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  • Record 73.3% of School Lunches Served in FY16 Were Free or Reduced Price

    09/12/2017 8:34:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 12, 2017 | 10:57 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Of the 5,052,222,946 school lunches served in Fiscal Year 2016, 73.3 percent of them — the highest percentage on record — were either free or reduced price meals, according to data posted on September 8, 2017 by the Agriculture Department’s Food and Nutrition Service. Free lunches comprised two-thirds (66.6 percent) of all lunches served in that school year; and reduced-price lunches comprised 6.7 percent. Students paid full price for the remaining 26.7 percent in Fiscal 2016, the latest year for which data is available. (FY 2016 covers the 12-month period beginning in Oct. 2015 and running through Sept. 2016. It...
  • “Nasty and Rotty” The Retro FLOTUS Friday edition

    08/11/2017 5:11:12 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 8-11-17 | MOTUS
    I know it’s FLOTUS Friday…but Deep In the Heart of Texas linked this yesterday: Michelle Obama's 'nasty, rotty' school lunch guru busted for corruption  Michelle Obama praised Binkle for his newly reformed school lunch program, which nominally imposed his rarefied chef tastes of quinoa, pad thai, black bean burgers, and other chi-chi nouvelle cuisine as a substitute for tacos, burgers, and corn dogs favored by children across the vast multi-ethnic school district.  In reality, they were overcharging, overbilling, and under-delivering, with the food turning out to be basically slop.  It probably didn't help that it was public employee unions executing...
  • Man Who Advised Michelle Obama on Inedible School Lunches Arrested For Defrauding Lunch Program

    08/10/2017 3:08:55 AM PDT · by davikkm · 11 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Cristina Laila
    Los Angeles, CA – David Binkle is a chef and one of the architects behind Michelle Obama’s inedible lunches. He was recently arrested for defrauding the school lunch program and is facing up to 13 years in prison if convicted. L.A. Times reports: David Binkle was hailed as a pioneer among school nutrition advocates for accomplishing a near-herculean task – using produce and meats provided by local growers to greatly reduce the number of fatty meals served in the nation’s second-largest school district. The initiatives won the district numerous awards, drew praise from then-First Lady Michelle Obama as she led...
  • Food guru who brought healthier meals to L.A. schools charged with mishandling district funds

    08/09/2017 2:38:38 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08 August 2017 | By James Queally
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  • Official Who Met With Michelle Obama at WH Indicted for Stealing School Lunch Funds

    08/09/2017 12:47:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 8, 2017 | by Elizabeth Harrington
    A Los Angeles food services director who was invited to the White House by former First Lady Michelle Obama to share his tips for getting kids to eat healthy has been indicted for stealing $65,000 in public funds. David Binkle, a chef who served as the director of food services for Los Angeles Unified School District until he was fired in 2015, was charged last week with multiple counts of embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest, forgery, and perjury. In 2014, Binkle traveled to the White House for a nutrition roundtable with Mrs. Obama. Binkle bragged that he...
  • Official Who Met With Michelle Obama at WH Indicted for Stealing School Lunch Funds

    08/08/2017 2:34:01 PM PDT · by ptsal · 56 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 08, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A Los Angeles food services director who was invited to the White House by former First Lady Michelle Obama to share his tips for getting kids to eat healthy has been indicted for stealing $65,000 in public funds.David Binkle, a chef who served as the director of food services for Los Angeles Unified School District until he was fired in 2015, was charged last week with multiple counts of embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest, forgery, and perjury, the L.A. Times reported.In 2014, Binkle traveled to the White House for a nutrition roundtable with Mrs. Obama.
  • Lunch ladies praise Trump roll back of Michelle O food rules: ‘A good thing for schools’

    06/23/2017 10:10:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Education Action Group News ^ | June 21, 2017 | Victor Skinner
    President Trump is making school lunches great again, or at least a lot better than they were during the Obama administration. Food service directors are applauding recent changes to federal school food regulations imposed on schools as part of Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity. […] Regulations imposed through the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act put strict limitations on calories, fat, sugar, salt, and other elements of foods served in public schools that participate in the national school lunch or breakfast programs. …
  • Trump’s FDA just took another swipe at Michelle Obama’s food legacy

    06/13/2017 10:19:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 13, 2017 | By Caitlin Dewey
    After sustained lobbying from the packaged food and beverage industry, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday an indefinite delay in the launch of Nutrition Fact labels that were intended to help Americans eat more healthfully. The labels, championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama, were supposed to add a special line for “added sugars” and emphasize calorie content in large, bold text. They had been scheduled for rollout in July 2018, with a one-year extension for smaller manufacturers. The delay is the latest reversal of the Obama administration’s nutrition reforms under Trump. On April 27, the FDA also delayed...
  • When there's no school lunches, food vans help fill the gap

    06/04/2017 4:50:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | June 4, 2017 | Allison Colburn
    Operation Food Search is launching an expanded summer program this week, providing free meals to children under the age of 18 who would normally eat breakfast and lunch at school. Some of the meals will come from food truck-like vans. Starting Monday and continuing through Aug. 11, program leaders plan to distribute more than 100,000 meals to hungry children in St. Louis and St. Louis County, exceeding last year’s record. The summer program, now in its sixth year, has grown from providing 5,000 meals in 2012, Executive Director Sunny Schaefer said....
  • Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision

    05/12/2017 7:38:58 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 55 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 12, 2017 | Darlene Superville
    Michelle Obama on Friday criticized a Trump administration decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunch healthier, saying kids will end up "eating crap" instead.
  • Michelle Obama on Trump rollback: ‘Think about why someone is okay with your kids eating crap’

