- 83.7% saw an increase in plate waste;
- 81.8% had an increase in cost;
- 76.5% saw a decrease in participation by students;
- 75% want increased federal funding to comply with the new meal program standards; and,
- 60.3% want flexibility for school districts to improve nutrition "without harm to instruction, personnel, and other school district operations."
Who's against requiring children eat more nutritionally beneficial meals?
Probably no one. The challenge is how best to do that...just ask any Mom who struggles with this problem.
Except the nation's First Mom. She and her allies comandeered the nation's public school cafeterias with all sorts of regulations that, she and her allies believed, would change students' eating habits of students. That's the "socialist solution" to an ages-old challenge that's expanded due to the availability of more non-nutritious and tasty processed foods.
But, once the federal government takes over, guess what happens? Not only are the meals "costly and tastless," according to the NSBA survey, but students also continue dumping their full lunch trays into the trash cans.
The result is that instead of providing students more nutritious meals, trays of uneaten cafeteria food end up in trash cans, students continue to be hungry and consume other less-nutiritious edibles, and food-service programs are in debt.
The NSBA's solution? Congress needs to pour more federal taxpayers' $$$s into the program to comply with the regulations.
Isn't that typical of big government, socialist programs that are invented so solve problems? People turn to the federal government to resolve a local problem, the unitary, one-size-fits-all solution then fails, and the solution for the solution is to pour more money into the failed program and increase the number of federal regulations.
What's next? Handcuff students to cafeteria chairs and pour lunch down their throats, hold their noses (with those blue, non-toxic, non-latex, government approved gloves, of course), count to twelve, and then, leave them handcuffed to the chair for another ten minutes to make sure that the more nutritious lunch has begun digesting?
Come to think of it, it's sort of like hiring a political hack and bundler tp resolve a medical threat confronting the nation.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the NSBA survey results, click on the following link: