In just a few days, “Thanks Michelle Obama” became a trending phrase on Twitter, as many U.S. students apparently hate their school lunches and posted photos of them online as proof. Who are they blaming for the bland but assumedly healthy meals? First Lady Michelle Obama is being targeted in the #ThanksMichelleObama social media craze, but WISH TV News reveals this Sunday, November 23, 2014, that an Agriculture Dept. official is saying many of the photos are inflated and not as bad as they seem.
A number of school kids across the nation are saying, “Thanks Michelle Obama” vehemently speaking out via a sarcastic trend on Twitter this week. These students apparently aren’t big fans of their “healthy” school lunches, and are making an indirect appeal about the situation. Along with the #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag, they are then posting photos of quite gross looking school lunches online.
This digital movement is no small thing — over the weekend, sending out a faux appreciation to the First Lady became a trending topic on Twitter for a time. Although the White House or the Obamas haven’t spoken publicly on the matter, a Dept. spokesperson for the U.S. Agriculture Offices did state that many of the photos being presented are likely inflated, and aren’t nearly as bad as they are being made to appear. A majority of public schools meal programs are under the supervision of the USDA.
Although Michelle Obama has long been a strong supporter of healthy eating and proper lunches for students in school, The New York Daily News seems to point out that her plans may have backfired somewhat — at least in terms of the latest Twitter trend. However, the First Lady’s goals are certainly commendable. She has been strong in supporting greater health standards for years now, and has urged schools to incorporate more whole grains, vegetables, and healthy fruits into U.S. cafeterias. Her goals have been to improve overall student health and help prevent childhood obesity by cutting back on fats, sugars, salts, and processed foods.
A number of schools across the nation are working hard to implement these standards, but it appears that quite a few pieces of this healthy food is going to waste. In light of this “Thanks Michelle Obama” public outcry and attached photos on Twitter and other social media sites, some institutions are saying that a lot of their meals are going straight into the waste bin.
The photos themselves of the school meals certainly aren’t very appetizing. A majority of students have included the #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag to showcase everything from mystery meat and brown mush to stale pieces of bread. One such student’s digital post was favorite and re-tweeted hundreds of times in a matter of hours.
“Had a very #healthylunch today,” Hunter Whitney of Wisconsin shared via Twitter recently. “The apple definitely made up for the `mystery mush’ #ThanksMichelleObama.” The 17-year-old teen is a student at Richland Center High School in Wisconsin, and he noted that school meals have been diminishing in quality in previous months.
Of course, some people are truly saying thanks to Michelle Obama this week, trying to counter the nay-sayers by posting some nice photos of good-looking food given at school. These kids at least certainly don’t hate their meals. However, the Agriculture Dept. official noted that even those that look quite bad are sometimes doctored or inflated to seem worse than they initially are. What do you think of the popular Twitter trend?
“Students are always provided full servings of both fruits and vegetables as well as protein options, so clearly many of the photos posted do not fully reflect the full range of choices students are provided,” shared the USDA’s Cullen Schwarz in a statement.