Trump administration’s school lunch policy criticized by Michelle Obama

President Donald Trump’s administration’s verdict to scale back school meal nutritional requirements is slammed by the former US First Lady Michelle Obama.

On Friday night at the annual summit of the Partnership for a Healthier America, a non-profit that works with the private and public sectors to fight childhood obesity, Michelle said, “You have to stop and think…why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you, and why is that a partisan issue?”

“Why would that be political?” she said further.

Last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed an announcement that relaxes standards for the upcoming school year in three key areas: whole grains, salt and milk. Under the announcement, states will be able to grant exemptions to schools experiencing hardship in meeting the 100 per cent whole-grain-rich standard.

This change in the policy unties the standards of the school meals and thus Obama stressed that it was significant to make sure parents think about the importance of healthy school lunches.

“Moms, think about this,” she said. “I don’t care what state you live in. Take me out of the equation; like me, don’t like me, but think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap.”

Michelle Obama declared she will continue to struggle for the cause.

“My commitment to these issues is real,” she said, adding “I picked this issue because there was deep passion for it as a mother. … I’m going to continue working on this.”


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