Some states are having trouble rolling out federally mandated healthy school lunches. They say their students just aren’t swallowing the changes.
According to the Associated Press, one of the new regulations in making school lunches healthier is that pastas and other grains be comprised of 50% whole grain ingredients. For at at least one school in particular, that’s a problem.
Director of Nutrition Services Becky Domokos-Bays of Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia, says she has served whole grain pasta to students at Franklin Elementary at least 20 times over the last few months, and they always reject it.
The new regulations — which were championed by First Lady Michelle Obama — are being introduced over a two-year period. They include additions like more fruit and vegetable offerings, and healthier snack options, as well as reducing sodium.
Although most nutritionists and school officials agree that school lunches need reforming, many have complained that the new rules are difficult to manage, expensive to act on, and are coming on board way too soon.
According to Domokos-Bays, “The regulations are so prescriptive, so it's difficult to manage not only the nutrition side of your businesses but the business side of your business."
Some school officials are even saying that regionality should also be taken into account. Students in the south are use to biscuits and grits, and according to Lyman Graham, whole wheat tortillas have not gone over well at his school district in Roswell, New Mexico. Politicians are also getting involved and calling for a “pause” in the regulations.
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Source: Associated Press via MSN