Our children may have been eating more fruit and vegetables, grown healthier and thinned down some in school the last several years because of the School Lunch Program.
If they did, it is likely because a bi-partisan Congress and the USDA put in place back in 2012 some more rigorous standards to encourage nutrition and to fight childhood obesity.
These regulations required more whole grains, a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, and less sodium and meat in the school lunch regimen.
The National School Lunch program is a federally assisted meals program that operates in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. The meals are nutritionally balanced, low cost or free. This is not a recent idea. Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act in 1946.
It was hoped that feeding children would fight poverty and reduce disease. For, without good food, our children get diet-related diseases, and they don’t learn so well.
There is serious concern in the schools and among parents of children attending school in Loudoun County and across the nation that the current more rigorous school diet is not going to remain so healthy under the current Administration.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) lightened and diluted the school regulations as they apply to nutritional standards this past Monday.
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, the former Governor of Georgia, announced an interim rule to provide “regulatory flexibility” for the National School Lunch Program. Continue reading