Have healthy school meals gone hog wild?

Monday, July 7, 2014
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

First Lady Michelle Obama's unpopular school lunch program has finally found a place where it's popular: Pigs are making pigs of themselves on the wasted food. 

Much of the food from the federal school lunch menu winds up in lunchroom garbage cans. So two Rhode Island schools decided rather than being a complete waste, they're donating the scraps to nearby pig farms. Despite how it appears, Kyle Olson of Education Action Group says the overall issue is not a laughing matter.

"Taxpayers now are funding food for pigs," Olson points out. "This is the crazy sort of things going in schools around the country."

Olson, KyleOn its website, EAG describes how the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 placed strict limits on the amount of sugar, sodium, calories and fat that go into public school lunches.

Four years later, school districts North Smithfield and Burrillvill are sending their food scraps to the My Blue Heaven Farm.

Olson says an increasing number of public schools across the nation are dropping the federal food program out of frustration, and EAG is writing more and more stories about their reasons for doing so. 

"Salads are apparently too fatty because of the dressing," Olson says of a recent story. "So now even the dressing is under attack."

Despite the increasing unpopularity of the program, Olson says the First Lady and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are doubling down, insisting that the lunch agenda is working.

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