In Carmel Clay, Indiana, the school district representing children in grades K-12 lost $300,000 last school year because students threw out food that was mandated by Michelle Obama’s federal lunch regulations.
Linda Wireman, who works as a food service director for North White School Corporation, told JCOnline.com, “I’ve had a lot of complaints, especially with the little guys. They get a three-quarters cup of vegetables, but if it’s something they don’t like, it goes down the garbage disposal. So there are a lot of complaints they’re going home hungry.”
Amy Anderson, the school district’s food service director, agreed:
I’ve got kids who can stop at Panera and pick up a sandwich that meets none of these criteria. I’m not maybe your typical school district, and they’re assuming that every student doesn’t have access to food, and that’s incorrect in this community. Our kids can just wait and just hop in their BMWs and go to McDonald’s, which they’re rebuilding, making it bigger.
Lori Shofroth, the food service director for the Tippecanoe School Corp., joined in the chorus:
They’re teaching our kids with this meal pattern that it’s OK to throw away. We did a waste study on three different schools, and there was a huge amount of waste. That was just with produce, fruit or vegetables or milk.
JCOnline.com stated that Indiana’s high school seniors have one of the worst records of obesity in the country; 15% are obese.