School Children Cheer As Obama Legacy Trashed
When it comes to this Obama legacy, school children decided to trash it.
Michelle Obama turned lunch time at school into drudgery. Her nutrition program was a disaster, and likely had more children going hungry than ever before. The only answer as to why she would sponsor such a program lies in political payback
Here’s what we wrote when they “relaxed the rules” on the program a few years back:
I’m surprised that Michelle Lunch Program Obama hadn’t issued a proclamation, “If you like your nutrition plan, you can keep your nutrition plan.”
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That’s why schools had to go BACK to “junk meals.” And apparently they get to keep them. As reported in Medical Daily:
In a reversal, the Obama administration on Thursday announced they would permanently relax [emphasis added] unpopular nutrition rules for the federal school lunch program.
The rules were intended [emphasis added] to fight childhood obesity by lowering calories and portion sizes, but proved wildly unpopular with students and parents throughout the country.
With the safety of the Trump administration, schools have completely revolted.
Penn-Trafford High School now that they ditched federal food regulations. Although the school tried to conform to the standards Obama put in place, kids refused to eat school lunches.
As Victor Skinner Reports:
The freedom from the strict restrictions on calories, fat, sugar, salt and other elements, came at the expense of federal funding to help cover free- and reduced-priced lunches for some students, but district business manager Brett Lago said the decision is already paying off in year one.
“We’ve lost, to date, about $40,000 worth of reimbursement, but our sales are up about $50,000 over last year,” he said. “Participation has gone from about 25 percent to 45 percent, and we’re still providing free lunches to all those students who would have been eligible under the school lunch program.”
Ditching the federal regulations allowed school food workers to redesign the cafeteria from a funnel system with few choices to a food court model with a deli and panini station, grill, main course counter and other stations, according to the news site.
“You get to choose what you want instead of being sort of funneled in and only having one choice,” junior Chase Zavarella said. “I think everyone is happier with the new selection.”
Senior Brianna Lander pointed to the cafeteria’s garbage cans as evidence that the new system is working better than the federal rules, which require all students to take a fruit or vegetable whether they wanted it or not.
“The trash cans were always full, sometimes overflowing,” Lander said. “You don’t see that now. People would go up to the snack line and get random junk food, where now you can get an actual meal and eat it.”
But don’t worry; ditching Obama’s so-called healthy guidelines isn’t a recipe for disaster.
This new system allows students more control over their diet, which also allows for more healthy choices. As Lago pointed out, when it comes to portion size and meal choices, individual students have separate needs. Take for example a 300-pound football player and a 90-pound cheerleader- they would definitely require completely different caloric intakes. That’s the kind of common sense Obama’s plan completely lacks.
Ditching the federal guidelines saved the food service at Penn-Trafford. The strict nutrition regulations prompted some 500 other schools to drop out of the NSLP. Moreso, Obama’s Healthy Hunger Free Act actually drove school food sales down for the first time ever! Let’s be real, school lunches were never gourmet. However, Obama’s rules took bland and made it more like dog chow.
Students rebelled by simply tossing their trays in the trash. And that is how an estimated $1 billion of food was wasted. Now Trump has one more mess to clean up.
According to the Quad City Times:
The House Freedom Caucus has called on the Trump administration to consider efforts to repeal the lunch rules during the first 100 days, while the School Nutrition Association will request “reasonable” flexibility for menu planning.
In other words, can we please eat human food.
Barack and Michelle Obama may have been responsible for more food waste than any other human beings in history.