What Does This School And 'Orange Is The New Black' Have In Common?

For starters, the food isn't great.

By Brittney McKenna

If you've watched season three of "Orange Is the New Black," you already know that ramen flavor packets become a pretty bizarre yet much-coveted form of currency for the Litchfield ladies. We won't spoil exactly how those packets come into play, but they serve an important function: making prison food taste better.

Some kids in Indiana can relate our OITNB heroes' plight. The Indianapolis Star reports that students in Blackford County Schools have created a black market for sugar, salt and pepper packets since their lunches are a little lacking in the flavor department. Their disinterest in school food has also led to more food being thrown out.

Legislators and school administrators attribute kids' lack of interest in school lunches to nutrition regulations enacted by Congress. These regulations include limits on meat and bread and require fruit and vegetables with each meal.

Not all school systems are seeing such Litchfield-esque results, though. Donna Martin, director of a school nutrition program in Georgia, says her students have reacted positively to the changes and could be part of a new wave of health-conscious kids.

"We have the opportunity to change a generation. We have an opportunity to raise kids that, when they go into McDonald's, they want a whole wheat hamburger bun," Martin said.

Hopefully the Indiana underground sugar market is temporary and kids start embracing their healthier options without an under-the-table handoff. Until then, at least they aren't running a risqué business like Piper's.