Michelle Obama's School Lunch Rules in GOP Cross Hairs
New bill would let schools opt out of program championed by first lady
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 20, 2014 3:46 PM CDT
This Feb. 27, 2013 file photo shows first lady Michelle Obama and Food Network chef Rachel Ray discussing lunches with students from the Eastside and Northside Elementary Schools in Clinton, Miss.    (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

(Newser) – No Obama program is safe from House Republicans—even when the Obama in question is Michelle. A GOP agriculture and food spending released yesterday contains a provision that would take a bite out of the first lady's stricter school lunch health standards, the AP reports. With many schools complaining about the program, Republicans want to allow them to opt out if they lose money on the healthier lunches over a six-month period.

The idea is getting a big push from the School Nutrition Association, the Washington Post reports, which gets substantial funding from food industry sources. Michelle Obama held a conference call with health activists yesterday urging them to fight back against such pressure, while Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement calling the waivers a "major step backward." The SNA says it's sympathetic to the program's goal, but that it has "increased cost and increased food waste," as kids throw out their veggies.

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NorCalHal
May 23, 2014 8:14 PM CDT
My grand son's school class had a Michelle approved pizza day as a reward for collecting the most money for charity. It was suppose to be Hawaiian, cheese or pepperoni pizza and soda, but in keeping with the First Lady's program they had vegi-pizza, celery sticks and water. I understand there were a LOT of hungry kids and LOTS of pizza and water left to throw away or donate... :) LoL Only kidding, but the kids were saying they sure hoped the school didn't go P.C. on them ! Had the school actually served the M.O. approved diet here would probably have been munity and far less interest in the collection for charity program next year !
HANKHILL
May 21, 2014 11:01 PM CDT
HEY MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSHEEEEEEE WOULD YOU FEED YOUR KIDS THIS "STUFF" I DONT THINK SO!
Steviejeep
May 21, 2014 11:53 AM CDT
Thank you republicans for protecting our right to be fat and stupid.