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One School District Finally Figured out What to Do With Michelle Obama’s Healthy School Lunches


A ranch in New Mexico has finally come up with a solution for all that food being tossed out by students receiving Michelle Obama’s ‘healthy’ school lunches.

They’re feeding it to pigs. Real pigs.

New Mexico’s Galloping Grace Youth Ranch has been accepting fruits and vegetables from local elementary schools in the Rio Rancho area. Food items that have been thrown out by students.

And the amount is staggering with estimates at about 5 tons per week.

Via EAG News:

There’s one group of young eaters who like Michelle Obama’s school lunch program: pigs.

New Mexico’s Galloping Grace Youth Ranch is accepting fruits and vegetables thrown away by students at several elementary schools in the Rio Rancho area and collects some five tons per week.

“It’s really whatever they 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 tells KRQE.

Speaking of the pigs, goats and chickens gobbling up the students’ castaways, Wade says, “If you think about it, it’s a fresh salad bar every day. Fruits and vegetables and they love it.”

To underscore the point, he’s talking about the farm animals, not the school children.

Watch the news report from KRQE below…

According to the report, one school in NY throws out nearly 85% of their fruits and vegetables, while it is estimated that schools spend $3.5 million per day on food that ends up going to waste.

What do you think – Is this a product of Michelle Obama’s inedible ‘healthy’ lunch menus, or simply kids being kids?



  1. Linda says:

    You can lead ’em to the trough, but you can’t make ’em eat. Kids, that is. Adults, too, as a matter of fact. One other poster is right here: an appreciation for a variety of healthy, nutricious, and good-tasting food needs to be fostered at home–from an early age.

  2. Beth says:

    They don’t give the kids in our district dips for the fresh vegi’s half the time. How many kids are going to eat them without ranch or vegi dip? Not many and it shows, obviously.

  3. Mita says:

    If parents want their kids to eat healthy, that starts at home. I had all sorts of food available (both healthy and not so healthy) and always taught them to eat healthy but that a treat was also okay after dinner. I didn’t always make dessert or have it available. That taught them not to expect it. That’s when dessert actually becomes a treat. I know I’ve been successful in this because it’s just as likely that they’re going to turn down a dessert as it is for them to eat it. Make your regular food so yummy that they’re going to be too satisfied to eat too much that’s not good for them. Or fix desserts that are actually healthy!

  4. Ashley says:

    It’s kids being kids. Kids need exposure to fresh, healthy foods to make them more palatable when they decide to eat them of their own accord later on.

    The food in that video looks like a lot of off-cuts of melons and other chopped of ends and pieces, not just the actual discarded tray waste.

  5. Belinda says:

    I’m betting that stupid wenches girls aren’t expected to eat that crap. She needs to back out of things she knows nothing about and get a job.