The Lansing State Journal reports that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing new regulations to overhaul the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACF). Since 1968, CACF has endeavored to fulfill its purpose, namely, to ensure that young people eat healthier and don’t become obese. Today, the $3B/year CACF program feeds 3.8M young children.
However, with 12.5% of the nation’s 12.1M low-income preschoolers being obese and in light of CACF’s stunning success in getting school-age to eat healthier and end obesity, USDA is seeking to expand CACF to daycare providers, emergency shelters, and after-school programs as well as 120k elderly or disabled adults.
Now, here’s what that really means:
- even more vegetables and less sugar;
- grain-based desserts—cookies and cakes—are no longer reimbursable;
- children <1 year of age won’t be offered juice; and,
- food deep-fried on site is not reimbursable, although prepackaged fried foods—like chicken nuggets—can still be served, but can only be offered infrequently.
School-age children of affluent parents will also be impacted by these new regulations if their states (there are 30) require day care centers to use CACF’s nutrition guidelines to be licensed.
Federally-mandated changes to school lunches backed by
first lady Michelle Obama helped cause an unprecedented
drop in the number of students eating lunch, according to a
new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The GAO cited two factors stemming from the Healthy,
Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which caused a decrease in
the number of children eating school lunch each day: school
childrens’ issues with “palatability” and “federally-mandated”
increases in the price of school lunches.
“Several factors likely influenced the recent decreases in
lunch participation, and while the extent to which each factor
affected participation is unclear, state and local officials
reported that the decreases were influenced by changes
made to comply with the new lunch content and nutrition
standards,” the report says.
That report contrasts with one mother’s opinion, that of Christy Brit, whose 15-month-old daughter attends daycare. Brit loves CACF. She said:
It put my mind at ease. So, if we are running around at night
having to feed her something not as nutritious, then I know she
received something nutritious while she was at day care.
Another government boondoggle. More taxpayer money spent and going down the drain. More regulations issued. More obese kids who, teachers complain, can’t fit on swings. The food us being tossed into the garbage.
Only in Washington, DC, those outcomes define as “success.” Why? “We care and are doing something about it.”
Let the discussion begin...
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