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.”
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