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Just the Facts: State vs. Federal School Nutrition Programs

In the past 24 hours, we’ve seen a lot of chatter online regarding a story from North Carolina in which a pre-school student’s lunch was deemed “unhealthy.”  We’d like to set the record straight.

As established by law, USDA promotes healthier lifestyles for our nation’s 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.

4 Responses to “Just the Facts: State vs. Federal School Nutrition Programs”

  1. Don McReynolds says:

    Your statement is a lie, it was a federal worker who deemed the lunch unhealthy, conviscated the lunch and made the student to eat the school lunch. This about forcing all to eat what YOU feel is healthy. This is an example of a commie state.

  2. Lacey says:

    I don’t see how USDA is contributing to the conversation with sort of response. Maybe USDA could recommit itself to providing states with training and technical assistance on how to identify healthy foods and appropriately supplement meals with healthy options.

  3. hinckleybuzzard says:

    Nice try but the fact is, your “science-based” lunches end up in the trash, uneaten by the millions of tons. You’re wasting hard earned tax dollars on a phoney false-front “program,” accomplishing nothing except inspiring contempt for the gubmint.

  4. Dr Scott Sweeney says:

    Ms Rowe,

    In North Carolina, The Child Care Commission, A 17 member appointrd panel, is charged wth rule making regarding the USDA nutrition atandards in Pre-K programs. At their meeting in September 2011 the Commission, against the advice of an attorney from the State Departmenrt of Justice, elected to remove language to allow for “parent preference” in what their children will eat in school.

    What the USDA’s well intentioned guidelines have wrought here
    in North Carolina are more government intrusions into people’s lives. Bigger government always does.

    Scott Sweeney D.O.
    Charlotte, NC

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