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Are food regulations helping or hurting our kids?

1M kids stop school lunch due to Michelle Obama’s food standards
February 27, 2014 By Stephen Dinan

Michelle Obama's food regulations not workingThe federal government’s changes to school lunch menus have been disastrous, causing problems for cafeterias trying to comply with the rules and leaving the menu so expensive or unpalatable that more than 1 million students have stopped buying lunch, according to a government audit released Thursday.

One school district told federal investigators that it had to add unhealthy pudding and potato chips to its menu to meet the government’s minimum calorie requirements. Other school districts removed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from their elementary school menus.

Five of the eight school districts surveyed by the Government Accountability Office, the official watchdog for Congress, said they believed students were going hungry because of smaller entree portions demanded by the rules.

Cafeterias regularly reported finding fruits and vegetables, which they are required to serve, ending up in trash cans. Although no studies have been completed, the government has found an increase in what it calls plate waste in some districts.

Despite the hiccups, school food authorities said they generally support the nutritional changes and think the menus are moving in the right direction.

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School food regulations causing problems
June 24, 2014 by Dothan First

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act took affect two years ago. The new act is aimed at healthier lunches to help have healthier students.

“Probably the biggest concern is childhood obesity and the increase in early onset diabetes in children, or type two diabetes that we’re seeing in children became a concern and so the meal pattern again had not been updated and so they wanted to see some changes to hopefully combat those two areas,” said Child Nutrition Program Director Tonya Greer.

But has it really helped all that much? The guidelines and rules are so strict many school systems are having trouble keeping up with each year’s new changes and Dothan City Schools is one of them.

“It’s been challenging. There’s only so many things kids will eat and there’s only so many things in those different sub groups that are financially, I guess, viable for a school to serve, because the reimbursement is still limited in terms of what you can spend on food costs,” said Greer.

The new implementation includes having 100 percent whole grain foods as well as a certain amount of fruits and vegetables each day. The vegetables are even broken down into sub categories depending on their color and vitamin content.

Many of the students are also having trouble getting acquainted with the new tastes.

“If we’ve made the move of at least 50 percent of the offerings being whole grain, you know, is it really beneficial to the child to serve them all whole grains and watch them throw it away. As opposed to giving them some whole grain and some refined grained and watching them consumes it,” said Greer.

With only a few days before the new guidelines take effect there’s not much the schools can do.

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