans for Local Control in 2012 which later merged with Iowa RestorEd. Shane also is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts and the founder and president of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +.


  1. Leslie Beck says:

    Is that photo of 3 grapes for the fruit?

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