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    Default Trump Weakens School Lunch Rules - While Maintaining The Current Crony System

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    May 11, 2017

    The Trump administration is relaxing school lunch requirements set under the Obama administration. States will now be allowed to grant exemptions to schools struggling to hit certain nutrition benchmarks. Exempted schools will not have to cut more salt from meals, can serve fewer whole grains, and can offer 1% flavored milk in addition to the fat-free flavored milk currently required.
    The changes do not affect the basics of the current crony system. Recall that two of the biggest school lunch suppliers used their money and political influence to twist regulations so that a slice of pizza would be considered a vegetable and kids could be served all of the French fries they wanted.

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    Default Re: Trump Weakens School Lunch Rules - While Maintaining The Current Crony System

    Over the past several years, California has "reinvented" the whole idea of the school lunch program. The kids reportedly love the "new look" lunches. Other cities with large school districts, like New York and Minnesota, have followed the 71 school districts in California and reinvented their lunch programs too. While the National School Lunch Program is federally funded, states have wiggle room to implement as they see fit. Not sure the new regs will bring about a massive change given that parents and students love the lunch programs they have now.

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    Let's hope you're right, Wiz. I've read stories of kids throwing fresh vegetables and fruit in the trash, but most of the stories seem to originate from critics of the Obama administration, since Michelle Obama was the one who created the healthy school lunch program. In my experience, hungry kids will eat what's on their tray, even if it's a food that's unfamiliar to them. I've also seen photo essays of school lunches around the world — lunches that would put ours to shame.
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    I too have read those stories of children throwing away fresh veggies & fruit. But, apparently, California, New York City, Minnesota, etc. have figured it out. Their lunches are fresher, healthier and tastier. Children now prefer the antibiotic-free rotisserie chicken, fresh fruits & veggies over the unhealthy deep-fried burritos and sloppy joes. One key thing is the school districts have partnered with local organizations to provide locally-grown fruits & veggies. Seafood is delivered fresh the same day its caught to be used in seafood tacos and soups. Some children also have an opportunity to get involved in growing the very veggies they eat. It seems California launched an all out campaign--partnering with multiple local organizations who care about healthier lunches for school children. This article provides more details:
    https://www.universityofcalifornia.e...g-school-lunch
    Last edited by Mr. Wizard; 05-19-17 at 10:35 PM.

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    This is really good news. (I needed that!) California seems to be the leading edge of everything progressive and forward-looking. We Mainers will see the trends from CA about ten years down the road.
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