School lunches are about to be made great again.
Early in the first term of former President Barack Obama, several restrictions were placed on school lunches that strongly regulated what schools could serve students. This change was due in large part to the work of former first lady Michelle Obama who championed health and fitness as one of her initiatives.
Although the goal of these Obama era restrictions was to increase the health of American students, many schools found the regulations to be burdensome and ineffective.
Now, the United States Department of Agriculture, under theTrump administration, is pushing those restrictions to the side.
Julie Gunlock from the Independent Women’s Forum explained to Fox News why these regulations needed to go.
“These reforms that went through in 2010, pushed by Michelle Obama, were well-intentioned, but in reality, kids were not eating the food and we saw that there was a major food-waste problem developing in some of these schools. Kids were taking their entire trays and throwing them in the garbage. One study said that 60 percent of vegetables, 40 percent of fruit was just being tossed. In one [Los Angeles] county, the school made an arrangement with a homeless shelter to give the food because they had so much left.”
Gunlock explained that these new reforms will give back “flexibility” to school cafeteria workers and allow them to choose what they feed the students, rather than a bureaucrat from Washington D.C.
Under the new pulled-back regulations, students will once again have access to school lunch classics like chocolate milk. Although students may be hyped to hear the news, some still have concerns about childhood obesity in America.
Gunlock explained that the current restrictions go far beyond junk food, placing bans on butter, salt, and meal staples like corn and flour tortillas.
“I understand that obesity is a problem, but kids not eating at school, at all, is also a problem,” explained Gunlock. “We need to give more control to the local folks. The people on the ground trying every day to make appealable food to serve these children.”
Gunlock also noted that childhood health decisions should be made by the parents, not government officials.