USDA to make changes to current school lunch standards

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Michelle Obama’s initiative to curb childhood obesity has been described as an abject failure by many; wasted food and hungry kids have since caused problems for many public school districts.

In an effort to relax the current federal standards, The Hill reported that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will unveil a new rule on Monday intended to give schools more flexibility.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Perdue and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) will announce the new rule at the Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., where they plan to eat lunch with the students.

As a proponent of the current federal school lunch standards, the American Heart Association is pushing back. According to CEO Nancy Brown, 99 percent of schools are in compliance with those standards, and they’re working.

“Improving children’s health should be a top priority for the USDA, and serving more nutritious foods in schools is a clear-cut way to accomplish this goal,” she said, noting, “Rather than altering the current path forward, we hope the agency focuses more on providing technical assistance that can help schools get across the finish line, if they haven’t done so already.”

 

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