Awful Looking Photos of School Lunches Are Popping Up With #ThanksMichelleObama


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Students around the nation are taking to social media outlets to voice their frustrations about poor school lunch food being served. The students are placing the blame in Michelle Obama’s lap, and adding a sarcastic #ThanksMichelleObama to photos of dismal looking school lunches.



Michelle Obama championed significant changes to school lunch nutrition regulations as  part of her “Let’s Move” campaign in 2012. The regulations came as an effort to combat the growing trend of childhood obesity. The revisions aimed to  “…make sure our kids’ lunches and breakfasts will have more whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and less fat and sodium and set sensible calorie limits based on the age of children being served.”

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The new school lunch regulations were well-intentioned, however, photos of the resulting school lunches are less than appetizing. There seems to be a problem with the implementation of these healthy lunches. Here are several photos of school lunches that have been posted under #ThanksMichelleObama.


A soggy hot dog and side of corn:


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A rather dry looking pork sandwich, apple, and small salad:


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Other than the piece of toast, this lunch is a mystery:


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While these photos paint a dismal picture of the school lunches available to students, it is unlikely a full and accurate representation of all the options available.

“Students are always provided full servings of both fruits and vegetables as well as protein options, so clearly many of the photos posted do not fully reflect the full range of choices students are provided,” said USDA’s Cullen Schwarz.

Photos of unsavory school lunches dominate social media, however, there are students responding by posting photos of decent, if not appetizing, school lunches.


 A healthy looking mix of fruits and vegetables:


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 Pasta dish with fresh fruit and salad:


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In July, Michelle Obama said she would “fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our schools, because these kids, all of these kids, are worth it.”

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There is no doubt that school lunches are far from the ideal meal, and the photos being posted under #ThanksMichelleObama are proving that more than ever. Although the legislation may be well-intentioned, it does not always translate into real results at the ground level.

Getting healthier meals into the hands of student is going to take more work than creating restrictions on calories and fats. With that being said, getting students to eat healthy school lunches is a battle that may never be fully won.