Wiredja Online News Logo

WiredJa Online News

Wiredja Online News Logo

WiredJa Online News

USA | Trump to Rollback Student Meal Plan Initiated by Michelle Obama

Students at Rose Hill Elementary School enjoy their lunch in Commerce City, Colorado May 1, 2012 | Photo: Reuters Students at Rose Hill Elementary School enjoy their lunch in Commerce City, Colorado May 1, 2012 | Photo: Reuters
In a first major act, newly appointed agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue announced Monday a rollback of the healthy meal plan initiated by former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Speaking at a Virginia school, Perdue declared that the administration would "Make School Meals Great Again."

The school lunches have been a controversial subject for a long time. According to NPR, Perdue said the lunch plan initiative has led to children simply not eating the lunches.

The healthier school meal plan has been in place for five years, but many schools have insisted that they have a hard time implementing certain sections of the plan. CBS reported some school nutrition directors have stated that it's hard to find whole grain pastas, biscuits, and tortillas that kids will eat. Many times, kids end up throwing away foods they dislike.

Trump's newly appointed agriculture secretary said the administration would "Make School Meals Great Again."

"This announcement is the result of years of feedback from students, schools, and food service experts about the challenges they are facing in meeting the final regulations for school meals," Perdue said in a statement. "If kids aren't eating the food, and it's ending up in the trash, they aren't getting any nutrition — thus undermining the intent of the program."

The rollback would primarily affect the standards of whole grain requirements, milk, and sodium. For the 2017-2018 school year, the USDA will be able to grant exemptions to states with respect to whole grain standards if they're having trouble meeting the requirements.

Under the rollback, sodium reductions that were put in place by the previous administration will be postponed for at least three years to ensure "schools and the school nutrition industry with the certainty and predictability they need to make appropriate plans for creating foods with the appropriate amount of sodium," NPR reported.

The Trump administration will also loosen the milk requirements under which schools will be able to serve 1 percent flavored milk.

CNN had earlier reported the Trump administration will put an end to Michelle Obama's "Let Girls Learn" program, started in 2015 with the aim of educating young girls in developing countries. The administration later clarified the program will not be axed.

"There have been no changes to the Let Girls Learn program. The Administration supports policies and programs to empower adolescent girls including efforts to educate them through the completion of secondary school. We are committed to empowering women and girls around the world and are continuing to examine the best ways to do so," a State Department official told NPR.

  • Countries: United_States

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.