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.
But, misguided rage aside, the hashtag is pretty great — whether it encourages you to advocate for healthy eating or just evokes some nostalgia for the gluey macaroni and cheese of your youth. Keep reading for 14 student accounts that are almost too real.