Nation’s lunch ladies call on Trump to fix Michelle O’s school food rules

By Victor Skinner on Monday, March 13th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new position paper from the School Nutrition Association – which represents about 57,000 school food service directors – is calling for changes to “overly prescriptive regulations” imposed on schools by former first lady Michelle Obama. The SNA contends “overly prescriptive regulations have resulted in unintended consequences, including reduced student lunch participation, […]


Dallas schools to serve meals — during Spring Break

By Victor Skinner on Friday, March 10th, 2017 in Uncategorized 7 Comments

DALLAS – Just because next week is Spring Break doesn’t mean Dallas students will go without their free breakfast and lunch. District officials announced this week that the government breakfast and lunch programs will proceed on schedule through Spring Break, with more than two dozen schools opening up cafeterias from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. […]


STUDY: Michelle O school lunch rules don’t decrease obesity rates

By Victor Skinner on Monday, March 6th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new study shows Michelle Obama’s efforts to fight childhood obesity through federal school food regulations isn’t working out so well. A working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research published this month titled “School Lunch Quality and Academic Performance” took a look at how the National School Lunch Program impacted […]


School files complaint with USDA after ‘maggot infested’ strawberries in Michelle O lunches

By Victor Skinner on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

CYPRESS, Texas – Officials at the Cy-Fair Independent School District are filing a complaint with U.S. Department of Agriculture after students exposed a serious problem with their government lunches: maggots in the strawberries. Students at Cypress Springs High School posted videos to Twitter on Tuesday that forced the district to take action against the USDA-certified […]


NM school drops Michelle O lunch rules: ‘We have listened to the community’

By Victor Skinner on Monday, February 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Los Alamos Public Schools is dropping the National School Lunch Program at five elementary schools to serve students larger portions and to make cafeterias more efficient. The school board voted in mid-February to remove the district’s five elementary schools from the program for next school year, a move brought on by […]


Philly students slam Michelle O lunches on school blog: ‘Doesn’t taste real’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Public Schools recently interviewed students on their thoughts about school lunch, and the brutally honest responses aren’t very surprising. “The cheese is fake. The pepperoni is fake. It’s just bad!” Geliz Torres, a seventh-grader at Amy Northwest Middle School, told The Notebook, the district’s blog. “It’s not enough most of the time,” […]


Students, staff celebrate after school drops Michelle O lunch rules

By Victor Skinner on Monday, February 20th, 2017 in Uncategorized 631 Comments

HARRISON CITY, Pa. – Lunch is a drastically different experience now that Penn-Trafford High School is no longer bound by federal food regulations. District officials removed the high school from the National School Lunch Program after years of struggling to comply with federal regulations that drove down student lunch participation and cafeteria revenues, the Tribune-Review […]


NC school district latest to offer ‘free’ breakfast, lunch, dinner to all students

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 in Uncategorized 3 Comments

THOMASVILLE, N.C. – Students in Thomasville City Schools now have access to government provided breakfast, lunch and dinner. District nutrition director Brenda Watford told WGHP Thomasville schools teamed with the Thomasville Housing Authority and Thomasville Church Homes to offer free dinner for the first time this week, adding free breakfast and lunch served at schools. […]


NY school district mulls ban on Goldfish crackers, Oreos, Rice Krispie treats

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – A New York school district is mulling a ban on snacks like Oreos, Goldfish crackers, and Fruit Gushers at lunch in favor of “real food” alternatives favored by a school nutrition committee. “They will eat what you give them,” parent Aline Stabler, member of Niskayuna school district nutrition committee, told board members […]


Michelle O defends school lunch rules on ‘Tonight Show’ amid growing appetite to repeal

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

NEW YORK – Michelle Obama defended school food restrictions she helped usher in as first lady during a Wednesday appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and took aim at those who would like to roll them back. School officials, parents, students, nutritionists and others across the country have continuously criticized tighten nutritional standards […]


NM school drops Michelle O lunch rules as program future in doubt

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 in Uncategorized 694 Comments

SANTA FE, N.M. – A small New Mexico charter school is dropping out of the National School Lunch Program because officials contend government subsidies that come with participation aren’t enough to cover expenses. Monte del Sol Head Learner Robert Jessen told the Santa Fe New Mexican the school recently notified parents it can no longer […]


Yonkers students rack up $809,000 in unpaid lunch tabs in single school year

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized 3 Comments

YONKERS, N.Y. – Patricia Meyer, food services director for Yonkers schools, describes the district’s problem with unpaid student lunch tabs as “a runaway train.” Yonkers students racked up $809,000 in unpaid meals last school year, and this year’s debt is 22 percent higher, she told The Journal News. “I liken it to a runaway train,” […]


House Freedom Caucus eyes repeal of Michelle O school lunch rules

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized 3 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The conservative House Freedom Caucus wants Donald Trump to “rethink” restrictions imposed on food served in public schools within the first 100 days from taking office. The caucus posted a list of hundreds of regulations and rules the president-elect should consider eliminating or modifying after he’s sworn in as the president of […]


Will Trump throw out Michelle O’s lunch rules?

By Victor Skinner on Friday, November 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Trump administration focused on cutting unnecessary regulations is expected to ignite fresh debate about Michelle Obama’s healthy school food restrictions, and could give new momentum to Republican efforts to roll them back. Students and schools across the country have struggled to comply with tightened restrictions on calories, fat, sugar, sodium, and […]