President Trump and his administration just slashed through former First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch initiative and federal nutrition standards.
“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,” Perdue said during his announcement of the guideline changes at a school in Leesburg, Virginia.
With the new, more flexible guidelines, public schools would also be allowed surpass the required Obama milk initiative to serve 1 percent milk instead of nonfat.
All schools that receive federal funds for free and reduced meals are required to follow government rules, but Obama’s rules were strict. This made finding food that kids will eat difficult for some schools.
Perdue is a former governor of Georgia and knows about schools struggling to eat the required whole-grain items for lunch.
Grits are a southern staple, but because of the Obama’s initiative for whole-grain grits, kids were unfamiliar and didn’t eat them.
“The school is compliant with the whole-grain requirements, but no one is eating the grits,” Perdue said. “That doesn’t make any sense.”
“Some people don’t like regulations, but these are important regulations that impact kids,” Leesburg, VA mayor Kelly Burk said.
Trump did leave some of the Obama guidelines intact, however. Mandatory fruit and vegetable offerings was one of them.
Sen. Pat Roberts(R-KS) was one of the most loudest making the call for an easing of the standards.
“The policies that Secretary Perdue has declared here today will provide the flexibility to ensure that schools are able to serve nutritious meals that children will actually eat. Because that is really what these programs are about: serving meals to hungry children so that they can learn and grow,” Roberts said in a statement, according to The Hill.