The School Nutrition Association (SNA) which represents 54,000 school cafeteria professionals see the Trump Presidency as an opportunity to roll back some of the overreaches of the Obama years.
Federal meddling in the form of S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, has been more like the healthy food goes in the trashcan and kids are still hungry Act.
So we are clear the SNA opposes too much local control. They oppose block grants and are fans of the farm bill subsidies the FDA gets and gives for student lunch programs. But they are not blinded by the progressive “science” of social engineering when it comes to feeding kids. The problems of federal overreach are apparent, even to them.
For example, the rules for sodium in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act get so strict that they will take healthy food off an already crippled menu that most kids are avoiding.
Naturally occurring sodium present in meat, milk and other low-fat dairy foods will force schools to take nutritious choices off the menu, including many soups, entrée salads and lowfat deli sandwiches.
And the whole grain bread requirements make no sense at all.
New Hampshire Senators’ Judd Gregg and Jeanne Shaheen voted for the bill before the 2010 elections. Ousted House members Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter voted for it on their way out the door after the Tea Party Revolution took Democrat control from the US House and handed it to Republicans. Mr. Obama signed it promptly, and Michelle Obama became the self-proclaimed school lunch tsar.
The rest is history. And with any luck, the Trump Administration and Congress will make the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act history and rein in the FDA.
States and local officials are more than capable of managing these details including menus, controlling costs, and free lunches for those who need them. Just ask them. They’ll be happy to make all the decisions. That’s why they’re there.