Moms Group Slams Trump Administration Plan to Scale-Back Obama-Era School Lunch Nutritional Requirement
May 3, 2017
“The Trump Administration is effectively selling out our kids to big-monied interests that want to pump our kids full of cheap, processed foods.”
WASHINGTON DC -- Earlier this week, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation that weakens Obama-era healthy school lunch standards. The standards are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and were advocated by Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. For the last five years, schools have worked hard to reduce the calories, fat and sodium in their cafeteria meals, and must increase the amount of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and nonfat milk offerings to students. With great success, over 99 percent of schools are already meeting the standards.
In reaction to Perdue’s announcement, Monifa Bandele, Vice President of MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families, issued the following statement:
“The Trump Administration’s outrageous plan to relax nutritional standards for school meals puts children’s health at risk. American school lunches were on their way to helping us shift away from unprecedented rates of nutrition-related diseases like type 2 diabetes. Now is not the time to fill our kids’ plates with more junk. It’s not just about breakfast or lunch: The Department of Agriculture’s announcement to weaken nutritional standards for kids—standards which improved the nutritional quality of school by 29 percent under the Obama administration and forced food and beverage companies to reformulate their products to be healthier and more nutritious—will have negative consequences for children’s performance in the classroom..
“The meals kids eat in school are critical to their growth and cognitive development, and for many children living in poverty, school meals provide them with the bulk of their daily nutrition.
“By ending Obama-era healthy school lunch standards, the Trump Administration is effectively selling out our kids to big-monied interests that want to pump our kids full of cheap, processed foods.. This is unacceptable and we will fight to defend the rights of children to access healthy, nutritious school meals.
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