New school lunch standards implemented as a result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign have led to more than 1 million children leaving the lunch line, according to a new report.
My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a wide-ranging audit of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act nutrition standards last week, finding 48 out of 50 states faced challenges complying with Mrs. Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
It would appear that the Nanny State gets the same reaction that any nanny gets.
The new standards led to kids throwing out their fruits and vegetables, student boycotts, higher lunch costs, and odd food pairings such as “cheese stick with shrimp” in order for schools to comply with the complicated rules.
But the government doesn’t care, because it’s ‘for the children’.
The National School Lunch Program saw a sharp decline in participation once the healthy standards went into effect during the 2012-2013 school year. A total of 1,086,000 students stopped buying school lunch, after participation had increased steadily for nearly a decade.
There’s that pesky democracy thing again.
The standards forced some schools to stop serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and led middle school and high school students to opt for vending machines or buying food off campus to avoid the lunch line.
Funny how that works. Given a choice, people will make a choice, and it’s not always the choice that the government wants them to make.
The new standards are exhaustive, including calorie ranges for each age group, sodium limits, zero tolerance for trans fats, and specific ounce amounts for meats and grains. White bread will be mostly phased out beginning in 2014 because only “whole grain rich” items will be allowed.
In other words, the perfect government program––everything not mandatory is forbidden.
The “morale” for cafeteria workers has also suffered under the new standards.
“Staff in one SFA noted that the increased amount of time and effort to prepare fruits and vegetables also led to morale issues when staff saw students throw the fruits and vegetables in the trash,” the GAO said.
Let’s hope that they connect the dots and vote Republican from now on.
Lunchroom costs are also going up due to the need for “new spoons and ladles to match the new portion size requirements.” Thirty-one percent of SFAs nationwide said they needed additional kitchen equipment to comply with the new lunch requirements last school year.
Government program = greater cost+waste–that’s an eternal truth.
The law mandated that schools increase the price of school lunches, causing students to stop buying “because they felt they were being asked to pay more for less food.”
Welcome to the Nanny State kids; be careful not to step in the leadership.
“Although school lunch participation has declined, it is likely that participation will improve over time as students adjust to the lunch changes,” they said.
One could say the same about other force circumstances, like a concentration camp.