First lady Michelle Obama
First lady Michelle Obama – who’s been under fire for years for her lunch menu mandates at schools – may have found a new home for her foods of choice: an animal farm in New Mexico.
New Mexico’s Galloping Grace Youth Ranch is taking fruit and vegetable castoffs from schools in the Rio Rancho area in the range of five tons a week, EAG News reported. As a result, pigs, goats and chickens are happy.
“It’s really whatever [students] don’t eat coming off of their trays, so when they get up to the trash cans they will scrape it into one of our buckets that we pick up on a daily basis,” ranch CEO Max Wade said to KRQE. “If you think about it, it’s a fresh salad bar every day. Fruits and vegetables, and they love it.”
Goats go for the lettuce; pigs, the grapes, he said. And chicks? They like the dinner rolls.
The news comes as one New York school district reports about 85 percent of fruits and vegetables served students, as required by Obama’s federal mandates, end up in the trash.
“We throw away a ton of food,” said Canton Central School Food Service director Ella Mae Fenlong to the Watertown Daily Times.
“If we cut up 20 pounds of cucumbers, we guess that 17 pounds get thrown away. I’ve watched kids take their cup of vegetables or fruit they’re required to take and just throw it away.”
Michelle Obama lunches find favor with farm pigs
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:13:00 GMT