Michelle Obama School Lunches: Kids Tweet, Criticize First Lady With Food Pictures

December 3, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A number of children at public schools around the US have been tweeting pictures of food they’re being served during lunchtime, sarcastically thanking first lady Michelle Obama.

Kids have been persistently uploading the photos of their unappetizing meals with the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama.

Wrote one user, “@MichelleObama thanks for making me eat the nastiest food ever I wouldn’t let a stray dog eat my schools food.”

Added another: “Had a very #healthylunch today. The apple definitely made up for the ‘mystery mush’ #ThanksMichelleObama.

And as the Washington Post notes, its difficult to determine what some of the food is exactly in the photos. 

However, one official in the Obama administration said individual public schools determine what to serve.

“We’ve seen the photos being tweeted,” Sam Kass, executive director of Let’s Move!, told the Post. “But we don’t dictate the food that schools serve–school districts do.” Kass added: “Student complaining about school lunch is nothing new–it has nothing to do with the new lunch standards.”

But at one Wisconsin school, some students have organized a boycott of the school lunches.

Meghan Hellrood of D.C. Everest High School in Schofield, Wisconsin, told Fox last month that “I love my school. My school is fantastic. And I know that they’re not the ones that have started this entire regulation.”

“So what I really want is for this to go to Washington, basically. We can’t just depend on our local schools, because there’s thousands of other schools that also comply with this act. So if we go to Washington, maybe they’ll see that so many kids are upset with this and that there needs to be a change,” she said.

Hellrood notes that she isn’t given enough food each day.

“I’m served the same amount of food that the 220-pound senior football star is,” she said.