MILLINOCKET, Maine, June 1, 2014 – The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was intended to alter the school lunch program and turn it into a “healthier” program, ostensibly to combat childhood obesity. The spuds war between FLOTUS and potatoes began in 2010 as Obama fought to remove that she deemed “unhealthy” for kids to eat.
There was a problem; the kids hated it and found their own alternatives to the new program. After a few years of declining participation, many school systems began trying to opt out of it even as WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) programs stopped allowing most potato purchases. Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items. As are energy drinks, as long as they have a food nutrition label on then.
Last Thursday, in an op-ed published in The New York Times Michelle Obama stated:
“The problem is that many women and children already consume enough potatoes and not enough of the nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables they need. That’s why the Institute of Medicine — the nonpartisan, scientific body that advises on the standards for WIC — has said that potatoes should not be part of the WIC program.”
Did you notice the line “…many women and children already consume enough potatoes…” in her statement? Don’t you just love it when the privileged, faux royalty condescend to tell us what our plebian limits are?
She further continued, “…some members of the House of Representatives are now threatening to roll back these new standards and lower the quality of food our kids get in school. They want to make it optional, not mandatory, for schools to serve fruits and vegetables to our kids.”
Take note of the word “mandatory” here. God forbid that kids have a choice. We can’t have them thinking for themselves now, can we?
Michelle was referring to the House Appropriations Committee approving the fiscal year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Parts of this bill will relax some restrictions on school lunch programs and the WIC program. After tepid debate, it passed by a vote of 31-18, on the same day Mrs. Obama’s op-ed appeared.
So Michelle lost a battle, but most likely it’s not the end of the war on potatoes. I wonder if potato farmers will lob Spud missiles at the White House?
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