The Reality Behind School Lunches: Cutting Corners

The Reality Behind School Lunches: Cutting Corners

No, Michelle Obama did not personally ruin your school lunches.

There is a topic of conversation around a lunch table in high school that I so vividly remember, and post-millennial students probably too. Michelle Obama, First Lady, had a campaign throughout her time spent in the White House to work on the issue of childhood obesity in America. One way she decided to combat that was set up a set of standards that all schools must abide by in order to provide healthy and nutritious lunches to public school students.

The guidelines for school lunches are as follows:

1 serving of fruit must be provided per school lunch.

1 serving of vegetables must be provided per school lunch, and one dark green, orange, or starchy vegetables per week.

Daily and weekly minimum for meat, or meat alternative.

The guidelines for school breakfast are as follows:

1 serving of fruit must be provided per school breakfast

1 meat or meat alternative must be provided per school breakfast.

Breakfasts must be offered on all school days.

So these requirements don't seem so bad. So why do your school lunches taste and look so pathetic? I can relate, as my senior year of high school, I documented my school lunches frequently, emphasizing their lack of nutrition or flavor. They were overpriced and hardly considered edible at times. I get it, school lunches usually suck, and students often times resort to snack bars and vending machines to eat while at school.

What you do not realize is that this was not Michelle Obama's doing. Michelle did not "ruin our school lunches" nor did she "take away all of our good foods."

These guidelines are enforced through every school district in America, and if schools do not abide by them, they can be held fiscally responsible.

Because schools wanted to alter their lunch program as little as possible while avoiding economic punishment, they resorted to cutting corners and taking away options that seem better. Many schools often resort to outsourcing to companies that run lunch programs instead. A popular and cheap option for school is Sodexo, who have a bad reputation among students for their strange policies, and overpriced food.

When I went to high school, a student could not eat lunch if they did not have enough money in their account, and they would throw that student's tray in the trash. Why put the food to waste when there is a hungry student?

Also, you cannot get two servings of the same fruit or vegetable, or it will not count, and you will be charged for each side separately, which can add up quickly.

Not only that, but serving sizes are often times particularly small. This is because schools must stay within caloric guidelines, while still serving students the meals they prefer, which results in much smaller portions.

This was not Michelle Obama's plan. It was not to serve kids gross meals and charge them several dollars for it. The problem is that schools have to cut corners to make things work without too much change, and that is a problem within the school district and their decision to outsource.

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Finals Week As Explained By Chandler Bing

"All right, I took the final. And it turns out I do put Netflix before studying."

It’s officially finals week . That's right, it's that time of year again. You begin to question your decision of going to college and have found a new home inside of the library (which some of you may have had no idea it existed before finals week). Every student can relate to the large amount of stress that comes along with finals week and it seems like the whole campus has turned into zombies. Coffee (and nothing but coffee) is the only thing keeping you moving at this point. Chandler Bing can relate far too well, but luckily he adds some humor to this otherwise disastrous week and I hope you find comfort in the fact that there are thousands of others are out there suffering along with you, I know I do. That makes my mental breakdown all the more justifiable and we all know a breakdown is inevitable. Here are some laughs that are all too relatable but will (hopefully) brighten your spirits!

1. When you have three exams to study for, two presentations and one paper to finish

So much to do in so little time.

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2. When you haven't moved from the same spot in the library at all

That awkward moment when your butt is actually so sore from sitting too long...been there done that.

3. You want to eat anything and everything, both out of stress and sleep deprivation

They call it comfort food for a reason.

4. And you actually fall asleep while attempting to study (but hopefully not during your final)

Because your body just cannot take being awake any longer. But you really wanna pass the class not pass out.

5. Trying to make the word count on your final paper

Must make that page limit. Must get every ounce of information on there. But. Don't lie, we all do it.

6. When your professor tells you that your final is cumulative

Can't take in that much information. NOPE!

7. When you receive your exam and suddenly get into the holiday spirit

Nothing says "happy holidays" like lengthy 2-hour exams that sucks out your soul.

8. The more you study, the more you question why you’re in college at all

Your major becomes too much because of the work. From science to music to education to nursing. The stress is bringing you down. We've all been there.

9. And then you start to question EVERYTHING

Because logic isn't simply going to help you pass your class.

10. You don’t want to hear how all your friends are done Monday when you have to stay until Thursday

Please tell me how easy your week is because you only have 2 finals as opposed to my 5 finals.

11. When other people say they have fewer or easier finals than you

I envy all of you!

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12. When someone tells you that you've been watching too much Netflix and tries to get you to stop and you're like

You don't need that kind of negativity in your life. No you do not.

13. When you finally walk out of your last test for the year, you feel like you can conquer anything

Well, almost anything.

14. That feeling when you not only passed the final, but you passed the class as well. After all those hours of studying and stress.

Okay, now you can conquer anything. But first, get some sleep.

Let's face it, we're all Chandler Bing and Chandler Bing is us. Finals week is here my friends and I wish you all the best of luck! We need it. We really do need it.

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