Trump Administration Rolls Back School Lunch Reform
On Monday, the Trump administration issued a new rule to eliminate some of the nutritional standards currently required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010. This law, which reformed school lunch and breakfast programs, was designed to improve child nutrition but the standards have remained controversial.
School nutrition directors around the country have argued for changes since the law was enacted. Many claim the standards prevent their programs from providing food children will eat—resulting in excessive waste as the food is thrown away. According to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, schools will no longer have to work as hard to cut sodium levels, include whole grains, or provide non-fat milk in student meals.
Some are disheartened by these changes—citing the rising obesity epidemic and statistics showing many children in the U.S. eat a diet that exceeds the guidelines for sodium, sugar, and fat. The FDA also postponed its requirement for calorie labels on restaurant menus and grocery store displays, which was also part of the 2010 health initiative and was to go into effect later this week.
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