It's back to school time, and that means those healthful new school lunches, rolled out to great fanfare by the Obama administration last fall ... are being pitched directly into the trash!
Flickr/USDAgov One of the USDA's healthful new school lunches
The waste is leading some school districts to drop out of the well-meaning more healthful National School Lunch Program. The $11-billion federal program reimburses schools for meals served and gives them access to lower-priced foods.
Problem is, cafeterias serving meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables are losing money. Kids are either bringing food from home, buying crap at the liquor store around the corner or even going hungry rather than eat the dreaded "good for you" stuff. Kids also are complaining about the smaller portions of the healthful meals, which have strict aged-based calorie limits.More »