Kids Create Black Markets in Salt, Sugar, and Pepper to Spice Up Michelle’s Cafeteria Food

From,  by Elizabeth Harrington,  on June 24, 2015,  see the article HERE.

School children (8-9) at lunch break (Photo by: Tetra Images/AP Images)

School children dealing at lunch break – she’s pushing a bag full of the hard stuff: Cheetos and M & M’s

Children are creating their own black markets to trade and sell salt due to First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules.

During a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R., Ind.), a school administrator told Congress of the “unintended consequences” of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

“Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling–salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne, the president of Blackford County School Board of Trustees in Hartford City, Indiana.

“This ‘contraband’ economy is just one example of many that reinforce the call for flexibility [with the rules],” he said.

Payne noted other problems with the “one-size-fits-all” approach to providing healthier meals to students, including fewer kids participating in the program and higher food waste. The trend started in 2012, when the school lunch law, which was championed by Mrs. Obama, went into effect.

“Students are avoiding cafeteria food,” Payne said. “More students bring their lunch, and a few parents even ‘check out’ their child from campus, taking them to a local fast-food restaurant or home for lunch.”

Payne also said school fundraisers like bake sales, have been canceled due to the rules, and “whole-grain items and most of the broccoli end up in the trash” in his district.

Dr. Lynn Harvey agreed that the whole-grain requirement is not working, as kids refuse to eat dense and dry biscuits, and “unpalatable” grits.

“When it comes to whole grain-rich variations of biscuits, grits, crackers and cornbread, all too often, students simply toss them into the trash cans,” said Harvey, who serves as chief of school nutrition services at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, which oversees lunch programs for schools that enroll 1.5 million students.

“This product dissatisfaction has contributed to a decline in breakfast participation in 60 percent of North Carolina’s school districts,” she said.

“Biscuits and corn muffins are part of the state’s cultural and regional food heritage, just as bagels are traditional in the Northeast and tortillas in the Southwest,” Harvey added. “These foods are very popular breakfast items; the addition of whole grain flour has created products that are dense, compact, dry, and crumbly instead of light, moist, tender, and flaky.”

Harvey said since the new rules went into effect participation in the school lunch program in her state has declined by 5 percent, “a loss of nearly 13 million meals in two years.”

School districts across the country have echoed Payne and Harvey’s complaints. Students have noted the unappetizing fare on Twitter, with the viral hash tag #ThanksMichelleObama, which led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to launch their own social media campaign, soliciting pictures of more appetizing food.

More than 1 million students fled the lunch line during the first year the standards went into effect.

House Republicans have introduced legislation to give schools more flexibility in meeting the rules. A bill sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R., S.D.) would “ease sodium restrictions, give school administrators flexibility on some of the rules that have increased costs, including the school breakfast program, a la carte options, and school lunch price increases, and make USDA’s easing of the meat and grain requirements permanent,” according to the Hill.

“The clear solution to these problems is local leadership and flexibility,” Payne said. “When local school districts have the authority and flexibility to make adjustments honoring the spirit and intent of the law they can provide students with healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals.”


The dumbass is strong in the Obama family. Michelle is no more competent as a school lunchroom dietary adviser than her husband is as president. They both produce unpalatable results without solving the problem they were trying to fix and then blame someone else for the screw-up.

We’d all be better off if we could merely bring our health insurance plan from home in a brown paper bag and ignore that gag-inducing Obamacare. And I’d be perfectly okay with trading an apple, pear, and banana to Obama if he’d only secure the border. But noooo, the Obamas believe themselves to be smarter than us “children” and we have to be forced to do what Mama Michelle and Daddy Hussein want us to do – after all, they know what’s best for us.

Pardon me while I throw up my cardboard rice cakes, salt-free whole grain grits, and free-range broccoli.





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11 Responses to Kids Create Black Markets in Salt, Sugar, and Pepper to Spice Up Michelle’s Cafeteria Food

  1. CW says:

    ““The clear solution to these problems is local leadership and flexibility,” Payne said.”

    Wrong, Mr. Payne. The clear solution to the problem is to get the government out of OUR schools.

    This is what happens when we sell our souls to the gov’t for free school lunches (or free healthcare, or free anything). Once the taxpayers are footing the bill the leftists seize on the opportunity to dictate what we can have and what we can’t have according to their whim.

