While Republicans look to roll back Michelle Obama's school lunch rules, the USDA decides to offer 'flexibility' to districts still struggling to find whole wheat pastas and bread.
Many districts also are having trouble finding fresh produce. And then there's the cost.
“We have bought $290,000 more in fresh fruits and vegetables over last year,” says Melanie Konarik, the child nutrition director at Spring ISD.
And much that winds up in the trash.
“Students discarded roughly 60-70 percent of the vegetables and 40 percent of the fruit on their trays, and that came from the Harvard School of Public Health,” Konarik tells KTRH News.
However, things are going much more smoothly at Cy-Fair ISD where Darin Crawford says the district started changing up the food long before the First Lady weighed in.
“We started six or seven years ago gradually phasing in the wheat rolls, where we would alternate days,” says Crawford. “Around 2009, we went to solely whole wheat on our dinner rolls.”
Now the district is beginning to phase in whole wheat pastas as well.
The trick is actually getting kids to eat the new healthier choices. Both Konarik and Crawford agree healthy eating habits really start at home in early childhood.