Western Journalism has covered extensively the overwhelming dissatisfaction among many public school students with nutrition regulations implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and touted by childhood fitness activist Michelle Obama.
Beyond the small portions and unappetizing fare, however, is the financial burden of complying with the new rules. School districts across the nation have had to choose whether to absorb that added expense or drop the federal regulations, thus foregoing the federal funding that goes along with it.
A recent survey by the Student Nutritional Association indicates that eight in 10 districts are now forced to cut spending elsewhere – or fire cafeteria staff – in order to offset compliance costs. Just three percent of districts polled felt the added bureaucracy is helping their financial situation in any way.
Nearly half of the districts have already resorted to layoffs, reduced hours or curtailed hiring as a direct result of the regulations.
“The costs associated with these changes have taken a huge toll on our ability to purchase equipment or expand our offerings,” one source told the Washington Free Beacon. “We have been limited to hire positions needed for our program due to lack of funding. Students are very intolerant of mediocre-tasting products due to decrease of sodium and requirement to use whole grains.”
As a result of the districts’ sacrifice, the only measurable gain seems to be in the amount of garbage collected each school day.
“Our waste has increased dramatically,” another source revealed. “It is shameful the food we throw away. We have the healthiest garbage!”
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