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USDA ‘Permanently Relaxes’ School Lunch Menus

From an unfazed Reuters:

U.S. permanently relaxes rules aimed at healthier school meals

January 2, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childhood obesity by reining in calories and portion sizes but aroused complaints the policies caused students to go hungry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture had initially loosened the rules in late 2012, suspending daily and weekly maximum amounts for grains and meat or meal alternatives. That allowed school districts to service larger portions without penalty.

More bad news for the Obama administration and its top busybody, Michelle Obama. And yet another one of their ‘over-reaches’ failing right before our eyes. But even so, how are kids ever going to lose weight if they don’t go hungry?

"Earlier this school year, USDA made a commitment to school nutrition professionals that we would make the meat and grain flexibility permanent and provide needed stability for long-term planning. We have delivered on that promise," Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, said in a statement.

The announcement was welcomed by North Dakota Republican Senator John Hoeven, who had introduced a bill with Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor to make the changes permanent.

"Today, the USDA made the permanent changes we have been seeking to the School Lunch Program," Hoeven said in a statement. "A one-size-fits-all approach to school lunch left students hungry and school districts frustrated with the additional expense, paperwork and nutritional research necessary to meet federal requirements. These are exactly the changes included in our Sensible School Lunch Act."

The rules had initially been adopted in 2012 as part of a law designed to improve school breakfasts and lunches. The modifications were aimed at limiting fat and salt, reducing portion sizes and increasing fruit and vegetable servings.

By the way, notice that whenever the story is about how this attempt at regulating what kids eat is failing there is never any mention of Michelle Obama’s role. But when there is a story about some supposed success, her name is mentioned constantly. Why is that?

Some 31 million children in the United States receive free or low-cost school lunches and more than 10 million get free or discounted breakfasts…

Which is why the Democrats now think they should be able to control them.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 3rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “USDA ‘Permanently Relaxes’ School Lunch Menus”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    (Narration)Every family has a kid who won’t eat. My kid brother had not eaten voluntarily in over three years.

    Mom: Oh, Randy, don’t play with your food, eat it! Starving people would be happy to have that.

    This little excerpt from “A Christmas Story” illustrates that kids can be finicky eaters. However, given that my mother used to put liverwurst sandwiches in my lunch bag for school, those were the days I elected to go hungry. Hate the stuff. Yet, some years later when I was able to tell my mother, her response was, “You LOVE liverwurst”.

    I was dumbfounded. I think I should be able to identify those foods which I liked and did not…yet here was my mother, in the role of Anchor-Ass Michelle, telling me what I liked and did not.

    So…I think it goes beyond just good intentions; People can convince themselves of almost anything. She is convinced that if you put arugula in front of kids, they’ll devour it like red vine candy.

    So fine, keep thinking that. And like Randy’s dad in the movie, “Get me my plumber’s helper and a screwdriver and — I’ll SHOVE it in.”

    We’ll make those children like it if we have to kill them to do it, by golly.

    The difference today isn’t diet though. It’s physical activity. Kids are able to elect if they want to get any PhysEd now or if they want to just sit in a classroom and get fat. Poor diet has been the bane of childhood since the beginning of time. But making it a real problem are these:

    Food Stamps
    Abundance of Crap bought through that program
    Lack of physical exercise by kids
    Parents/teachers who let it happen

    There’s a lot more but it’s all a liberal-caused problem. The parents of healthy kids are usually conservative and they not only watch what their kids eat but they get out there and engage in physical exercise WITH their kids, and encourage them to get into sports, or just have pickup games in the vacant lot.

    So…though….add to the list above, the overwhelming “caring” where parents won’t let their kids climb trees, rocks, race bicycles, etc because it’s “too dangerous”. Helmets, knee-pads, proper footwear, etc., etc. Lordy, it’s like you have to dress your kid for combat or get accused of being a bad parent if you don’t shroud them with the latest in body-armor technology so they don’t get a scratch.


    “The Nanny State mentality begins at home”.

    I refer you to Master Gunnery Sergeant Ermie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APwfZYO1di4

    • untrainable says:

      It flies in the face of all that is liberal that any of us lived through childhood. I still can’t figure out why drinking directly from the garden hose didn’t result in my immediate death. Sure, I have a few scars from biking without a helmet… or kneepads… or “proper” footwear, or a bike that cost more that I make in a month today. And God help me… I was a skateboarder too! But, according to all that is holy on the left, we all should have died before we made age 10. Hmmmm.

      We lived on Cheetos, Doritos, stale band candy, and Gummi Bears (the real German Gummi Bears, not the shite they sell these days) Our school lunches consisted of pizza or a cheeseburger… both with fries, and we were just fine. Oh how did we live before the government told us what was good for us?

      Intelligence is knowing that a tomato is a fruit
      Wisdom is knowing that it doesn’t belong in a fruit salad.
      Liberalism is believing that catsup is a vegetable. And we let these people tell us what to do?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Oh, I do love R. Lee

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