New federal rules for school lunches will take effect this fall. Luckily, for the children, no job is too small for our federal government. And, the rules have teeth…if a school does not meet the standards, it will not be able to take your money to pay for the meals.
Here is what must happen, so parents, please prepare your children.
First, [schools] have to satisfy the federal demands for larger portions of fruits and vegetables as well as more whole-grain foods on lunch trays, all while working within tight budgets.
Second, they have to make sure kids won’t just throw the healthier food away.
The second objective could be a bit of a problem, but, as I do not have children, I’ll let parents decide.
From Hillsborough County, Florida (Tampa) your child will get “mac and cheese made with pureed butternut squash”, along with,
…a spicy black-bean vegetarian wrap and sweet-potato-encrusted fish topped with pineapple salsa.
In Knox County, Tennessee, your child will be able to munch on pizza with a tomato sauce that contains sweet potato puree.
From the above, I assume that, according to the federal government, “puree” anything is good for your child.
And, under the new rules, “students must select at least 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable”. Any guesses as to where most of those 1/2 cups will go?
I am all for serving healthy foods, but the federal government mandating school lunch requirements to schools seems, at least to me, a bit outside the Constitutional responsibilities of the federal government. Somehow, I don’t think that was envisioned by our Founding Fathers, nor was the confiscation of your income needed to pay for it.
But, you tell me. What do you think the chances will be that your child will come home from school raving about his or her lunch of sweet potato encrusted fish topped with pineapple salsa?