May 18, 2016
The House Education and Workforce Committee is marking up a child nutrition reauthorization bill today which addresses school lunch policies, nutrition standards and more. Heritage Foundation experts say it’s past time for Congress to reform these programs.
“Congress should eliminate the extreme nutrition standards that were pushed by First Lady Michelle Obama,” says Heritage Research Fellow Daren Bakst. “Nutrition standards for students should be driven by their parents, not dictated by federal bureaucrats. In concert with their local school districts, parents can determine how best to meet their students’ nutritional needs. At the end of the day, it’s not an issue of nutrition; it’s an issue of whether the federal government or parents know what‘s best for their children."
Added Heritage Policy Analyst Rachel Sheffield, “The Community Eligibility Program (CEP) should be deep-sixed, too. By insisting on providing free school meals to students from middle-class and wealthy families, it wastes money and makes a mockery of needs-based welfare assistance. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize meals for rich kids, and Congress should make sure that these benefits go to only those who truly need them. To do otherwise is to foster dependency and a false sense of entitlement.”
For more you can view Daren and Rachel's latest commentary piece on this issue HERE.