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Mary Cheh Gives Kids Another Reason to Drop Out of School

Roma tomato

Hey kids, your government-subsidized summer job is over and now it's time to go back to school. Bummer, huh? Well, thanks to Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, that one good thing about school—lunch—just got worse. A lot worse.

Cheh fooled the D.C. Council a couple of months ago into supporting a $6.5 million a year Healthy Schools Act that includes money to make school lunches healthier and use more locally grown food. Which does not, actually, seem like good news: Remember how Thursdays  meant "BBQ Beef Riblet" day? Well, now they mean "veggie burger on a whole wheat bun with romaine, local tomato and ancho chili sauce."

Your pizza options got worse, too. So long meat lover's, BBQ chicken, and stuffed crust pizzas; hello Roma tomato and cheese, grilled chicken Florentine, and Italian veggie.

Hey elementary school kids, say goodbye to "beef fiestada pizza" (which sounds friggin delicious) and say hello to "Roma tomato and cheese whole wheat flatbread." (Seriously, what's up with all the Roma tomatoes? Are they supposed to be healthier than ketchup?)

Also, remember how you loved pouring syrup all over your pancakes at breakfast? Well, those days are over. Now you get "warm blueberry topping" for your "whole grain" pancakes.

Anyways, LL is sure Cheh's proud of herself for making kids lives' a little bit worse. (If, most likely, a little bit longer.) If you want to complain, Cheh is holding a hearing on the implementation of the Healthy Schools Act in October.

Check out the new menus here, here, and here.  The old ones are here, here and here.

Photo by merelymel via Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0

  • Jason Cherkis

    I can't believe you are anti-healthy meals.

  • Simon

    I sincerely hope this article is sarcasm.

  • Mr. Bigglesworth

    Alan, I have agreed with or/and liked every post you made up until this one. I know the snark is part of the gig, and that comedy requires a tight-rope walk.

    You fell off the line today. This is just dumb, and while amusing as bar-stool banter, your headline is going to mislead the less-discerning.

    DCPS meals have been total shit for way too long. Our kids are fucking fat. Their parents are fucking fat.

    Cheh may be an irritating pain in the ass who fits every stereotype about privileged upper middle class white mothers, but she fucking NAILED IT on this one and big ups to her for getting better food in the diet.

  • Jay

    I was waiting for the conclusion that read along the lines of "kids might hate it, but at least it's a step in the right direction toward combating childhood obesity," but instead, the article ends with suggestions on the best methods of complaint. Apparently, this is NOT sarcasm, but legitimate blog trash.

    Sorry, WCP. But this one's an epic fail.

  • Yea Right

    The school lunch is MUCH better than it used to be. As a former teacher, I saw the dog food-quality food they served our kids (especially in low-income schools... middle class kids brought their own)and it's fresh made and actually good. Also the kids actually like it.

  • Isn’t It Obvious

    Hey Alan, sometimes Silence really is Golden. Can you hear the silence from the load thud your article just made as it hit rock bottom? One of my former teachers remarked that if you think your joke is funny; you should check to see if the other person is laughing. Well, Alan, if you thought this article was funny, no one else is laughing.

    Obesity in this country is a major factor in many illnesses. Obesity related diabities is at an all time high; not to mention the damage that carrying an exorbitant amount of extra weight can cause to your heart. These are real heal problems that need to be addressed; and the earlier in a child's life that good nutrition can be introduced, the better.

    Alan, Have you taken a look at the number of obese students in DCPS as well as some of the parents of those DCPS students. Obesity is rampant in the US. Providing cheap, fried, processed, or non-nutritional valued foods to children and to the poorer residents of the city only exacerbates the problem.

    Kudos to Mary Cheh and the rest of the coucil for showing courage in the promotion of healthy eating and healthy living.

    LL - you are totally wrong on this post.

  • Isn’t It Obvious

    Correction: should be "loud thud"

  • http://popsins.tumblr.com Mike Riggs

    I hear you, Alan. Riblets were the best.

  • Bill

    The arrogant and angry Cheh grabs an idea and runs with it but has no follow through. If the kids like and eat healthier meals that is good but if they don't eat the food then it is a complete waste. So someone will have to monitor the program, other than Cheh, to see if the kids are actually eating this food and adjust the selection until the kids actaully eat this healthier choice.

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    alan: i know the city paper is supposed to be snarky, but this just looks like you're trying too hard.

  • jackstrawdc

    I'm assuming this post was tongue-in-cheek? Either way, this is on the top-10 list of the the DC guvment spends my tax dollars. (Actually, it's only a top 6 list - I can't think of 10 good things).