Kid aren’t buying lunch as often as they used to, according to the Washington Examiner.
The Examiner reports 54,000 school cafeteria workers want to do away with health-focused rules implemented under the former first lady, Michelle Obama.
The School Nutrition Association believes there should be fewer restrictions on ingredients that taste good, arguing that students aren’t buying the “bland” grains and foods being provided.
Currently, if a school opts out of Michelle Obama’s lunch rules, they lose federal funding.
“Overly prescriptive regulations have resulted in unintended consequences, including reduced student lunch participation, higher costs, and food waste. Federal nutrition standards should be modified to help school menu planners manage these challenges and prepare nutritious meals that appeal to diverse student tastes,” a new policy paper from the association said.
Some schools want to do away with being forced to pay more for expensive all-grain products that children aren’t buying.
“Students are eating more whole grain breads and rolls, but schools are struggling with limited availability of specialty whole grain items and meeting students’ regional and cultural preferences for certain refined grains, such as white rice, pasta, grits, bagels or tortillas,” the policy paper said.
School officials are also complaining that the restriction on salty food is preventing them from selling healthy items like soups, sandwiches, meat and dairy products.
According to the Washington Examiner, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows is currently working to repeal the former first lady’s “Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.”
“The federal government involving itself in what is served in school lunches is the epitome of government overreach,” Meadows said. “Districts that have chosen to opt out have been able to provide more options to students and better-quality services. At the beginning of the year, I released a report of more than 300 regulations the Trump administration can undo, which included overly burdensome federal lunch program standards. It’s the perfect example of how government interference generally makes a small problem far worse.”
H/T: Washington Examiner
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