Fight Growing Over D.C. School Lunch Standards

Once again, school officials are finding themselves disheartened by students who are given fruits and vegetables in school cafeterias only to throw them away before leaving the lunch line. Officials are arguing amongst themselves about what to do to stop it.

“We have some of the healthiest trash cans in the nation,” joked Brad Kramer, director of food services for the Grain Valley R-V School District in a Kansas City, Missouri, suburb.

Kramer is not the first school official to employ this joke. It has been making the rounds of schools all across the country.

Fort Thomas, Kentucky, School Superintendent Gene Kirchner pointed out last year that if Michelle Obama’s program is resulting in so much waste, it is not very effective. “I have to think that across the country, it has to be a staggering amount of food going to waste, and I think there are people out there who could really use that food,” he said.

“We don’t want to have the most nutritious waste basket in the state or the country. We want to serve nutritious food,” Kramer added. “But it’s only nutritious if students eat it.”

Along with Kirchner, Kramer and other school officials want more flexibility with Obama’s strict lunch standards.