Thursday, June 18, 2015

Good Intentions Do Not Guarantee Success: Michelle Obama's Well-Intentioned Healthy School Lunch Mandate Increased School Day Hunger And Unhealthy Eating

From The Wall Street Journal, "The School Lunch Program With an Unappetizing Report Card: The first lady’s project is plagued by complaints of inedible meals, wasted food and misspent funds." by Julie Kelly and Jeff Stier:
Nearly five years after passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, mounting evidence suggests that the law may not be achieving either end. The well-intentioned signature policy of first lady Michelle Obama is an attempt to stem childhood obesity and hunger by providing healthier school meals. But as Congress prepares to reauthorize the program, which expires in September, lawmakers are sharpening their knives to address complaints of inedible meals, food waste and misspent funds.
Even though lunches are “free,” they are so unappetizing thanks to new nutrition standards that much food is thrown away. “It is horrible,” one inner-city principal, responsible for 1,200 students and 10,000 meals a week, told us. “It is just heartbreaking how much food is thrown away.”

So the students go hungry most of the day, until after school when enterprising vendors sell items like pork rinds, hot chips, or fresh corn mixed with cheese and mayonnaise from food carts outside of the school. Students don’t eat the free, healthy meals at school, remain hungry during the day, then flock to purchase the unhealthy foods the school lunches aim to replace. [Emphasis added.]

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