As part of her campaign to help fight childhood obesity, Michelle Obama introduced the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act during the 2012-2013 school-year. Under this program, school lunches became healthier by replacing high sodium and otherwise unhealthy foods with fruits and other options.
Many students wondered what happened to their favorite snacks and GOP lawmakers were infuriated at what they considered government over-involvement. With a new administration in the White House, they’re looking to force Obama’s system out and re-establish the old guard.
According to Newsweek, the School Nutrition Association, a lobbying group, is asking the Department of Agriculture to loosen up the restrictions on school lunches as the changes have lead to increased production prices and decreased participation from students.
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CNN reports that it was found that lunches in a Washington state school district became much healthier over time and participation didn’t change. Regardless of this, Republicans are still adamant about strike down anything that has to do with the Obama administration.
“The federal government involving itself in what is served in school lunches is the epitome of government overreach,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina told the Washington Examiner on Monday. “Districts that have chosen to opt out have been able to provide more options to students and better-quality services.”
Is this another example of Republicans acting on a personal vendetta against the Obama administration? Or are they genuinely concerned about the future of the youth?
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