obamalunchWhite House’s health food mandate is starving budgets, and kids

Barack Obama’s dictate that America’s schools serve only trendy health foods is driving schools into financial starvation.

“Changes to the school lunch program mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) are leaving school lunch programs across the country hungry for money,” AgriPulse reports.

“According to a survey released Tuesday by the School Nutrition Association, being in accordance with the new mandates such as increased fruits and vegetables, lower sodium levels, and whole grain-rich grains has financially harmed almost 70 percent of school districts surveyed. Less than 3 percent of schools report feeling a financial benefit,” AgriPulse reports.

Not letting a manufactured crisis go to waste, schools are using the Obamalunch mandates to agitate for more government funding.

Jean Ronnei, SNA president, said in a statement that to keep school nutrition programs “financially sustainable for the children they serve,” Congress needs to “provide more funding and reasonable flexibility under the most stringent rules.”

AgriPulse reports that SNA “wants Congress to increase federal reimbursement for school meals an extra 35 cents – the current national reimbursement average is just over $3 – and ‘provide flexibility on a few of the new rules.’ The HHFKA, which also covers other nutrition programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), is due for reauthorization by the end of September, giving Congress one month to address the issue once members return from August recess.”

Not only are Obama’s health food mandates bankrupting schools, and potentially taxpayers, kids are starving as they toss the fancy food in the trash.

Taxpayers could end up paying millions more for food kids won’t eat.

“Researchers from the University of Vermont used digital photography to capture images of students’ lunch trays after they selected their food, as they were leaving the lunch line, and again at the end of their lunch as they passed the food disposal area,” CBS News reports.

“They found that while children placed more fruits and vegetables on their trays – as required by the USDA mandates put in place in 2012 – they consumed fewer of them. The amount of food wasted increased by 56 percent, the researchers found,” CBS News reports.

It turns out the only thing Obamalunches are feeding is landfills.

“We saw this as a great opportunity to access the policy change and ask a really important question, which was, ‘Does requiring a child to select a fruit or vegetable under the updated national school lunch program guidelines that came into effect in 2012 correspond with increased fruit and vegetable consumption?'” lead study author Sarah Amin told CBS News. “The answer was clearly no.”