Bill would allow some schools to opt out of Michelle Obama’s lunch menu

Michelle Obama Lunch
(eagnews.org)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Numerous problems were created when the USDA created new “healthy” regulations for school lunches that were championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Now, House Republicans are looking to ease the burden of the new regulations:

House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing money.

A GOP spending bill for agriculture and food programs released Monday would allow schools to apply for waivers if they have a net loss on school food programs for a six month period.

Championed by first lady Michelle Obama, the new standards have been phased in over the last two school years, with more changes coming in 2014. The rules set fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits on foods in the lunch line and beyond.

The first lady held a call to rally supporters of the healthier food rules Monday as a House subcommittee is expected to consider the bill on Tuesday.

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