CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama administration rule that was designed to make school lunches healthier. The original program required more fruits, veggies, and whole grains, but the new guidelines are more lenient.
Under the Trump plan, the government will not cut sodium levels any further. It will also keep the current whole grain requirements and not demand that all pastas and breads go whole grain. Schools will also be allowed to offer 1% chocolate milk.
The Director of Food Services in Chicopee, Joanne Lennon, told 22News she believes this will give the school a little more flexibility, but will not change how nutritious their meals are. She said they’re “still going to serve nutrient dense foods, a lot of fruits and vegetables, still going to do my whole grains. I think it’s going to give school systems some flexibility to serve maybe white rice once and awhile when they’re doing an Asian bowl, which seems to be more appropriate when you’re serving that food.”
These new rules take effect in the fall. The Trump administration insisted that local school districts should make decisions about what to feed their kids.