Ag Sec. to Meet With School Nutritionists To ‘Improve Menus,' Make Lunch 'Great Again'

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Ag Sec. to Meet With School Nutritionists To ‘Improve Menus,' Make Lunch 'Great Again'

Post by Riddick » 07-07-2017 12:29 AM

In response to dwindling participation in school lunch programs, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be attending the School Nutrition Association's (SNA) annual meeting next week in Atlanta, Ga., to discuss “improving menus, strengthening school meal programs, and expanding student access to healthy meals.”

“The event will give Secretary Perdue the opportunity to hear first-hand about successes and challenges as schools have worked to improve menus for students while meeting updated nutrition standards for meals and snacks,” said SNA in a press release.

Sec. Perdue has already begun to loosen wildly unpopular restrictions placed on school lunch menus by the Obama Administration spearheaded by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

At the beginning of May, Perdue previewed his plans to reform school nutrition standards. Perdue applauded Michelle Obama’s desire to combat childhood obesity, but cautioned that “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.”

"I wouldn't be as big as I am today without chocolate milk,” he remarked.

The harsh backlash against the former first lady’s infamous school lunch restrictions made national headlines during the Obama administration as school children took to social media to post photos of their tiny, unappetizing school lunches, often with the hashtag “#ThanksMichelleObama.”

“In Georgia, kids resisted the loss of their beloved fried chicken. In New Mexico, whole-wheat tortillas went straight to the trash can. And in Tennessee, after schools replaced familiar flaky white biscuits with a whole-grain variety, one official reported a ‘severe amount of rejection,’” reported The Washington Post in 2014.

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Re: Ag Sec. to Meet With School Nutritionists To ‘Improve Menus,' Make Lunch 'Great Again'

Post by Doka » 07-07-2017 08:35 AM

People with any "Wisdom" at all know all about the brick wall you hit, when trying to get a child to eat something that they don't want. One of those things , that income level doesn't appear to be that meaningful. :confused:
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Post by Riddick » 07-07-2017 04:14 PM

Doka wrote:People with any "Wisdom" at all know all about the brick wall you hit, when trying to get a child to eat something that they don't want. One of those things , that income level doesn't appear to be that meaningful. :confused:
For sure telling kids something's oh so nutritious isn't gonna get the job done if what's on the menu isn't oh so delicious -

It's like pine trees: Ok, so many parts ARE edible! But if it's the natural thing to do, then how izzit famous fiber fanatic Euell Gibbons didn't even reach retirement age??

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Schools Spice Up Student Lunches with Restaurant-Quality International Dishes Designed to Boost Enrollment

Post by Riddick » 07-18-2017 12:49 AM

On Wednesday, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue attended the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) annual conference in Atlanta, promising to enable nutrition professionals to prepare meals for students that are more culturally-diverse, appealing and nutritious.

In an effort to combat students’ rebellion against the skimpy, tasteless lunches schools mandated by the Obama administration – which resulted in declining enrollment, wasted food, and tighter budgets – schools are now offering a wide range of more flavorful, international, restaurant-quality dishes.

Nutritionists and parents like those who attended the conference in Atlanta have become increasingly concerned about school nutrition after participation in school lunch programs has consistently dropped in recent years.

Sec. Perdue has already rolled back some of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s restrictions and standards. Harsh backlash against the former first lady’s infamous school lunch restrictions made national headlines during the Obama administration as school children took to social media to post photos of their tiny, unappetizing school lunches, often with the hashtag “#ThanksMichelleObama.”

While at the conference, attended by over 7,000 people, the secretary met with school nutritionists from around the country. SNA’s new president, Dr. Lynn Harvey, agreed with Sec. Perdue’s assessment of the current situation and vision for the future.

“School nutrition professionals work every day to make school meals more nutritious and delicious for our students,” said Dr. Harvey. “We are honored that Secretary Perdue recognizes these ongoing efforts and the importance of school meal programs. We look forward to working with USDA to identify ways to build on this success in school dining areas.” FULL STORY

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