Michelle Obama Is Not Feeling President Trump’s School Lunch Policy
During her eight years as First Lady, Michelle Obama was an advocate for kids eating healthy. This was shown through her White House garden and her Let’s Move! public health campaign aimed at ending childhood obesity.
Last week, the former First Lady spoke at the annual summit Partnership for a Healthier America, a nonprofit working with the private and public sectors to end childhood obesity. While there, she shared he thoughts on President Trump’s administration deciding to scale back school meal nutritional requirements.
“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?” said Obama. “Why would that be political?”
Last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation relaxing standards for the upcoming school year in three key areas such as whole grains, salt and milk. With this proclamation, states can grant exemptions to schools experiencing hardship in meeting the 100% whole grain rich standard. Schools will not have to hit the strictest target for lowering sodium in foods offered to students. Meal programs can give students 1% flavored milk and not fat-free flavored milk.
Obama went on to say, “Moms, think about this. 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.”
Even though she’s out of the White House, Obama still plans to fight for the issues she believes in.
“My commitment to these issues is real. I picked this issue because there was deep passion for it as a mother. … I’m going to continue working on this.”