Under First Lady Michelle Obama’s new healthy lunches, students in Austintown, Ohio are allowed one ketchup packet for their burgers, because two would make the sandwich unhealthy.
According to a local newspaper, Vindy.com:
The federal law sets nutrient requirements, such as snack items being 200 calories or less and entrees at 350 calories or less.
It also sets limits on sodium and sugar intake.
The reason Austintown schools are mandated to follow these rules is because they participate in the National School Lunch Program.
“Kids can’t take two ketchup packets [for burgers] because that would set them over on calories” for that item, said Natalie Winkle, district food-service secretary and assistant. Brooks added, “It’s science; it’s really what food service is. … You have to constantly re-invent.”
But the switch to healthier options has led to increased costs for the food-service department.
Stories are now becoming legion of students running off campus to get lunch, skipping lunch altogether, and loading garbages with nutrition-rich but untasted food while lunch services losing money because healthier alternatives cost more and kids aren’t buying the new flavor-free lunches.
But one ketchup? This has now reached crisis proportions. Because if kids can’t put enough ketchup on stuff, they’re just not going to eat it.