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School Lunch Regulations Create Black Market, Hunger, Wasted Food

September 26, 2012 by  

School Lunch Regulations Create Black Market, Hunger, Wasted Food

Some entrepreneurial students in Massachusetts are using the restrictions on school lunches as a way to make a little extra money. A black market for chocolate syrup is forming. The sugary substance sells for 50 cents a squeeze.

On Aug. 1, chocolate milk became a thing of the past for students at Greater New Bedford Vocational-Technical High School. But that hasn’t stopped students from making their own.

“Of course they got rid of dessert, (but) flavored milk … I don’t understand why we can’t have that,” student Paige Lame told the Standard Times.

The rules also reduce the amount of protein students can have while increasing their servings of fruits and vegetables.

Students are largely not in favor of the new rules. Massachusetts introduced new lunchroom guidelines this year, as have many schools across the Nation.

“You’re paying more for less,” said student Erik Cortez of New Bedford. “I get it, but why should they have the right to tell you what you can and can’t eat?”

If students don’t eat the lunch, then the program is of no benefit, a fact that the Federal government seems to have overlooked. More students are bringing their lunch or just throwing away what they are given in the cafeteria.

“Last year, my son didn’t bring lunch. This year, he’s bringing lunch because he’s hungry,” said a parent of a New Bedford student.

In Wisconsin, students have taken to YouTube to protest.



Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Dave

    They’ll try banishing lunches brought from home next-mark my words……

    • Rob

      I don’t remember exactly where it was at, but in at least one school, it’s already happening. A few weeks ago, kindergartener was forced to buy a school lunch because what she had brought was considered “not nutritious enough.” I think she had brought a turkey sandwich, chips, and grapes.

    • JustAnotherJoe

      Yes, Rob & Dave, it is a school in Chicago (if I remember correctly?) that does not allow a parent to pack his/her child’s lunch for school. If the child brings a home-packed lunch, it is thrown in the trash. Apparently, the defunct school system knows what is best (gag).

  • S0114

    Let me get this straight. . .there is plenty of healthy food available but these spoiled children are complaining that there is not enough to eat because they want junk. Sounds like they need lessons not only in nutrition, but in gratitude.

    • Vigilant

      While there’s legitimacy to your comment, the other side of the coin deals with the encroachment of government authorities into our private lives.

      This is all part of the same old, same old sidestepping of the 10th Amendment via the Feds making an offer to the states they can’t (won’t) refuse.

      All these state restrictions are based on Federal “guidelines” that reward states for participating in the program. In this case, “the changes reflect stricter nutrition standards imposed in January by the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by Michelle Obama and her “Let’s Move” initiative.” (

      States don’t have to accept these standards (and therefore these standards are not “imposed” as the reference cites), but do so out of pure greed. They are required to accept these standards as a mandate ONLY if they opt to receive the Federal funds that flow from Big Brother.

      This money laundering shell game has been in existence ever since the politicos discovered they could de facto render the 10th Amendment null and void by bribing the states to conform with otherwise unacceptable forays into the realm of the unconstitutional.

      Barry Goldwater’s “Conscience of a Conservative” is very explicit in this area. The Federal government only shares in this conspiracy; the states could make it go away in a heartbeat if they would simply refuse the bait and the strings attached to it.

      • Ed Weber

        When Michelle Obama gets her FAT ARSS down to size, then she might be able to give instructions on how to eat.

    • Sunny

      They are growing children and they need substance, they need protein, they need more than this Nazi government is doling out and therefore, they are grabbing junk food to fill the void. It is insane that this is even an issue in America. Down with big government NOW.

      • ChristyK

        I agree. Young people truly need a lot of protein to grow. Also, protein keeps you fueled for longer. Carbs, especially sweets and processed, cause a sugar spike and then a crash. The students are unable to concentrate in class because of the crash. Learning goes down. If they increase the protein, especially healthier proteins, and allow a little fat (“no fat” is bad for you), the students would have more energy through the afternoon and learning performance would increase. I don’t like the government getting involved. Parents should be the ones requesting any changes to school lunches. I especially don’t like the government mandating poor choices.

    • pete0097

      There isn’t “Plenty of healthy food” There is a limited amount of healthy food. If your kid is in a sport, the limited amount of protein and calories isn’t sufficient. I know that when I was in school, running track, I could not keep my weight up and had to buy seconds to stay in shape. If you burn 3000 calories during practice and only ate 500 for breakfast and 850 for lunch, you have to have 1650 for dinner just to maintain the practice burn. That does not take into account the 2500 you need just to live. Look at Mike Phelps (many Olympic gold medals), he ate 10,000 calories a day to stay in shape to compete.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        You are correct.

      • 45caliber

        Not only do they have to eat a big, high-calorie dinner just to keep up, but then they go to bed … so most of that food is converted to fat. What they need is a large lunch and a smaller supper. But I don’t see that happening in schools. It doesn’t fit what the government wants.

    • Sylviana

      Protein is junk food to you?

    • cpa

      need a lesson in “gratitude”…

      Don’t they have to buy it? These lunches aren’t free. The kids can’t bring their own and have to buy crappy stuff. Isn’t that the case?

      It’s not my understanding the lunches are provided to the kids for free. I may be wrong – but if so, that isn’t gratitude – that’s a forced purchase. They have every right then to complain if that is the case.

  • Elected4Life

    Our disgraceful Giverment/State Socialist Welfare school system at it’s worse, rolling over to make a buck at our children’s expense. Nutritional education is needed NOT dumb down food groups, but when there’s a 10 billion dollar market, wolves will be at the door.

