School Food Rules Set By Obama Reversed By Trump

The administration under Donald Trump announced last year that they are going to be forgiving in terms of the requirements set by former president Obama and his wife Michelle regarding health school lunches. The new administration said that they are not mandating schools to strictly follow serving foods that are made of whole grains, milk that are fat free and menu items that are low in sodium. This is in contradiction to the aim of many food service organizations as they order natural ingredient from reliable sources such as using an online tool.

According to Sonny Perdue, the secretary of agriculture, it is a lot of work to ask for schools to follow those rules in serving school meals and they believe that the kids do not want to eat that kind of foods.

Perdue added that if the kids are not consuming the food served to them then these will be thrown in the trash. The result is that they did not get the nutrition they need which is the main goal of the program in the first place. The school food programs are under the management of the Agriculture Department.

According to a report from the USDA, schools are finding it a challenge to located products that are required. The kids are also enjoying the whole grain foods they get in any form. The school meals require flexibility in order for the institutions to meet the requirement when it comes to serving whole grain.

The stricter rules in school food were initiated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010 which was put into law by former president Barack Obama. The program campaign was then spearheaded by the former first lady, Michelle Obama, which is included in her Let’s Move program.

Center for Science in the Public Interest, Margo Wootan, said that they are disappointed by the announcement of Sonny Perdue considering he was only starting his term during the amendment of the school meal requirements. They view it as a step back as they are already making progress into making sure children in America gets served with health and quality meals. Even the food service industry is looking into healthier supplier of ingredients such as which offers a high-tech tool to help chef and cooks manage their recipes and ingredients.