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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Children say no to federalized cafeterias

A group of school cafeteria bureaucrats -- the School Nutrition Association -- lobbied heavily for the further federalization of lunch programs. Having succeeded in grabbing billions for school lunches and school breakfasts, they sought even more money -- all in the name of healthier children.

Students rebelled. In 2010 and 2011, the feds say, 31.8 million students ate school lunches.

That's down to 30.4 million -- and it is hitting the wallets of the fatcats at the School Nutrition Association.

From CNS:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents 55,000 school nutritionists nationwide, is pointing to data published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to draw awareness to the fact that “after 30 years of steady growth in the National School Lunch Program, student participation is abruptly down in 49 states."
The nutritionists attribute the drop to new nutrition standards that were instituted by USDA in 2012.
Total national participation in the School Lunch Program peaked in 2010 and 2011 at 31.8 million, according to USDA. In 2012, it was 31.7 million. But in 2013, it dropped by 1 million participants, to 30.7 million. In 2014, it declined again to 30.4 million.
Since its peak of 31.8 million in 2011, school lunch participation has dropped by 1.4 million, according to the USDA.
“More than one million fewer students choose school lunch each day, thwarting the goal of promoting healthier diets for all students,” the SNA stated, adding that “school lunch revenue is down and food waste is up.”
The group is asking Congress to “provide reasonable flexibility to help schools plan healthy meals that students will eat.”
They can get all the flexibility they want by opting out of the program. But they are greedy little bastards. Not the $15-an-hour cafeteria ladies, but the $150,000-a-year "nutritionissts.