School Lunch Made Great Again; USDA Destroys Michelle Obama Lunch Rules
President Donald Trump and the USDA destroyed Michelle Obama’s healthy lunch regulations, giving local schools the freedom to create lunches kids will actually eat again. Schools can offer 1 percent chocolate and strawberry milk again, as well as more refined white flour products. Schools have more time to lower sodium. Noodles, tortillas, biscuits, and other products made with refined grains are also back on the menu.
The new rules were first announced by USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. They were a part of a plan to “Make School Meals Great Again,”. They are now going into effect.
“These common-sense flexibilities provide excellent customer service to our local school nutrition professionals, while giving children the world-class food service they deserve,” Perdue said in a statement. “If kids are not eating what is being served, they are not benefiting, and food is being wasted,” he said in a recent statement.
You will remember in 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was championed by Michelle Obama.
It set school lunch maximums for calories and cut sodium and artery-clogging trans fat. It also required more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
The lunch program was a disaster. It resulted in millions of dollars in food being wasted. School kids quit eating the lunches and tossed them in the trash. Some students complained about schools serving “bowls of mush and mystery proteins.”
Remember when? Obama To Punish Schools For Not Obeying Michelle’s Lunch Rules!! You Can Tell Him NO!
Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller stated it best at the 2014 Texas Republican Convention when he brought the house down with an open message to Michelle Obama concerning her school lunch program::
“Lady… we’ve been raising bright, healthy, strappin’ young men and women in Texas for nearly 200 years…and we don’t need you, or anyone else coming to Texas and tellin’ us how to raise our kids!”
Miller went on to say: “In fact, our public schools would be a whole lot better off if the Federal Government would simply stay out of our business. Locally elected officials, school boards, superintendents, principals, teachers, and most importantly, parents should run our schools and determine what is best for our kids!!!”
Social media users posted gruesome images, showing school lunches that didn’t even look edible.
They posted pictures of their unappetizing lunches on social media with the hashtag #thanksmichelleobama.
— camryn ⓥ (@camrynltfb) December 2, 2015
— Betsy Ettinger (@BetsyEttinger) April 19, 2016
The move affects schools that feed over 30 million children annually.
The USDA recently announced changes to school lunch menus, via NBC News:
The Trump administration is scaling back contested school lunch standards implemented under the Obama administration including one that required only whole grains be served. The USDA said Thursday only half the grains served will need to be whole grains. A change it said will do away with the current bureaucracy of requiring schools to obtain special waivers to serve select refined grains foods.
Low-fat chocolate milk are allowed again. Previously, only fat-free milk could be flavored. That rule had also been temporarily waived. A final goal for limiting sodium will be scrapped as well. Schools will still be required to meet reduced sodium targets.
Thank you President Trump! This was an important one!