- The Washington Times - Monday, April 14, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Brandon had a simple question for school authorities: “Every day, I pick my boy up from school and he says he’s hungry. What are you feeding these kids at school?”

A D.C. father of a first-grader, Brandon, like parents everywhere, doesn’t know this, but every school day authorities are trashing the food choices made in Washington by bureaucrats (and first lady Michelle Obama).

Tacos sans cheese and sour cream, mashed potatoes without gravy and spaghetti without garlic bread.

Chicken salad for young kids.

Really?

See, the food police are cracking down on food options and trying to dull kids’ taste buds. Moreover, they are trying to accomplish what parents have forever failed to pull off — and that’s getting kids to eat foods they do not like.

So instead of serving foods they do like, including french fries, some school authorities participating in the taxpayer-funded National School Lunch Program have decided to make smart choices on their own — and that No. 1 choice is to opt out of the program.

One Illinois superintendent, of the Monticello School District, recently lamented to The News-Gazette that “The guidelines require us to serve items like three orange vegetables a week. Can you name three orange vegetables?” said Vic Zimmerman. “Squash, sweet potatoes, they wouldn’t eat them. Kids like carrots but not three times a week. You’ve got to serve them, but the kids won’t eat them, so there’s a huge waste of food.”

And money.

Local, state and federal dollars help cover free and reduced meals for underprivileged school kids, and they help subsidize full-price meals for other kids.

The problem is not the subsidy, though; it’s the food police and the waste.

Fat, sodium, sugar, processed sauces — all the things that make food tasty — are no-nos. And no french fries, no P&B on plain white bread.

Small “Wonder” the bakery can never again claim to help “build strong bodies 12 ways.” The food police mandate whole-grain breads.

Even the yogurt served at schools has to be “healthy.”

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