School might be out for summer, but the debate over the future of healthy school lunches continues to heat up.
As part of her anti-childhood obesity campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama lobbied four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires more fruit, vegetables and whole grains in school meals. Along with other restrictions on sodium, sugar and fat content, this was the first update to school lunch rules in decades.
The School Nutrition Association, which originally supported the 2010 Act, has now turned against the standards as many districts are losing money because students are not buying the healthier lunches.
A House bill to fund the Agriculture Department next year would give districts a chance to apply to skip the requirements for one year, reports WTOP.
Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama, the Republican author of that measure, said the lunch rules go too far and came too fast for school districts to handle.
The first lady and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose department runs the school meals program, oppose changing the law.