The Department of Agriculture with its recently confirmed secretary Sonny Perdue is preparing to announce new measures next week aimed to ease school lunch regulations created during the Obama presidency.
It is not yet clear how the new standards will change school lunches but it will give schools more flexibility in implementing the National School Lunch Program.
Perdue and Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas will make the announcement at the Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia, where they are expected to eat lunch with the students.
Conservative Republicans have long been attempting to dial back strict nutritional standards that were part of former first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to curb childhood obesity in the U.S.
The Daily Caller reports:
Former First Lady Michelle Obama spearheaded reforms to the school lunch program to improve youth nutrition and reduce childhood obesity, but many schools found the restrictions difficult to follow.
“I hope [the school lunch program] does not get touched because that makes sense,” Obama said on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon on Jan. 12, before President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
But schoolchildren do not always like the more nutritious meals, which required more whole grains, vegetables and fruit.
Unhappy students would often tweet using the sarcastic hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama sharing pictures of their lunch.