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Michelle Obama received an unexpected invitation to lunch recently in a letter from a young man in Louisiana. First Lady was unable to accept, but did respond to with a letter explaining her views on childhood obesity along with an autographed photo and some trading cards featuring the First Dog, Bo.

The letter was short and to the point, thanking Obama for “trying to make my school lunch better,” but adding that she has “ruined Taco Tuesday” at St. Joan of Arc School where he attends 2nd grade.

Trip Kilbert also wrote that “the pizza is terrible” before offering to treat the first lady, “If you would like to try the new tacos, I will buy you lunch.” The polite letter was signed, “Thank you, Trip Kilbert.”

Dear Mrs. Obama,

Thank you for trying to make my school lunch better, but you have ruined Taco Tuesday. Please bring back the old taco shell. I miss them. Also, the pizza is terrible. If you would like to try the new tacos, I will buy you lunch.

Thank you,

Trip Klibert

His school made the changes in the lunchtime menu and ingredients as part of its compliance with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed by President Obama in 2010, and generally seen to be the pet project of the first lady.

The Obama lunch rules limit animal protein, dairy fat, sugar and sodium, replacing them with fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

The new lunch regulations have met with resistance nationwide from parents, school administrators, lawmakers and students who say the rules have not only resulted in bland, tasteless lunches, but that they fail to meet the basic caloric and nutrition needs of growing children.

Students have tweeted photos of their lunch trays with the hashtag “thanksmichelleobama,” and youtube videos documenting the skimpy, unappetizing offerings in the lunch line have gone viral.

The National Institute of Health recommends more than 2,500 calories a day for active teens, with even sedentary teens requiring at least 1,800 to 2,000 calories daily. Student athletes complain that they don’t receive enough food to sustain them through afternoon classes and after-school practice and games.

The rules have also been unpopular with school administrators who are facing increased costs because of wasted food. The Los Angeles Unified School District claims unopened milk cartons (1 percent white milk only) and uneaten entrees are ending up in cafeteria garbage cans, and the Los Angeles Times reported that “at least $100,000 worth of food” is wasted daily, adding up to $18 million of wasted food a year.

 

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