Schools: Give Us a Break on School Lunch Laws


Schools are asking Congress and the administration to roll back rules regulating school lunch due to the cost and difficulty of putting them in place.

The new lunch standards, championed by first lady Michelle Obama as part of her effort to make school food healthier, are creating many challenges for schools across the country, according to the Associated Press.

Some schools say the changes have been expensive and difficult to put in place, and school officials are asking Congress and the Agriculture Department to roll back some of the requirements. Their main concerns: finding enough whole grain-rich foods that kids like, lowering sodium levels and keeping fruits and vegetables from ending up in the trash.

In interviews, school nutrition directors across the country mostly agreed that healthy changes were needed in school lunches — long famous for daily servings of greasy fries and pizza. Kids have adapted easily to many of the changes, are getting more variety in the lunch line and are eating healthier.