'Tiny & Very Processed': HS Student Leads Boycott of First Lady's Lunches
Students at a Wisconsin high school are boycotting the lunch program, upset over tiny portions and declining quality.
Meghan Hellrood, a senior at D.C. Everest High School in Weston, talked to Ainsley Earhardt this morning to explain why she's leading the protest against the federal program, which was championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Hellrood said the calorie-capped, skimpy meals are leaving students hungry for the rest of the day and she disputed that the choices being offered are actually healthy.
"It's not actually giving us healthy foods. It's giving us small portions of very processed foods. Kids aren't happy about that," said Hellrood, referring to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, which was passed in 2010 as part of an effort to combat childhood obesity.
She said cafeteria workers have even limited students to one condiment packet per person.
Hellrood said she and her friends came together to make bagged lunches for kids who can't afford to bring their own lunch every day, and they have received donations from the community.
She explained that kids are sometimes being given a box of raisins as the fruit portion, and overall she doesn't see the offerings as being any healthier.
Hellrood questioned how a high school athlete could be expected to practice or play later in the day after only having access to these lunches.
“[Athletes] are not performing as well as they could, and people’s test scores are going down because they’re hungry throughout the day.”
Watch the interview above, and take a look for yourself at some of the meals she's referring to:
2.25 for a corndog and a milk for lunch. Thanks Michelle Obama. pic.twitter.com/mv2fds3gxm
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