Gotta love when taxpayer money is thrown directly into the garbage. That is exactly what has been happening for years since Michelle Obama imposed her ideas about “healthy eating” on America’s schoolchildren. Most of the food was so disgusting, it ended up in the trash. Food is hardly nutritious if nobody eats it.
When the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was passed, with the direction of Michelle Obama, sweeping changes were made to what food was and wasn’t allowed to be served in public schools. The $4.5 billion program’s goal was noble enough, trying to fight childhood obesity. However, the execution of the changes resulted in trays of stomach churning mush.
Students were quick to respond with #ThanksMichelleObama, with photos of their disgusting lunches.
The Washington Post reported that a study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that 40% of fruit and 60% of vegetables were tossed by children. The waste of food, and subsequent money, could hardly be justified. Schools are free to serve whatever food they want so long as it complies with a list of nutritional standards. And while it’s hard to screw up fruit, the regulations of how much protein and whole grains are to be in each meal, along with fat, sugar and sodium restrictions, resulted in some really gross concoctions!
Now, the Trump administration is relaxing the rules so that children can actually look forward to lunch again.
The Trump administration is ending yet another of Michelle Obama’s hated, overly strict school lunch rules by bringing chocolate milk back to school lunch menus.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced a new rule set to take effect on July 1 after the period of public comment. The new rule relaxes sodium limits and Obama’s whole-grain requirements. The rule will also allow milk with one percent fat back on the menu, ABC News reported.
“Schools need flexibility in menu planning so they can serve nutritious and appealing meals,” Perdue said this week. “Schools want to offer food that students actually want to eat. It doesn’t do any good to serve nutritious meals if they wind up in the trash can.”
Perdue has been dismissing Michelle Obama’s signature school lunch rules all year.“This is not reducing the nutritional standards whatsoever,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in May when announcing the Agriculture Department’s intention to bring chocolate milk back to schools. “I wouldn’t be as big as I am today without flavored milk.”
Perdue also slammed Obama’s rules as leading to too much waste. “If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition — thus undermining the intent of the program,” he said.
Critics of Obama’s lunch rules pointed out that they led to higher costs for schools across the country. In the fiscal year 2015 alone, Obama’s school food requirements cost school budgets an additional $1.22 billion.
The School Nutrition Association and the School Superintendents Association have been supportive of Perdue’s efforts to scale back Obama’s rules. The groups recently noted that the “overly prescriptive regulatory requirements” of Obama’s school lunch program had forced school districts to “financially subsidize meals at the expense of educational programs.”
They also said Obama’s nutritional regulations added ten cents to the cost of every lunch and 27 cents to every breakfast, requiring local school districts to absorb $1.2 billion in additional costs in 2015 alone.
I’m all for kids eating healthy, but isn’t it up to the parents to decide what their kids should be eating? Policing children’s food intake seems to be an unnecessary government intrusion. Further, if you are going to provide choices for school lunches, at least make them palatable. I’m afraid a generation of kids now equate “healthy eating” with disgusting food. Add to that the incredible financial cost to schools and this program sounds like it benefits no one.
I actually get a little nostalgic when I think back to those little cartons of chocolate milk in elementary school. I can still imagine the smell of the paper carton and the chocolatey goodness. A delicious treat that didn’t make me obese. While healthy eating is certainly important, kids are growing and need extra calories to be fueled up for a long day of learning and extracurricular activities. Giving them healthy foods they won’t eat doesn’t do anybody any good!
Looks like President Trump will be winning with kids!