Students protest lunch guidelines in video

September 26, 2012 1:13:59 PM PDT
We are hungry. That's the message from these high school students in Kansas.

In a viral YouTube video, they are protesting the new government standards for healthy school lunches, saying they're not getting enough food and they don't have energy for sports or activities.

"Being an athlete, being more active, you want more food to keep you going once in a while, get that energy in you," Kaleb Laurent said.

The new guidelines require more fresh fruits and vegetables, less salty and fatty foods.

For the first time ever, there is a maximum calorie limit. For high school students, the lunch must be between 750 and 850 calories. Previous guidelines only had a minimum requirement of 825 calories

Some food service leaders say the changes have been well received.

"Our participation is precisely where it was at last spring when we were serving the old meal pattern," D.C. Everest Food Service Supervisor Christine Welsh said.

"There's a lot of variety so every day I can choose something different and not have the same old things every day," student Reyna Rodriguez said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which created the guidelines, says the amount of food on a kid's plate is not much different than in years past. It is simply healthier.

They also say schools can give students who need additional calories more servings of fruit, vegetables and low fat milk.

The USDA continues to work with schools as they implement these changes.


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