One look at the burger a Dubois, Pennsylvania student was given for lunch will force you to make a face in disgust.
According to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, there are more than 30 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 12 million participating in the School Breakfast Program. This means that for a lot of America’s children, half of their food intake comes while they are at school.
Michelle’s ultimate goal is to “[provide] healthier foods in our nation’s schools.”
Unfortunately, what has been served to one student doesn’t look healthy or appetizing:
(Warning: Graphic photo)
The photo, which was posted to Facebook, has garnered hundreds of comments questioning what is in the burger and if it is safe to eat:
“What are all the little indentations in it?”
“That’s not burger we should eat.”
“How can someone cooking the food not notice a burger that looks like that?”
According to WJAC-TV, Superintendent Dr. Luke Lansberry of Dubois Area School District opined that the reason the burger looked unappetizing was because it was overcooked. He adds that out of the 300 burgers that were handed out to students that day, there was only one complaint. Dr. Lansberry explains:
“Food service workers cooked the hamburgers at 170 degrees, when typically they are only required to cook at 155 degrees,” Lansberry said. “There’s a pretty good chance that hamburger was overcooked and a lot of the internal ingredients surfaced from that level of heat.
Our food service director has contacted the state and told them about the situation and made it clear we will no longer accept that product in the district, just to make sure that we have good quality food.”
Dr. Lansberry hopes students and parents who have a problem with the school’s food will go to an administrator first before going straight to social media. Some members of the community seem to agree. One commenter points out:
“In light of recent events that have transpired I would like to say thank you for trying to feed our children healthy and tempting food. Seriously, all this negativity from the community and all the other people commenting insulting the Dubois Area High School over one burger patty. There are real people behind the scenes making food for most of your kids everyday.”
And if parents are hesitant to allow their kids to eat the food given to them by the state, the option to pack a lunch is always available.