School children are expressing their gratitude to first lady Michelle Obama albeit sarcastically.
The teens have taken to Twitter to express their displeasure and protest against unappealing school lunches under the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama.
#ThanksMichelleObama was ranking as the top trend on Twitter on Nov. 21 for a brief period. The hashtag is accompanied by pictures of unappetizing school meals.
The free school lunches, which are part of the Michelle Obama Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, have not gone down too well with students who are voicing their discontentment via tweets.
Soon after moving into the White House, Michelle Obama introduced the "Let's Move!" campaign, which tackles the child obesity issues faced by the country. Raising a healthier next-gen of kids was seen as a means to solve this gray area. The President signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into law.
In 2011, the Act introduced new school lunch offerings via the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Act requires the inclusion of a certain number of fruits and vegetables, dairy and whole grains in the lunches meant for school kids. The initiative also aims to educate children on healthy food choices, as well as improve the nutrition value and quality that school meals provide.
Unfortunately, the "healthy" meals are not translating well with students as having an item from each food group is not resulting in a delicious meal.
The students have posted images of rotting fruits, dry bread rolls and "mystery mush." Pictures of food being dumped into trash cans and sarcastic comments like "Grilled cheese and plastic for lunch ... yummy #ThanksMichelleObama" are just some glimpses of an initiative gone awry.
Here are some of the tweets protesting the unsavory school lunches:
This is chicken. lol. #ThanksMichelleObama pic.twitter.com/vOlazE9HgD — Thomas Parish (@t_jay_parish) November 22, 2014
#ThanksMichelleObama thanks to you I've just stopped eating. At four dollars I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy pic.twitter.com/hrrTgKiI02 — Spenser Wright (@ApexApocalypse) November 22, 2014
Michelle Obama is yet to react to any of the tweets.