Schools Ready to Ditch Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunch Rules

Michelle Obama sits with winners of 2016 Kids' Healthy Lunchtime Challenge in the East Room of the White House

Michelle Obama sits with winners of 2016 Kids' Healthy Lunchtime Challenge in the East Room of the White House / AP

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Schools across the country are ready to do away with former First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy lunch rules.

With President Donald Trump in office, school cafeteria workers are hoping to have the rules overturned, the Washington Examiner reports.

Nutrition was one of Obama's main focuses while she was in the White House. But the standards that were put in place by the federal government did not go over well with students and schools. The School Nutrition Association, a nonprofit professional organization that represents over 57,000 members that work in school food service, has said studies show that fewer students are eating the lunches, leading to higher food waste and higher costs. If schools do decide to get rid of the program, then they face federal subsidy cuts.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.) is taking steps to repeal the Health Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, but many are hoping that Trump will unilaterally remove the regulations even before a repeal is done.

"It's the perfect example of how government interference generally makes a small problem far worse," Meadows said of the regulations.

The healthy lunch regulations have been put in place stricter standards on the amount of salt in food, in addition to more whole grains. The School Nutrition Association has said that naturally occurring salt in meat and soups has forced schools to remove previous nutritious options, and replace them with more expensive options that the students refuse to eat.

Since the regulations went into effect, students across the country have voiced their displeasure with the "healthy lunches."

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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