Theodore's World: Michelle Obama's “Healthy” School Lunch Overhaul Wreaking Havoc On School Districts

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July 16, 2013

Michelle Obama's “Healthy” School Lunch Overhaul Wreaking Havoc On School Districts

Michelle Obama's “Healthy” School Lunch Overhaul Wreaking Havoc On School Districts

A newly released report by the Government Accountability Office finds numerous problems have been created by the National School Lunch Program overhaul pushed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Those problems have been magnified in recent weeks, as several school districts across the nation have either dropped out of the voluntary federal lunch program or have increased prices of school lunches to make up for a drop in sales attributed to federal menu changes.

The report, presented to a subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee, detailed visits to eight school districts by GAO bureaucrats to see the impact of the regulations.

“Although the eight districts GAO visited expressed support for the improvements to the nutritional quality of school lunch, they reported additional challenges meeting the new requirements, such as student acceptance, food waste, costs, and participation,” the report states.

The report notes the absurd conflicts and inconsistencies created by the changes. For example, cheeseburgers were removed from one district’s elementary and middle school lunch menus because adding cheese to the burger “would have made it difficult to stay within the weekly meat maximums.” Another district switched from shredded cheese to cheese sauce because the liquid cheese “does not count as a meat alternate.”

Cheese is cheese, unless you’re writing government regulations, apparently.

Similarly, another school district switched from whole grain chips to potato chips because “the potato chip did not count as a grain.”

The report also found schools didn’t necessarily increase healthy options for students.

Wild Thing's comment............

I wish she would leave the children alone. Remember how the teen boys were starving and not getting enough food, they play sports and are very active and it was too hard on them to be on so little calories.
She is all about control.

Posted by Wild Thing at July 16, 2013 12:47 AM