Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

August 27, 2013 by Carolyn Thompson

After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program. They say so many students refused the meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that their cafeterias were losing money.

Federal officials say they don't have exact numbers but have seen isolated reports of schools cutting ties.

Dr. Janey Thornton is deputy undersecretary for USDA's Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, which oversees the program. She says she is still optimistic about its long-term prospects as students get used to smaller portions and unfamiliar foods.

Districts with high numbers of students who get free and discounted lunches can't afford to quit because they would lose the program's cash reimbursements.

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1 / 5 (8) Aug 27, 2013
Another Obama failure.......
1 / 5 (4) Aug 27, 2013
"They say so many students refused the meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that their cafeterias were losing money."

Sounds like a failure of the profit motive to me.
1 / 5 (7) Aug 28, 2013
Typical Government. One type of lunch is best for all.
It is far better for a parent to pack a lunch for their kids unique needs and requirements.

You have kids allergic to nuts, milk, wheat, eggs. One kids who does elite sports needs whole milk and lots of butter, another kid who only plays computer games needs low calorie diet.

This Government must feed everyone because we can't let one child get the wrong food, leads to most children not getting the right food.

Governments/Progressives favorite saying..... If we can save just one child from "x" it's worth sacrificing many
1 / 5 (4) Aug 28, 2013
No one was forced to participate, hence them dropping out of the program, stupid.

"If we can save just one child from "x" it's worth sacrificing many"

No, no one has ever said that.
1 / 5 (7) Aug 28, 2013
JG, just look at all the Progressive Rhetoric, here is some recent examples, but this argument has been used for a very long time for many subjects. The policies Progressives generally want to put in place policies to save/feed/help/protect 1. But Progressive policies wind up making things worse, hurting more.


BTW GJ, I was being satirical...... progressives never finish the sentence they will sacrifice many others, but the policies they propose basically do the same.

1 / 5 (5) Aug 29, 2013
Maybe the kids know that only idiots think whole wheat is good for you.
not rated yet Sep 02, 2013
"Maybe the kids know that only idiots think whole wheat is good for you."

Explain please.

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