    And what was this supposed “problem” that Michelle appointed herself to “fix” anyways? Childhood obesity? There were very few obese kids when I was growing up when the federal gov’t had much less control over food served in schools, so school lunches were clearly not the problem; but why is it Michelle’s business if kids are fat anyways? I suppose the answer she would give is that obesity is everyone’s problem because we all have to pay the associated healthcare costs. The Left has made sure of that by systematically socializing the cost of every undesirable behavior.

    First the liberals create the problem, then they appoint themselves to solve it for us by giving themselves more power over us, just like any good extortionist does.

    • Garnet92 says:

      You’re right, as usual CW. Michelle appointed herself to “fix” school lunches and has been just as successful as her husband has in his attempts to “fix” things. You’d think that it would be easy to fix a problem that you defined and specified what success would be. But even when she or Barack control the definition of the problem, they still can’t come up with a viable solution. And it’s all due to the typical leftist mindset – damn the logic, feelings are what counts.

      Well, the kids have decided that they FEEL like they hate the crap they’re being given under the guise of “food,” and their LOGIC has driven them to find their own solution, a pint-sized black market in condiments that are necessary to make the lunches palatable.

      Liberals could take lessons from the “salt and pepper” pushers.

  2. Kathy says:

    Yep, when you turn kids into black market peddlers, it’s time to make changes. Agreed, this was a bad idea from the get-go, but schools wanted the funding that goes with it. So now, instead of doing away with it and going back to the old way, look at what they want now.

    They want to keep the plan (funding) and give them flexibility to change it. Nobody, or at least very few, have had the guts to tell Michelle to shove her plan in her pie-hole which leads directly to her broccoli butt.

    • Garnet92 says:

      It’s the age-old story of the federal government “giving” an institution federal money (our taxpayer money) and then using that funding as a cudgel to threaten the institution to do it the “federal way” or lose funding. And it almost always works.

      I wonder who, among our Republican candidates, would “man up” and tell Broccoli-butt to butt out and leave it to the local school districts to handle school menus? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

    • upaces88 says:

      I am so proud of the kids!

  3. Emilia says:

    Wait until the heat of summer causes those sweaty pre-teens and teens to pass out from the LACK of salt in their systems. Will the SCOTUScare take care of them? What will be vilified next?

    • Garnet92 says:

      Glad you dropped by Emilia! I imagine that Obummer will direct the FDA to grant money to research labs to create a “salt patch.” I hear that he’s willing to allocate $175 million dollars to create this medically necessary treatment.

      Going cold turkey may be too much for some and perhaps a salt patch and some extensive (and expensive) therapy might be prescribed – anything to keep them from sprinkling some of that repulsive, repugnant and dangerous salt on food.

  4. Uriel says:

    Lol Garnet. Great read. As a teacher, I can honestly say the little over-achievers are definitely masters of black market on a small scale. Been that way since I was a child, and saw it many times over when teaching. The problem is many fold though. I will not eat tofu and rice cakes nor green eggs and spam either. Healthy children have dietary needs far different than adults, fact not fiction. One way to best serve is fresh veggies prepared tastefully. We had that as I grew up because our cafeterias had locally grown fruits and vegetables to cook and great home co style cooking ladies to prepare it. It was often the only true meal we got as parents stretched meager incomes, just like today. About the time I became a teacher (a while ago), the so-called nutritionists and budget watchers decided to eliminate that for cardboard and carbohydrates. That and they took away play time and physical education. So double whammy. Made kids fatter, slower, and dumber, much better sheeple for power hungry people to take advantage of as they grew up.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Thanks Uriel, adhering to Broccoli-butt’s school menus must be especially difficult for Southern kids. Growing up in Louisiana, even our school lunches were tasty and seasoned. To this day, everything I cook is highly seasoned. I could not survive Broccoli-butt’s offerings. I view that crap that she demands be fed to our kids to be cruel and unusual punishment, and we’re supposed to be forcing our beloved kids to eat that shit?

      We need to feed our kids good food and make sure that they go outside to physically play – not stay in their rooms and poke keys on a gaming device.

  5. Clyde says:

    Good post, Garnet. WHAT the HELL was the idiotic principal talking about, ALLEGED bland and tasteless food ? The shit IS bland and tasteless. My granddaughter will eat damn near anything that won’t eat her first, she tells me she wouldn’t give that CRAP (her words) to a dog.

    • Garnet92 says:

      You gotta go easy on Broccoli-butt, she’s GOT to eat that cardboard crap, can you imagine the size of the beam on her if she ate REAL food? Like a commenter once said – an ax-handle wide.