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INGRID JACQUES

Editor’s note: Students not thankful for school food

Ingrid Jacques
The Detroit News

With Thanksgiving this week, delicious food is on a lot of people’s minds. But students in Michigan and around the country aren’t especially grateful for the low-calorie offerings they find at school.

In recent days, young people have taken to Twitter to express their distaste over their school lunch and snack choices.

Via hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama they’re giving a sarcastic shout-out to the first lady’s mission to make America’s kids healthier. Her Let’s Move campaign has led to the development of strict new rules regulating what schools can feed children — not only in cafeterias but also snacks and drinks in vending machines. The rules, enforced by the U.S. Agriculture Department, are not negotiable for schools if they wish to receive federal funding for their school lunch programs.

Late last month, the Farmington Public Schools PTA had offered students at Warner Upper Elementary School a doughnut if they brought a $10 donation for the school’s fun run fundraiser. But a few hours after sending the email to families, the school sent out another email saying doughnut day was canceled, since it went against the government’s new “smart snacks” standards.

Thanks, Michelle Obama.