  • Vigilant

    “Massachusetts introduced new lunchroom guidelines this year, as have many schools across the Nation.”

    Actually, the word “guidelines” is a bit euphemistic. These “guidelines” are “part of a law passed by the state Legislature in 2010 as a step toward combating childhood obesity. That law states that milk with more sugar than nonfat or 1 percent white milk may not be served a la carte starting in August 2013.” (

  • Chester

    S0114, Most of them aren’t complaining about the quality nearly as much as they are complaining about the quantity. The maximum number of calories allowed in any high school lunch now is 850, which is about half what a growing boy or girl needs if they are involved in any athletic program. When you are regularly burning two to three thousand calories during practice, eight hundred and fifty calories is not enough lunch at all

  • dan

    look at the size of ‘em….I had cattle always bellowing for more feed,too

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  • MontieR

    With all the proof of governmental incompetence, we NEED to get the fed OUT of education altogether.

  • SunniD

    I grew up in Georgia. Still remember my elementary school lunches. Used peanut butter in several items, peanut butter cake and special peanut butter cookies, delicious. The lunches overall were quite good – meat , 2 veggies, a yeast roll and dessert and milk. That was many years ago but so good I still remember it.

    • 45caliber


      Peanut butter is no longer allowed in most schools since there are children who have alergies to it. I don’t know the breakdown but it basically means that because of one kid in a thousand the rest can’t enjoy it. Some schools won’t even allow someone to bring it to school for fear that one child might want to taste it. Sad, isn’t it?

  • Cathartic

    Since when are governments in the nutrition business? Growing children have much more need of quality protein than adults, who have no where left to grow but out. Wait until the government
    starts telling all of us what we can & cannot eat. Obama-care is just a foot in the door to food
    control for all. The midwestern drought, & the inevitable inflation, thanks to all these QEs, will
    exacerbate the problem. Perhaps this is starvation training! Big Gov’s way of preparing these kids for even hungrier days ahead. Unfortunately, lots of people have become obese thanks to the junk & convienience food that has addicted & dulled us to even caring about real nutrition. But we’d all better start re-learning it fast! How to get maximum nutrition with minimum weight gain, & minimum price, & bulk. We’d better re-learn about food storage, & dehydrating, if you like meat etc.. Because these planet savers aren’t concerned with saving humans. We’re only just so many parasites on “their” land, & in their way.

  • Stacey

    The children need protein not only to have the energy to get through the day, but protein also helps the brain work. Fruits and vegetables are important to add to the lunches but it is not enough to sustain the kids throughout the day, especially when they do not get snacks. My daughter is famished when she gets home from school because she had lunch at 11:00. It seems if they want kids to eat healthier, they should allow fruits & veggies as snacks at some point in the afternoon so kids will not overeat when they get home.

  • Charles Johnson

    Interesting that not one poster mentioned that this will long term weaken America’s young people. Lack of nutrients in growth years will increase disease and decrease brain size and activity. Obesity can be fought in better ways.

  • 45caliber

    When I was in highschool, our basketball team went to state. The coach (new) read an article that sports players should eat a light lunch before competing, so he insisted they do so. But all were farm boys used to eating big solid lunches. They ran out of energy before half time. He bought them a lot of candy bars but it just wasn’t enough. They simply couldn’t perform. Later he admitted that it was primarily his fault that they lost the final game.

    The main point here is that people need to eat what they are used to eating if they intend to have enough energy to perform. If it is changed derastically, they will be hungry and not perform or be too stuffed to perform. Changes must be done gradually over time. I can believe the kids are hungry. This program as set up is basically a diet – and as any woman can tell you, diets won’t work unless you start slow and keep it up over a long time. They also require other things such as exercise.

  • s c

    What can be said about Taxachusetts? Well, you could say stupidity has found a home there. You could say that Amerika gets hosed by non-leader after non-leader that comes from Taxachusetts.
    As for wasted food, hunger and black markets, you can be sure that our great White House Messiah will jump on the problem. If he is elected times (or appoints himself as permanent dictator), it might take a mere 50 years for those issues to become ‘important enough’ for someone to go through the motions of “caring.”
    It sounds like the Taxachusetts version of problems that have been ignored for at least 4 generations. These issues are “kontrolled” by ‘Democrats,’ and they will spawn committees, media panics, marches and contrived tales of woe from parents. Since Taxachusetts can’t be physically relocated, maybe the easiest thing for the locals to do is to move to another state.
    What is it about utopians and their unique talent that always seems to result in idiotic problems that no other group can create?

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  • tony

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  • Dee

    Kids need a good lunch to function. This lousy government is getting too intrustive in people’s lives. Need smaller government.

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  • Linda’47

    The laughable part of the “no peanut butter because some one may be allergic to it” is that just as many people are allergic to SOY (beans, oil, lecithin, whey powder, soy sauce, etc.)
    as are allergic to peanuts. No one is outraged at the inclusion of THIS allergenic. Just check the label of any commercially produced food, from canned soups to ice cream, breads, frozen foods, mayonnaise, salad dressings, cereal, and margarine. All of them (and more) contain soy in one form or another and all of them are touted as being “healthier” than products without fillers or with natural fats. Funny how everyone jumps on the “no peanut” bandwagon, but no one takes precautions against the other seven most common food allergies: wheat, soy, tree nuts, eggs, milk, fish and shell-fish.


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