SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The Trump administration is proposing to change school lunch requirements.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says these new guidelines would give schools more flexibility for fruit and vegetable options, but national child nutrition advocates say it will result in unhealthier meals served in school.
The proposal “allows more flexibility,” but that flexibility could result in unhealthy choices, like French fries. The Trump administration says that with these other options it will help reduce food waste from the parts of the meals kids did not want to eat.
This proposal reverses some initiatives from Michelle Obama’s program to combat childhood obesity. Below is the 2019 requirements for Kindergarten through 12th grade lunches.
Joni Davis is the Sioux Falls School District Child Nutrition Services Supervisor. She says the district is always regulating the food choices they serve.
“Review and see and tweak and try to come up with those most efficient, effective and enjoyable items and ways that we can do things,” Davis said.
Healthy food options may be a top priority for the district, but they put one thing above all else. The students.
“Here in the Sioux Falls district as well as across the state we’re always concerned about the health status of our meals, but also healthy happy customers. So, we’re always trying to look at and listen. What are the kinds of things they will enjoy? And what can we can serve that will meet the current regulations or any proposals that may be coming forth,” Davis said.
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