    05/12/2017 6:58:57 PM PDT · by blackbetty59 · 94 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2017 | Caitlin Dewey
    A fiery Michelle Obama vigorously defended the healthy eating initiative that was her biggest legacy as First Lady on Friday, telling a public health summit in Washington D.C. that something was “wrong” with an administration that did not want to give consumers nutrition information or teach children to eat healthily. “We gotta make sure we don’t let anybody take us back,” Obama said. “This is where you really have to look at motives, you know. You have to stop and think, why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you?
  • 'What is wrong with you?' Michelle Obama savages Trump's gutting of her legacy

    05/12/2017 1:39:57 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 126 replies
    The Guardian via MSN.com ^ | 5/12/2017 | David Smith
    Michelle Obama has made her strongest political intervention since leaving the White House, stating bluntly at a health conference: “Think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap.” One of the former first lady’s signature legacies was an effort to reduce childhood obesity. Earlier this month, Donald Trump’s administration froze regulations that would cut sodium and increase whole grains served in school meals. -- snip -- The 53-year-old demanded: “And why is that a partisan issue? Why would that be political? What is going on? You know, now that’s up to moms. Moms, think about this. I don’t...
  • Michelle Obama on kids complaining about school meals: 'We are the adults in the room'

    05/12/2017 11:38:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 99 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 12, 2017 | by Kimberly Leonard
    Former first lady Michelle Obama on Friday bashed critics who complain that kids don't like the healthier food served under the school meal changes implemented during the Obama administration. "How about we not let kids completely guide everything?" she said, speaking at the annual summit on childhood obesity for the Partnership for a Healthier America. "How about we stop asking kids how they feel about their food? Kids, my kids included, if they could eat pizza and french fries every day with ice cream on top and a soda, they would think they were happy, until they got sick. "That...
  • No cut in salt, fewer grains: Gov't eases school meal rules

    05/01/2017 5:13:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    MSN AP ^ | May 1, 2017
    LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Schools won't have to cut more salt from meals just yet and some will be able to serve kids fewer whole grains, under changes to federal nutrition standards announced Monday. The move by the Trump administration partially rolls back rules championed by former first lady Michelle Obama as part of her healthy eating initiative. As his first major action in office, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the department will delay an upcoming requirement to lower the amount of sodium in meals while continuing to allow waivers for regulations that all grains on the lunch line must...
  • First on CNN: Trump administration ending Michelle Obama's girls education program

    05/01/2017 1:00:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | May 1, 2017 | By Kevin Liptak
    The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials. The "Let Girls Learn" program, which she and President Barack Obama started in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries, will cease operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN. News of the program's end came the same day President Donald Trump's agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, was visiting an elementary school in suburban Virginia to announce changes to another initiative spotlighted by the former first lady, healthy school lunches. Perdue was set to unveil...
  • Chocolate milk heading back to school, thanks to Trump and Congress

    05/01/2017 1:29:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 1, 2017 | BY LINDSAY WISE
    Chocolate milk is coming back on the school lunch menu. So is white bread and saltier food. Several paragraphs tucked into in a massive 1,665-page government spending bill released on Monday would relax Obama-era nutrition standards for school lunches. On page 101 of the spending bill due for congressional votes later this week, the Secretary of Agriculture is directed to allow states to grant schools exemptions so they can serve flavored, low-fat milk and bread products that are not whole grain rich. “If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition...
  • Michelle Obama’s ‘Legacy’ Unraveling=> Trump’s Agriculture Dept Unveils New Rules For School Lunches

    04/30/2017 11:21:27 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 56 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | Apr 30th, 2017
    Good news! Michelle Obama’s inedible school lunches are about to be a thing of the past. Michelle Obama admittedly loves enchiladas and french fries (and her figure showed it), but she loved to lecture everyone else’s children about eating vegetables. This is what you get with an elite, overreaching government, folks; they tell your children what to eat. Via The Daily Caller: Perdue and Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts will release a new interim rule “designed to provide flexibility for school meals” at an elementary school in Leesburg, Va. Monday, a USDA press release stated. The exact nature of the...
  • Students help revamp Orange County school lunch menu

    03/30/2017 12:50:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    WFTV Orlando ^ | March 30, 2017
    Lunch menus at schools across Orange County will soon be revamped, and those changes will be based on choices by the district’s toughest critics—students. Students at Dream Elementary School in Apopka casts their votes via iPads during a tasting Thursday. The process showed the important need to continue free or reduced meal programs. The goal of the taste test was to get all of the students on the same page when it comes to what they eat for breakfast and lunch at school. “We don’t want the food to end up in the trash can, so we do our homework...
  • Anonymous donor spends $13,250 to pay lunch debts for 148 students (Iowa)

    01/29/2017 9:17:49 AM PST · by bgill · 27 replies
    kvue ^ | Jan. 28, 2017 | im Norvell
    An anonymous donor has paid off lunch debts for 148 Johnston elementary school students whose accounts were in the red by $10 or more. The donation, totaling $13,250, was made Jan. 9. It benefited students in kindergarten through fifth grade in all five Johnston elementary schools, said Laura Sprague, director of communications. The Johnston Partnership also runs a program called Friday Friends that provides a packet of food for students to eat over the weekend. Each backpack costs around $8.15 per week and the program relies on donations.
  • Republicans look to scrap Michelle Obama school lunch plan [Children everywhere celebrate!]

    01/25/2017 4:28:42 PM PST · by markomalley · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/25/17
    The healthy school lunch program championed by former first lady Michelle Obama has had its fair share of criticism -- but with a new administration in place, the program could be rolled back. A document released by the office of Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., called for repealing certain aspects of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 – the legislation that helped put Michelle Obama’s hallmark program into law. The initiative is part of a broader plan released by Meadows titled, “First 100 Days: Rules, Regulations, and Executive Orders to Examine, Revoke and Issue.” The document calls for the Trump...