Trump looking at changing school menus to allow more potatoes and pizza, fewer vegetables and fruits
One of former First Lady Michelle Obama's key initiatives is being threatened by a new proposed change by President Trump and his administration.
On Friday, it was announced that Trump is proposing to change school lunch menus around the country, allowing for more potatoes and pizza and less vegetables and fruits.
Critics of the changes told the Washington Post that this would make eating at schools less healthy and only serve industry interests. Backers say it will give the school more flexibility about what they can and can't serve.
This is still a breaking story and not much is known yet about all the changes but here's what we know already: this isn't Trump's first attack on school lunches.
Back in October 2018, Snopes fact-checked false rumors of Trump canceling Michelle Obama's school lunch program. NOTE: They made need to update that article pretty soon if these changes go into effect nearly two years later! What the Trump administration did, though, is relax some of the nutritional guidelines required of schools from the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act." Trump did this in May 2017, shortly after becoming president.
Some of those changes meant more salt in meals while also being able to serve kids fewer whole grains.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said at the time:
“If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition — thus undermining the intent of the program.”
This time around, it appears Trump is trying to take more drastic measures to gut the bill Michelle Obama championed. We will update the story with more specifics as they become available.