Move over Michelle!
It looks like the Trump administration may make some changes to Michelle Obama’s famous school lunch program.
NBC News reports:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to ease school lunch regulations created under former President Barack Obama.
On Friday, the department announced its secretary, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, will introduce an interim rule to provide “regulatory flexibility” for the National School Lunch Program at a Virginia elementary school on Monday, alongside Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
The National School Lunch Program provides nutritionally balanced reduced-cost or free lunches to children. Former First Lady Michelle Obama pushed for strict nutritional standards on the program as part of her campaign against obesity. Conservative Republicans have long held concerns about the program’s costs, at times attempting to claw back its associated regulations or allow schools to opt out completely.
It’s not clear what exactly will be done to the program, but change is needed.
— Sec. Sonny Perdue (@SecretarySonny) May 1, 2017
The problem is the kids aren’t eating healthy options and a lot of the food is ending up in the trash. This means that a lot of tax dollars are being wasted and the program isn’t even accomplishing what it set out to do.
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says “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 has signed a proclamation that eases some of the tight regulations on the program. This will give students more choices. More than likely, Perdue will continue to make changes to the program so it actually starts working properly.
Michelle Obama started the program to ensure that children from lower income households would be able to get a healthy meal at school. It just isn’t happening. Apparently kids like Snickers bars and Coca-Cola more than peas and carrots. Who knew?