WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Congress readies to reauthorize Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act this year, students and parents continue to post photographic evidence of the program’s shortcomings.
The School Nutrition Association is weighing in, too.
” … Some of USDA’s regulations under the law have unnecessarily increased costs and waste for school meal programs and caused many students to swap healthy school meals for junk food fare,” says SNA CEO Patricia Montague in a news release.
The group points out 1.4 million fewer children are eating school lunches since the rules championed by First Lady Michelle Obama were implemented.
That can easily be explained by some of the skimpy, moldy, mysterious and downright disgusting lunches being served to students.
Take a look at some of the photos students have posted to Twitter in just the last few days:
— Cole Sahr (@kingdom45312) February 6, 2015
— Mariah Dilbeck (@clairvoyantttt) February 5, 2015
— ella (@ellagrayyheyy) February 4, 2015
— Katie Caldwell (@kvcaldwell) February 4, 2015
— Faiza (@faizaaaa_) February 4, 2015
— A.C. (@aclincoln37) January 29, 2015
Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama is urging parents to do more.
“I want you to really dive into this issue in your schools, your organizations, community, your company, your family, wherever you are a leader and decision-maker. Dive in. If Robert Wood Johnson can invest half a billion dollars … surely we can push the envelope and aim just a little higher in our own efforts,” Obama said at a speech announcing the foundation’s contribution to “healthy” food initiatives, according to Newsday.
“We’ve seen the progress we can make,” the first lady said, “when we educate parents and we help them make healthier decisions.”