The school food program that was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama was anything but “healthy.” After one school stopped the program, students have had tons of responses.
A senior at Penn-Trafford High School named Brianna Lander stated, via Breitbart, “The trash cans were always full, sometimes overflowing. 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.”
The trashcans were often overflowing because students were throwing away the required fruit or vegetable the school program mandated they take as well as the often horrible meal the school was forced to make on its severely limited budget.
All of that money was going into the garbage, but now, this Pennsylvania school is actually saving money and providing better food and nutrition to its students.
Many schools like Penn-Trafford have struggled to comply with this program, having to pay for overpriced “healthy” food that left little in the budget for much else, and much of the student participation in purchasing lunch declined as a result.
Now, the school is free of the restrictive guidelines that limited the number of calories, salt, sugar, and fat in each lunch. Many schools like Penn-Trafford also lost the funding necessary to give students from poor families free and reduced lunches.
“We’ve lost, to date, about $40,000 worth of reimbursement, but our sales are up about $50,000 over last year. 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,” stated Brett Lago, the school district’s business manager.
This is a major issue. Many families cannot afford to buy their kids lunches or the supplies to make their lunches at home — unless they send their kids to school with a dollar ramen noodle pack!
Despite its free lunch program, Penn-Trafford had the money to redesign the lunch room and now gives the students a choice of a deli and panini station, a main course counter, a grill, and other stations.
Students get to choose, which increases the likelihood they will eat. Food is not a “one size fits all” type of thing — kids are picky, not everyone likes the same thing, and some students have different needs and body types. So, options are a good fit. And this high school is only one that has left the restrictive program.
Around 500 schools have dropped out of the program, and many lawmakers are looking to repeal the program altogether, so no school will have to maintain the strict and wasteful food plan Michelle Obama thought was a “great idea.”
Hopefully, it will be one of the many things to go under Trump’s First 100 Days because our kids deserve better!