School kids across the country are taking to Twitter today to protest the quality of their cafeteria food. And, they've got a point: Disgusting lunch fare is sort of a rite of passage for American kids. Who among us doesn't remember dreading sloppy Joes served with cold, crinkle-cut fries and a warm box of chocolate milk?
In an effort to improve this school-day shortcoming, the USDA just released new guidelines for school lunches, called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which has been championed by Michelle Obama. It's supposed to ensure that students get a lunch with fruits and vegetables every day of the week, an increase in whole-grain rich foods, and reduced amounts of saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium, among other requirements.
It may not be working. Using the sarcastic hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama, teens across the country have been tweeting pics of their gross school meals: mystery meat and slimy pasta and some very brown-looking "Spanish rice."
It's worth noting that Michelle Obama is being a bit unfairly targeted. She's the First Lady, not actually a legislator, and she has no official say over what gets dished out in lunch lady land. She has also done a great job using her position as FLOTUS to advocate for healthy eating and exercise.