Reject USDA School lunch program? Punishment follows

You know the drill by now. Schools are abandoning the Michelle Obama’s school lunch programs due to the uneatability and loss of revenue. If you thought just giving back the subsidies would be the end of the story, think again. No, the jackboots come. The USDA promises a “Cascade of Regulations.”  It is the Chicago way.

In the words of board vice chairman John Laferriere:

“Essentially, we want to get off the federal teat. At the end of the day, that’s what it is. And we’re getting penalized for it.”

What did they think Michelle Obama et al. were going to do, give them a gold star for resisting?

Today’s lesson at Londonderry High: The purpose of Big Government is to become Bigger Government. Those who succumb are absorbed. Those who resist are squashed. H/T:Moonbattery


School officials last year decided to remove Londonderry High School from the National School Lunch Program after nutrition regulations championed by first lady Michelle Obama resulted in a significant drop in cafeteria sales, and a significant increase in food waste, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

The move meant the high school forfeited federal subsidies that come with the program, but officials increased lunch prices and introduced new offerings students love to make up the difference, and then some.

The high school’s successful transition, however, apparently doesn’t sit well with federal bureaucrats at the U.S. Department of Education, who apparently issued a threat to district officials recently in hopes of changing their minds.

The USDA’s national office told school officials they must provide an “accountability and reconciliation plan” to document production and waste in the high school’s kitchen and comply with “more than monthly” inspections to continue its arrangement“ Dining services director Amanda Venezia said Monday she was told in a conference call last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture may not treat the school as a processing facility,” the Union Leader reports. “The categorization would impose substantial regulatory and financial burdens, she said, require at least one new hire and lots of paperwork.”

More at EAG News

17 Responses to “Reject USDA School lunch program? Punishment follows”

  1. Steve Dennis Says:

    Almost my backyard there! I figured the subsidies would go away but of course that is not where it is going to end apparently. The feds are going to intimidate schools into compliance!

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  2. alec Says:

    To restate the obvious, the movement must always be to national control of all aspects of education. Power must always move inexorably away from the parents and teachers to administrators further and further away. Londonderry High School has a seriously flawed idea of who is really in charge…

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  3. Lisa Shin, O.D. Says:

    What a shameful waste! This proves that government programs & subsidies cannot replace what should be done in the home & by individuals. Parents should be the ones who primarily encourage healthy diet & exercise. Here, simple & low-cost solution: let parents pack their kids’ lunches. Plenty of yummy & kid-friendly food is also nutritious. &

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  4. wyowanderer Says:

    That’s the government way-if you can’t beat ’em, beat ’em down.
    I read last night that the White House was pressuring the USDA to report that Moochelle’s programs were working well…no surprise there.

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  5. Laura Bernard Mielcarek Says:

    Hmmmm, sanctuary cities get a pass, but not communities who opt out of the school lunch program? Something is so very, very wrong here….

    Liked by 2 people

  6. petermc3 Says:

    Close the cafeterias! Public schools have become indoctrination centers for the leftist agenda. Doubters need only talk with a cross section of students to convince themselves this is true. Washington controls US education at every strata and is not about to concede any of its death grip on power whether it be mandatory testing or force feeding of the student population. First locals gave all power to the state then the states gave all power to the central planners. This in all probability cannot ever be reversed unless at the point of a gun. Humus and raw carrots are here to stay unless….

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  7. Brittius Says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

    Liked by 1 person

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