Health

Food Charities Can't Have Lunches Thrown Away By South Carolina Students

| by Michael Allen

Some students at Fort Mill High School in South Carolina are upset about the nutritional guidelines for their school lunches and regularly toss healthy items in the garbage.

Student Lindsey Russell recently told the Fort Mill Times that she often throws away part of her school lunch, but added, “When lunch ends, I feel that the trashcans are more full than my stomach."

“If I don’t want an apple or piece of bread and I am handed them, I can guarantee that it will end up going to waste,” stated Russell.

Fort Mill High School lunches are served per federal nutritional guidelines established by the USDA in 2012 because of skyrocketing numbers of children in the U.S. who suffer from obesity and diabetes.

Fort Mill School District spokeswoman Kelly McKinney said that food rejected by students could not be offered to local food charities such as Second Harvest.

While families go without food, the school kids are still complaining.

“I would like to change the fact that our Powerade was taken away and replaced with water,” stated student Luca Botzenhardt. “I would also bring back the mayonnaise, because it is a necessity for my sandwiches.”

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In 2014, the Coca-Cola company removed the ingredient Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) from Powerade, reported Consumerist. BVO is also used as a flame retardant and has been banned from food products in Europe, noted RT.com.

In the Harrisburg School District in South Dakota, students are not purchasing cookies at the rate they used to because USDA guidelines require cookies to be healthier, noted the Rapid City Journal.

Sources: Rapid City Journal, Consumerist, RT.com, USDA, CDC.gov, Fort Mill Times
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