Administration Loosening Michelle Obama Championed School Lunch Requirements

 

The Trump administration is loosening some of the school lunch requirements put in place under former first lady Michelle Obama's signature healthy school lunch program. Under the program, schools had to reduce the amount of calories, fat and sodium in their food and increase whole grains, fruits and vegetables and nonfat milk. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced yesterday (May 1st) that beginning next year, schools can request an exemption from the whole grain requirements and delay the sodium reduction requirement. They will also be able to serve one percent flavored milk instead of nonfat. Perdue said the requirements had increased costs, and led to fewer children eating the food. He said, "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."

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