Another School District Drops Michelle Obama’s Lunch Program


“You can offer nutritious, healthy foods, but you can’t make kids eat them or like them.” That’s the conclusion school district officials in New York’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake have drawn and why they’re ditching Michelle Obama‘s lunch program beginning September 2013. As Kyle Olson from reports, the officials point to “hungry, frustrated children plus lost income” as reasons for discarding the program.

“After discussing the issue several times and examining a year’s worth of data, in June members of the school board unanimously agreed that BH-BL food service manager Nicky Boehm could likely do a better job of providing lunches in the district’s five schools if she were no longer burdened with the regulations that come with participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP),” a district news release reads.

The data showed that all five district schools lost money, totaling about $100,000, during school year 2011-2012. That’s equivalent to the cost of a teaching position, Olson points out. The feedback from the students was also problematic. Assistant Superintendent Chris Abdoo said, “Ms. Boehm and her staff worked hard to implement the new regulations, but there were just too many problems and too many foods that students did not like and would not purchase. Students complained of being hungry with these lunches. I’m confident we can do better on our own next year.”

The data was “upsetting” to Boehm because she takes pride in not only offering nutritious meals to her students but also operating her five cafeterias at a profit. “The intent of the federal regulations was great, but the rigidity of the program was a backbreaker,” she says, referring to both the daily and weekly requirements. She looks forward to bringing back student-favorite foods like Taco Salads and sandwich varieties, and “to being able to act more like the trained chef she is and less like a food policeman.”

1 Comment

  1. July 9, 2013  6:59 pm by rosalie Reply

    No common sense. If these kids aren't eating those food at home, why would they eat them at school?

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