SungminAn, News Editor and Chief Website Editor
Samuel (Sammy) Kim (SR) is excited to start his senior year. But unlike his previous years, he is taking two online classes in the afternoon so that he can leave school early to eat at home. “I just can’t stand school food. It used to be really bad, but after the new rule about serving only healthier foods in smaller serving sizes, I just couldn’t stand it anymore,” Sammy said.
According to the new school lunch plan, which was actually passed in 2010 with bipartisan support in Congress and is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutritional Services, schools must limit the calories in their school lunch from 750 to 850 calories; saturated fat to less than 10 percent of calories; and sodium to less than 1,420 mg. This means smaller serving portions and the end of a la carte lines.
Bloomberg Newsweek claims that the sales of school lunch across the country have been declining. Consequently, many schools have decided to opt out of the National School Lunch Program, which funds public schools for following its guidelines.
Although the First Lady has been getting a bad rap right now from schoolchildren for her school lunch program, only time will tell whether her endeavor to improve the health of the young people in this country is successful. But until then, we must eat up our complaints and wait patiently.
(cover photo courtesy Eagnews.org)