It is for millions of school kids who have been forced to choose between eating unappetizing, bland food or going hungry.
Back in the Stone Age when I was a kid they actually had some decent food.
I still like hamburger gravy to this day.
Michelle Obama's lunch program has been widely criticized since the day it got implemented. I for one am glad to see that kids and school systems will have more leeway to make better choices with.
There are a shit ton of kids out there in this country who actually depend on that meal. It's about time someone is at least attempting to make it edible again.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue took steps Monday to roll back healthy school lunch standards promoted by former first lady Michelle Obama in one of his first regulatory acts.
In an interim final rule, aimed at giving schools more flexibility, Perdue and his department are postponing further sodium reductions for at least three years and allowing schools to serve non-whole grain rich products occasionally as well as 1 percent flavored milk.
The rule allows states to exempt schools in the 2017-2018 school year from having to replace all their grains with whole-grain rich products if they are having a hard time meeting the standard.
USDA said it will take “all necessary regulatory actions to implement a long-term solution.”
“This announcement is the result of years of feedback from students, schools, and food service experts about the challenges they are facing in meeting the final regulations for school meals,” Perdue said in a statement.
“If kids aren't eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren't getting any nutrition – thus undermining the intent of the program.”