Michelle Obama recently spearheaded the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which went into full effect in school cafeterias for the 2012-2013 school year. The legislation was the first overhaul on nutritional guidelines for school lunches in decades, however, it was also the first time maximum calorie counts were implemented in an effort to stem childhood obesity. This, of course, left kids across America super whiny.
Now, the USDA is buckling on the initial guidelines, allowing schools to exceed the set maximum on meats and grains, if they so choose. Besides high schoolers complaining about how 850 calories isn’t substantial enough for lunch, school administrators say that imposing strict guidelines on meat and grains makes meal-planning difficult. (Maximum meat portions top out at 10-12 ounces a week for high schoolers, and apparently, always finding the right size meat is an issue.)
Notorious waffler Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote members of Congress in a letter Friday:
“This flexibility is being provided to allow more time for the development of products that fit within the new standards while granting schools additional weekly menu planning options to help ensure that children receive a wholesome, nutritious meal every day of the week.”
Just working out the kinks, folks.
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