Skip to comments.Just the Facts: State (nugget pushers) vs. Federal (science-based) School Nutrition Programs
Posted on 02/19/2012 1:41:39 PM PST by Libloather
Just the Facts: State vs. Federal School Nutrition Programs
Posted by Courtney Rowe, Press Secretary, USDA, on
February 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM
In the past 24 hours, weve seen a lot of chatter online regarding a story from North Carolina in which a pre-school students lunch was deemed unhealthy. Wed like to set the record straight.
As established by law, USDA promotes healthier lifestyles for our nations school children through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Department sets science-based nutritional standards for and oversees State administration of schools that choose to participate in these national programs. In exchange for meeting those standards, USDA provides reimbursement and other resources to schools so that children get the nutrition they need to learn, thrive and grow.
USDA does not, however, regulate sack lunches or any other food children bring from home to eat at school. That is a responsibility for parents, not the federal government. The incident in North Carolina involved local education officials and a State-run nutrition program, and USDA had no involvement.
Meanwhile, an illusive anonymous NC nutrition spy, we will call her Agent 99, reports to headquarters (using her Maxwell Smart phone shoes) of food crimes detrimental to a child and utterly defiant of Big Brother. “NO WHITE MILK!” she screams. The Chief, after putting Planned Parenthood on hold, dictates his “government knows best” response on how to save a child’s life with state issued broccoli.
On another note, where do they get off forcing milk on anyone? I hate milk. I get my calcium and dairy requirement elsewhere. There is something about milk that makes me gag, and I've felt this way my whole life. I would have been beside myself as a child had a teacher tried to force me to drink milk.
I have the answer:
At this point, trust your gut. It’s probably more accurate than anything you might read or hear from the talking heads.