After a school in Pennsylvania dropped Michelle Obama’s National School Lunch Program, their sales went up and more than made up for the loss in federal reimbursement as more students participated — and also didn’t throw out the crappy food.
Many students criticized the supposedly “healthy” program for being unappealing, according to the Blaze.
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The Washington Free Beacon reported:
Since opting out of the federal program, Penn-Trafford High School in Harrison City has increased lunch options for students and more than made up for lost federal funding, according to TribLive.
Students at the school waited longer in line for fewer meal choices with Obama’s lunch initiative. Program rules required schools to offer healthier food options with less calories and more fruits and vegetables, but students would often throw fruits and vegetables in the garbage.
Brianna Lander, 18, a senior at Penn-Trafford, told TribLive that she has seen a change in students’ lunchroom behavior since the school left the lunch program.
“The trash cans were always full, sometimes overflowing. You don’t see that now. People would go up to the snack line and get random junk food, where now you can get an actual meal and eat it,” she said.
Opting out of Nat'l School Lunch Program working out for Penn-Trafford HS https://t.co/lldGdFyaqD
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The school turned things around when they dumped the former first lady’s program and modeled their lunch program after a food court that has more options and is equipped with things like a deli and panini station.
Students are reportedly enjoying the new program and, according to Lander, they’re “actually leaving full now.”
“You get to choose what you want instead of being sort of funneled in and only having one choice,” junior Chase Zavarella, 17, said of the new program. “I think everyone is happier with the new selection.”
Lago highlighted the absurdity of the federal lunch program guidelines that make no room, of course, for common sense.
“Kids at that age, they’re a little more informed and better at making smart choices for themselves because we still have a lot of healthy options. But as far as meal guidelines, you can’t say that a 300-pound football player and a 90-pound cheerleader have the same [dietary] needs on a daily basis.”
How shocking, government control over what we eat is a big fat failure! It’s not like common sense could have told anyone that …