Giving Compass’ Take:
• Jessica Campisi reports that the Trump administration is rolling back school lunch nutrition standards that had successfully improved nutritional quality.
• The Trump administration cites students complaints as one reason for the rule reversal. How should children’s preferences play into decisions about their health and wellbeing?
• Learn about an effort to create free, sustainable school lunch for all.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced late that it would roll back Obama-era school lunch regulations that set standards for grains, flavored milks and sodium content in the foods on cafeteria menus. The changes will impact schools that qualify for some level of federal reimbursement.
The former nutrition standards said grain-rich items, like pizza or bread, had to be at least 50% whole grains, but under the Trump rules, only half of what’s served in cafeterias have to be “whole grain-rich.” The Trump administration also said schools can serve low-fat milk options rather than just non-fat milk, and schools have to continue working to lower sodium content in cafeteria items — just not as much as they had to before.
In rolling back the previous administration’s rules, the Trump administration said the guidelines were too expensive and were generating complaints from students who didn’t like what was served. Research showed that these meals not only improved the nutritional value of cafeteria options that used to be filled with unhealthy, processed foods, but they also weren’t met with significant changes in meal participation data.
Read the full article about school lunch requirements by Jessica Campisi at Education Dive.
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