Skip to comments.Chicago suburb tells feds to keep their money -- and their school lunch regulations
Posted on 05/11/2014 7:28:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
A school district in Chicagos northwest suburbs is quitting the National School Lunch Program over new regulations championed by first lady Michelle Obama. The so-called Smart Snacks in School policy, set to take effect on July 1, is the latest attempt by our Regulator-in-Chief to dictate every aspect of Americans behavior. It dictates strict calorie, sodium, fat, and sugar guidelines for any food sold in schools during the day. That even includes the ubiquitous bake sales and other fundraisers. Instead of forcing the school districts 500 low income kids and others to eat healthier, however, the administration is only creating uncertainty for them.
Arlington Heights Township High School District 214 gave the feds the heave-ho rather than submit, even though it will lose a $900,000 federal subsidy. Board members, however, said that its relatively certain that the new regulations would take a sizeable bite out of other revenue: its $2.2 million that comes from its a la carte menu, which sells things like pizza, fries, and Subway sandwiches; and its $543,000 annual vending machine revenue. School districts cannot forego that kind of revenue, especially these days, without hurting education.
With the federal governments heavy hand off its back, the district is taking a free-market based approach with its own healthy menu that it believes will draw more businesses into the program.
We have a nutritionist who runs our food services, school board president Bill Dussling told the Chicago Tribune. Were not looking at this willy-nilly.
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I am surprised that public schools still have vending machines.
I am surprised this was a bamaland area school district. I would have expected it in Texas...but I note, not many others are willing to let the teat slip from their lips....
Too bad. If enough do so, maybe it will send them a message to back the hell off.
Arlington Heights school board president Bill Dussling audited by the IRS.
Must be doing something right to be running a $2M/ yr food bidness
,,,,, they forgot one ,,,,, Communist Core ,,,,
BRAVO ! Congratulations to those who made this happen. All local and state officials should be doing this kind of thing ... while reminding the bloated federal government that the money they are 'giving' is being stolen from our children and grandchildren.
My school district self-funded its lunch program, without any federal subsidies. It is possible, more districts need to do it.
Well, there's a surprise... Not!
When, if ever, are Republicans going to go flu-court press on the out-of-control IRS? This is an issue that any American, except those Dems who believe in holding power by any means, can get behind. A corrupt and politically motivated IRS is a corrosive cancer on this country.