Public schools across the nation are reeling from the costly and unappetizing meal choices that have resulted from Michelle Obama’s campaign to fight childhood obesity. Under her direction, the federal government has implemented a number of strict restrictions regarding the nutrition contents of foods served in school cafeterias.
Administrators are increasingly fighting these regulations, with many districts looking to Congress for a way to opt out of the program. For their part, Republicans in the U.S. House have proposed legislation allowing schools that can prove the regulations are cost-prohibitive to bypass the first lady’s pet project.
One school board president in Wisconsin recently weighed in on the restrictions, taking a few jabs at Michelle Obama in the process.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Muskego-Norway School District Board President Rick Petfalski wants the freedom to decide what is best for local students instead of receiving mandates from D.C.
“We believe that proper food nutrition and meal portion guidelines are best decided at a local level,” he maintained.
He is reportedly willing to forego federal funding for the opportunity to provide meals kids in his district are actually willing to eat. Under the existing guidelines, he noted that the district’s food service program was set to reach a funding shortfall of $54,000 – primarily based on sluggish sales of the unpopular meals.
If his district shuns the federal mandates, however, he said the department could actually reach a surplus of more than $7,000.
“By leaving the program we will not be required to follow these onerous guidelines,” he explained, “pushed by and large by Michelle Obama who, last time I checked, has been elected by no one.”
The Journal Sentinel noted that other area districts are making similar decisions.
Central High School District of Westosha Administrator Scott Pierce said that adherence to the program had his district on track for an $80,000 deficit. He just wants the opportunity to employ a private vendor – which has already been secured – to provide healthy, tasty food for local students.
“We’re not trying to fatten up our kids,” he asserted. “We’re trying to give them food they like.”
Waterford Graded School District Superintendent Christopher Joch reported that the mandates led to significant waste, adding that parents in his district were outspoken critics of the program.
“The food ended up in the garbage instead of the kids’ mouths,” he recalled.
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