Trump Administration Rolls Back Schools Lunch Plan

The Trump Administration is rolling back another Obama-Administration rule, one that was designed to make school lunches healthier.

It was a program championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, and while it required more fruits, veggies and whole grains, many school districts complained the healthy foods were ending up in the trash.

The announcement takes aim at one of Michelle Obama's signature efforts to fight obesity.

"This healthy eating stuff is here to stay!"

In 2012, the government required healthy changes to school meals including:

-More fruits and vegetables.

-Slowly phasing in lower sodium levels in foods.

-Requiring half of all breads and pastas to be whole grain.

-Eventually all would be whole grain.

But many school districts reported the healthy foods cost more and kids often threw it away.

Monday at a school in Virginia, President Trump's new Agriculture Secretary announced he's loosening the rules.

Sonny Perdue, Ag. Secretary, “Meals can't be nutritious if they're not consumed, if they're put in the trash."

Now, under the Trump plan:

-The government will not cut sodium levels any further.

-It will also keep the current whole grain requirements and not demand that all pastas and breads go whole grain.

-Schools will also be allowed to offer 1% chocolate milk.

Marion Nestle shared, “The big losers are the children who will have less healthy meals. The winners will be the makers of processed foods and processed food products sold to schools."

Outside the school in Virginia, some parents protested the changes.

While in the Los Angeles School District, where they make 700-thousand-meals a day, nutrition specialists say they've found ways to make the food taste better and avoid waste.

Ivy Marx commented, “You will always find that kids are going to be fickle with what they eat and some days they're going to like it more than others."

"These new rules take effect in the fall. The Trump Administration insisting local school districts should make local decisions about what to feed their kids.”

Join News 13’s Tyler Waggenspack tonight to learn how this will affect Wyoming school kids.



 
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